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Making Sushi in Space

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Making Sushi in Space

I read in the news that Japanese astronauts (Souichi Noguchi and Naoko Yamazaki) at the ISS (International Space Station) prepared and served sushi in space. Although some sushi rice was flying around because of zero gravity, they managed to make temakizushi (hand-rolled sushi) using tuna and prawns as toppings. Naoko Yamazaki was also wearing a pink kimono for the demonstration. Noguchi said that he would like to introduce Japanese culture as well as teaching science through his works. They shared the sushi with the other crew. I wonder what sushi tastes like in space?

Japanese Translation

宇宙で手巻き寿司

国際宇宙ステーションに搭乗中の日本人宇宙飛行士、野口聡一さんと山崎直子さんが宇宙ですしを作ったというニュースを読みました。無重力のため、ご飯が浮かび上がったりもしたそうですが、マグロやえびを使った手巻き寿司を作ることができたということでした。山崎直子飛行士は、この実演のためにピンクの着物を着ていました。野口飛行士は、ISSの活動を通して、科学はもちろん、日本文化を広めるきっかけとしたいと話していました。すしは同僚の飛行士にもふるまわれました。宇宙でのすしはどんな味だったのでしょうか。

Romaji Translation

Kokusai uchuu steeshon ni toujouchuu no nihon-jin uchuuhikoushi, Noguchi Souichi-san to Yamazaki Naoko-san ga uchuu de sushi o tsukutta to iu nyuusu o yomimashita. Mujuuryoku no tame, gohan ga ukabiagattari mo shita sou desu ga, maguro ya ebi o tsukatta temakizushi o tsukuru koto ga dekita to iu koto deshita. Yamazaki Naoko hikoushi wa, kono jitsuen no tame ni pinku no kimono o kiteimashita. Noguchi hikoushi wa, ISS no katsudou o tooshite, kagaku wa mochiron, nihon bunka o hiromeru kikkake to shitai to hanashite imashita. Sushi wa douryou no hikoushi ni mo furumawaremashita. Uchuu deno sushi wa donna aji datta no deshou ka.

Note: The translation is not always literal.

Beginner's Phrases

I wonder what sushi tastes like in space?

  • Uchuu deno sushi wa donna aji datta no deshou ka.
  • うちゅうでの すしは どんな あじだったのでしょうか。
  • 宇宙でのすしはどんな味だったのでしょうか。
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