About this site

Welcome to the World-Wide Sushi Reference!

This site began as a catalog of all the sushi restaurants worldwide (outside of Japan) I could find. It was great! As far as I know we were the first sushi restaurant guide on the web (all the way back in 1994), and for a long time we were the best. We even made the New York Times in 1997!

Twenty years later, sushi had changed and the web had changed.

Sushi is everywhere now! It used to be hard to find, but now it seems like there’s a sushi joint in all but the smallest towns. It’s a great time to be a sushi lover! But it was less great to try to keep track of all of those places opening and closing. Our listings got more and more out of date as we got further and further behind.

The way we get information on the web is different now too — instead of specialized sites like ours, these days people go to huge general communities like Google and Yelp. And who can blame them! Much more complete listings, many more reviewers and contributors. This site was never my main job, so I could never really compete with those big guys.

I had a blast running the old site, but it’s more than I can do to keep up with that original vision. Maybe one day I’ll have the time and ability to curate a big reference site again. But for now I’d rather have a small site with even just a little bit of good information than a big mess that’s creaky and out-of-date – so welcome to the “new” World-Wide Sushi Reference. It’s a modest site with a little bit of information about sushi – essentially the best, most timeless parts of the old site, plus any new articles I can pull off. I hope it helps you, teaches you something, makes you smile, or just makes you hungry for sushi.

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