Understanding of sushi and sashimi
Sushi and sashimi might be one of the foods you'd like to try, when traveling in Japan surrounded by the sea. Both of them are raw fish, so you should think about whether you can eat raw fish, comparing with your daily meal in your country.
Both sushi and sashimi are originally Japanese cuisine made by chefs, and if you want to eat at a formal dining restaurant, they can be counted as one of the expensive meals. For some restaurants which are popular all over the world and have 10 seats or less, reservations are essential and cancellation on the day is basically regarded as a taboo.
However, sushi and sashimi are also Japanese soul food at the same time, so you can purchase sushi as a set and a pack of sashimi at a cheaper price in supermarkets. There are also many shops where you can eat sushi and sashimi included with lunch for about 1000 yen, which means they are familiar presence as well. In these shops, you can enjoy reasonably with miso soup and dessert etc, without making a reservation.
Since sushi and sashimi are raw, the price and deliciousness are directly affected depending on whether they land a lot in the best season. For example, eating saury in fall is the cheapest way to eat the most delicious saury. In this way, whenever eating raw fish, you always need to be conscious of the season. If you do not know which fish you should eat at a restaurant,choose from the menu's recommendation column or if you ask the chef, he will be happy to tell you what is particularly delicious that day.
Sushi and sashimi are often eaten with soy sauce and wasabi. In case of sushi, it is a trick to eat deliciously to put a very small amount of soy sauce on the part of material called "neta" so that soy sauce does not touch the part of rice called "shari" as much as possible. Some people dip sushi into soy sauce in the same way as sauce and dressing, but this is not recommended. As for sushi, it is said that you can pinch it with fingers to eat as well as eating with chopsticks. A garnish made of ginger, called "gari" is served together with sushi, but this is prepared as a palate cleaner in between.
Finally, sushi and sashimi go well with Japanese sake and beer as well as Japanese tea, so please enjoy them together as you like.