Akifumi Sakagami, a head chef at Sushi Ginza Onodera restaurant in Tokyo, makes a sushi set. Photo: AFP

Warm hands, taste-changing periods: Japan’s women sushi chefs fight myths for place at table

  • The world of ‘washoku’, or Japanese cuisine, has long been dominated by men, with women estimated to make up less than 10 per cent of sushi chefs
  • The work requires years to master. Apprentices must learn everything from the names of different types of fish to removing scales and slicing properly
Topic |   Japan
Akifumi Sakagami, a head chef at Sushi Ginza Onodera restaurant in Tokyo, makes a sushi set. Photo: AFP
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