IWSG: I Didn’t Think Sushi Would Be Inspirational

4 May

Always … look ahead and above yourself.

Always try … to improve on yourself.  Always strive to elevate your craft.

That’s what he taught me.

–Yoshikazu Ono (Jiro’s Son)


I never thought I’d find inspiration through Sushi … to continue the writing journey, to see room for improvement, to keep striving and walking on the yellow-brick road … never saw it coming.

It’s fish, right?

Jiro would probably say … you don’t get it … if you just see fish … you don’t get it.

And he’d be right.

This story is not for you.

I have a different vision of it and of the chefs who take the time to create this art.

Always try …


It’s a story that caught my eye … been in my Netflix queue for some time now … but I pressed play and gained a new perspective. It’s good as a writer to refresh your perspective even after an accomplishment. It’s good not to settle too long on a stepping stone, remembering those gold stars. Looking ahead on what else you can create, what you can improve upon is on deck.

Here’s this 80-something year-old man, whom I’ll probably never meet, and his 50-something year old son, teaching me something about craft, about striving, about persistence, about trying to be better than you were last time.

Commitment to passion.

I didn’t think Sushi would inspire.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi was the documentary that kept the inspirational spark burning. It touched a little on failure, but didn’t say things were epic fails, just said apprentices would keep trying until they got it right. Keep trying to master your craft.

That’s the thing about writing, sometimes it may feel like a failure because you can’t get the story right, or it wasn’t received well, but you can’t look at it that way, just have to keep trying. Even when things go great and the story is published or the play is produced, you’ve got to keep trying. The effort to improve continues. Always try …

It stuck with me … that simple message.

As a writer there have been many times when things didn’t look great from a creative or financial perspective, and I’d voluntarily or involuntarily place myself on hiatus. But after watching Jiro’s story and that of his sons, I think those self-imposed breaks will no longer take place.

I’ll just have to keep trying, trying to do better, because cultivating your passion takes undeniable effort and continued pursuit. Even when you’re insecure at times, like all writers and artists are from time to time, passion should outweigh insecurity in the end.

Always try … I’ll keep Jiro and Yoshikazu in mind.





8 Responses to “IWSG: I Didn’t Think Sushi Would Be Inspirational”

  1. Erika Beebe May 5, 2016 at 1:19 PM #

    I agree! Inspiration can come in the strangest of places so always keep a pen and pad of paper wherever you go. I’ve learned to at least and to always steer when a skill brings you great joy. Thank you.

    • The Guat May 6, 2016 at 10:18 PM #

      Yes! That’s a great idea, I usually put notes on my phone when I’m out and about, but when I’m hanging at home pad and paper are always a way to go. Thanks for reading.

  2. Sandra Yeaman May 5, 2016 at 3:39 PM #

    Have you seen Tampopo? It’s not about sushi, but it is about food–Japanese noodles. It’s wonderful, inspiring in its own way.

    Yesterday at my writing class the teacher had us write a story about an object. The course is about finding inspiration to unlock memories. The woman next to me wrote about a glass elephant her roommate gave her. The friend was a ballet dancer who was just not quite tall enough to get the parts she wanted. So she ended up trying out for a position as show girl in the circus on a dare. And she got the job and eventually learned that her family had been in the circus business before she was born. What a wonderful story it turned out to be, all prompted by an object.

    Inspiration can come from anywhere.

    • The Guat May 15, 2016 at 10:45 AM #

      I haven’t seen that one yet. I’ll have to check it out. And what a great writing exercise for your class. I often find an entire story lies behind simple objects, especially if they belonged to loved ones, or belonged to you when you were younger.

  3. James Pailly May 7, 2016 at 4:02 AM #

    Cooking is sort of an art form. Even more so when you’re preparing a delicacy like sushi.

    • The Guat May 7, 2016 at 7:05 PM #

      I completely agree now. This movie totally opened my eyes, I mean I knew it was an awesome skill from watching Emeril and Bobby Flay but man! Did this documentary flip a switch. Very cool when I can get inspired through food. Thanks for reading 🙂

  4. Anna October 26, 2016 at 2:26 PM #

    So here I am, having found you on the IWSG list. It’s kind of odd how I have just been picking random people on that huge list to visit their blogs and see what’s going on. I pulled up your blog, intending to only read one or two blog posts, and ended up reading all the posts from this date I’m commenting on to present.

    I want you to know that your posts make me feel. There’s not a single one I read that I didn’t feel something (humor, frustration, sympathy, or something else entirely). Being that this specific post is about inspiration, I wanted you to know that I (as a newbie blogger and writer) am inspired to keep practicing my craft because I’ve read your blog today.

    So I apologize for commenting so far back, but I thought you should know that your words make people feel. Don’t stop writing them.

    • The Guat October 29, 2016 at 2:12 AM #

      First off … thanks so much for clicking the link and reading my post, a few of them. I can’t tell you how awesomely amazing it was to find your comment. I am so glad that some of my adventures were able to transcend the blogosphere and inspire you to keep going. It’s good to know that some of my struggles and pat-on-the-back moments to date have made an impact and helped a writer keep writing. That’s the tough part, ironically. We always have big ideas and even bigger dreams but sometimes the writing doesn’t make its way to the paper. But not giving up and getting into Andre Agassi mode is key. I’m glad that my words made you feel … as a writer that’s one of the biggest compliments I’ve gotten. Thank you for your words and good luck on your journey. Hope to see you again. Buen Camino!

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