Hey @Sgee, are you sorry you even initiated this?
Who is “us” @J_L? You’ve had this issue with me labeling things American before. I corrected it and apologize. I was coming off a bad migraine, but thought @Sgee’s shout out to me was sweet and I wanted to play along. So I asked for a hint. Sorry if you think learning all the Japanese names for the different nigiri, sashimi, skewers, yakitori, etc. is easy and therefore I’m somehow offensive to an itamae, and you apparently. It is hard for me to communicate in higher-end (or traditional) Japanese restaurants, because I don’t know Japanese and the server knows little English. I hate to make them, myself or my dinner companion uncomfortable by constantly asking to repeat themselves. So yes, I do eat a lot of foods I don’t understand. I don’t have time or the cash to completely immerse myself in my fictitious sushi school studies. But I keep it up because Japanese food is my favorite food. So I come to this board for help. This has been so helpful btw. I don’t think I’ve graduated from anything. It’s not a real school btw… it’s fun! In fact you made the comment on my last Shiki report that I had graduated to my 301s. I was flattered and took the compliment even though I knew it couldn’t be further from the truth.
I try to be respectful of people on this board and their cultures. I love it actually. It’s why I’m here. But tolerance goes both ways. It’s not fun to read comments about ugly Americans, Westerners or how U.S. citizens are oblivious and subversive… not a peep from you on that btw. But my calling things American is an outrage.
Just a little background. About a third of my extended family are Japanese-Americans and Chinese-Americans. We are all very close and us females barely go a day without talking, texting or emailing. Our male family and friends call us the JLC. I myself am mixed with a plethora of ethnicities. Nobody has accused me of being a bigot or insensitive. I am American born and my parents are American born. I cannot help if my perspectives come from that place, and I do occasionally put my foot in my mouth. Shhh… I also end my sentences with a preposition sometimes. Oh the horror!
FYI, some seem to think everyone is like us on this board - food geeks. Most of my family who actually have parents born in Japan don’t have half the sushi knowledge that even I do, which we have now confirmed is limited. They can pronounce things better than me when reading a menu though , but they barely know any of pieces outside of the basics. It’s just not something they’re passionate about.
I apologize for interrupting this thread and blighting your lovely report. I like you and have taken your corrections well for the most part and am usually relieved someone has spoken up to correct me. But occasionally there is the snark factor which can be bruising.
I will definitely make sure to stay out your lane from now on.