A handful of female chefs in Japan are arranging the rice, slicing the fish and challenging the age-old notion that women can’t make sushi.

Like sumo wrestlers and geisha, Anna Fifield notes, sushi chefs are stereotypical personifications of Japanese culture. Male-dominated culture. Accordingly, sushi chefs should be old, serious men who can wield a knife and deliver a masterful performance.

 So why aren’t women typically seen as able? Warm hands and unreliability caused by, you know, from “that time of the month.”


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