IDEAS

All Komatsu Yasuke, Legendary Sushi in Kanazawa

Komatsu Yasuke, Legendary Sushi in Kanazawa

25.03.2018
Komatsu Yasuke, hard at work making sushi in Kanazawa

Legendary Sushi in Kanazawa by a Legendary Master

Kanazawa has many top level sushi restaurants, and it’s often difficult to get seats, requiring a few months’ booking in advance. Komatsu Yasuke is well worth the wait.

Komatsu Yasuke’s master, Kazuo Marita, is one of Japan’s sushi legends. The staff of Ginza Kyubey’s main restaurant acknowledge that “he is the best.” Now over 80 years old, Morita still amazes us with his sushi. I’ve heard many a politician, actress and CEO fly from Tokyo just to have his sushi for lunch. Many people say, “I need his sushi in my life!”

Delicate plates of sushi in Kanazawa's legendary restaurant, Komatsu Yasuke

Why is this? . . .

He told me in his own his words during my last visit: “I don’t need to use the best ingredients. I could make fancy sushi, but I want to serve sushi at a reasonable price for everyone. Quality seasonal ingredients and locally-grown rice complement and unify each other. Each brings something the other lacks.” Some luxury sushi restaurants may push many different highlights beyond ingredients, but such is not his position. He hand serves each piece of sushi to his customers and says with a smile, “Isn’t it delicious?”

Komatsu Yasuke's sushi in Kanazawa fuses local ingredients for the perfect taste

A few years ago, his restaurant grew so popular, he became overly busy, and closed his shop briefly, saying he couldn’t make sushi with his heart. In 2017, he opened his current shop with a renewed passion. Many people had longed for the day, as his sushi is memorable and heartwarming. There is simply nothing like it.

Sushi Rolls and delicate ikebana in Komatsu Yasuke, sushi in Kanazawa

If you have a chance to visit Komatsu Yasuke, I recommend skipping the appetizers and order from sushi menu, and especially the maki sushi, or sushi rolls! His unakyu maki (eel and cucumber roll) and negitoro maki (tuna and green onion) are the best in this world. I hope he remains healthy, happy and making sushi as long as possible. I want to have my favorite hand rolled sushi one more time. . .

Komatsu Yasuke
Honmachi 2-17-21, Kanazawa, Ishikawa
5 minutes from Kanazawa Station
15 minutes by bus from Kaname Inn Tatemachi

 

photo credits: Nik van der Giesen (hitonoto)

Nao
Nao

Recently returned from her residence in Sweden, Komatsu-born Nao can tell you anything you need to know about sake, crafts and music and was herself a singer in Tokyo for nine years. She is now living in a machiya, a kind of old Japanese townhouse, for her project, hitonoto.