Have you ever wondered where sushi originated? The art of sushi began long ago in Southeast Asia and spread to Japan around the 8th century. Originally, it was a way to preserve fish. The fish used to be wrapped in fermented rice which could preserve the meat for months. After the fish had been successfully preserved and used, they would throw the rice away!

In the Edo period (between 1603 and 1868), the fish began to be arranged in such a way that the rice could be eaten along with it. The rice was no longer used for fermenting the fish and began to be mixed with vinegar, vegetables, and dried foods.

Sushi began being sold in the United States in the early 1900’s once Japanese people began to immigrate. However, the first American sushi restaurants did not begin to pop up until the 1960’s in large cities like New York City and Los Angeles. In fact, the California roll was invented in Los Angeles by putting avocado in place of the tuna in a maki roll.

Now, Sushi Joa proudly serves Mercer Island and strives to provide the best possible sushi options for you and your family. We offer all kinds of sushi, from traditional favorites to special rolls you will not be able to find anywhere else! Ask us about both our sashimi and traditional sushi options.

Come see us today for an amazing dining experience you won’t forget. If Kirkland is easier to get to than Mercer Island, check here to find out exactly where we are located. We hope you come hungry!