影/壽司產業是男人天下?日本女師傅走自己的路 | Female chef aims to revolutionize Japan’s restaurant industry

在日本,壽司師傅向來以男性為主,這項傳統時至今日仍深深影響日本。許多餐廳依舊禁止女性站在吧台後、在客人面前製作壽司。

Sushi chefs in Japan have always been men and this tradition continues to dominate. Many restaurants still do not allow women to stand behind the counter and make sushi in front of the customers. 

對於Yuki來說,作為一名女性壽司師傅要面對的挑戰從採買新鮮魚貨就開始了。

For Yuki, the challenge of being a female sushi chef doesn’t begin with technique. It starts at the crack of dawn when she heads to the market to buy fish. 

在魚市場裡,很少有魚販認真看待她,他們大多認為Yuki做壽司不過是場兒戲,因而對她冷眼相待,甚至拒絕賣魚給她。Yuki很清楚壽司產業對女性不友好的慘酷現實,她承認,不論她如何努力對抗惡意攻擊或刻板印象,她內心始終覺得自卑。

She is often ridiculed by market fish vendors for “playing kitchen” as they refuse to sell her any fish. Yuki recognizes the disheartening and brutal reality of the industry, admitting that while she “fought back against the criticisms and prejudice”, she still “felt inferior in her heart”. 

不過,她並沒有因此被擊倒。她相信,只要持續精進自己的手藝,讓自己成為一名富有經驗與技術的壽司師傅,將幫助她成功開一間餐廳,並在壽司產業中開闢出一條屬於自己的道路。

However, Yuki smiles on. She believes that focusing on getting “more skilled and experienced” will help her achieve her goal: making a name for herself & her restaurant. 

她期盼,透過開創一種嶄新的握壽司風格、重新定義壽司的極簡美學,能使她贏得尊重,讓大家用和男性同樣的標準檢視她,甚至超越同行的男性師傅。

Yuki hopes to be upheld to the same expectations as men by going above and beyond: innovating a different style of sushi by redefining simplicity. 

Yuki表示:「壽司撼動了我的靈魂」,並稱,女性不應該試圖成為男性師傅,而要學會欣賞女性獨有的特質,以新的構思改變壽司產業。

“Discovering sushi shook my soul,” Yuki exclaims. She believes that females should not try to be like male chefs, but celebrate their unique qualities and change the status quo with new ideas. 

許多女性壽司師傅都曾嘗試打進這個男性主導的行業,卻都以失敗告終,雖然大多數女性先輩都放棄了,但Yuki的壽司之路還在繼續。

Many female sushi chefs have attempted at breaking into the industry, to no avail. Most eventually gave up, but for Yuki, the battle continues.