October 5 - 1992: Japan's sushi secret has a Cape Cod connection

That little fishing community was Provincetown
Bluefin Tuna. Photo courtesy of NOAA.

Writer praises Cape-caught Tuna

On this date in 1992, a letter extolling the tuna caught off Cape Cod was written by Michael Stephens and appeared in the New York Times on October 5, 1992.

Mr. Stephens's letter was in response to an article in the Times in September, "U.S. Sushi? Tokyo Frets. Sushi Boy Says Yes." (Sept. 21).

In his letter, he remembered eating delicious sushi in Tokyo and after many servings, asked where they tuna was from.  He expected to here that it was from somewhere in the Pacific and was surprised when the chef said it "comes from a little fishing community I am sure you never heard of."

That little fishing community was Provincetown.

Read Mr. Stephens's letter here.

Editor's Note: There are still some us us who believe the word "Sushi" in Japanese really means "Raw Bait", and agree with Woody Allen who said,

"I always like my oysters fried.
That way I know my oysters died."

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