make your own sushi and Survival Japanese Cooking[Record]

  • Shié Kasai

Montreal-based artist Shié Kasai presents a site-specific cross-cultural culinary experiment derived from her art practice in sculpture. Using local food products and kitchen equipment as material, Kasai created a multimedia riff on sushi, as she explains: “In response to this common understanding of what is considered to be Japanese, I have made sushi which I consider to be very Canadian.” Here we present Kasai’s paper craft model, make your own sushi, as well as seven photographs from Survival Japanese Cooking. This work is based on a survey that Kasai conducted with 154 Montrealers on their eating habits. The results were presented as part of a multi-media installation at MAI (Montreal, arts interculturels) in the Fall of 2008. Photographs from Survival Japanese Cooking are from the collection of the Canada Council Art Bank. According to a survey conducted with 154 Montrealers and their eating habits, the top most popular fruits were raspberry and blueberry 13% answered that maple syrup is “Canadian.” Respondents also noted that they enjoy it with breakfast foods such as eggs and bacon and other cabane à sucre favourites. Montreal is famous for its “steamé” hot dogs. (I’d also like to mention that I learned about “Grill-pain Hot Diggity Dogger” for the first time when one day I received my master card bill statement with the ad, it was for “Seulement $59.99.”) In Japan, the most popular Donut chain is “Mister Donut” where they also sell dim sum. As we witness the rapid popularity growth of sushi in Montreal and other parts of Canada, Tim Hortons may start selling Sushi in near future. According to the survey result, the most favourite restaurant type to eat out is Indian (74 votes out of 154), and the second and the third are Japanese (62) and Thai (60). Christmas celebration is a big deal. A Canadian/North American icon.