On The Constant Pursuit

afterlight copy 3Last night Nati and I watched the amazing movie/documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a piece that takes a close look into the life and work of the world’s best sushi master, Jiro Ono. At the time the movie was filmed, he was 85 years old and has been on the pursuit of mastering his craft for 75 years. His simple approach to sushi is not a secret. In fact, many people have the same techniques as he. But because of his passion and obsession for his life’s  work, he chose to strive for perfection and improvement in all areas constantly. And I think that is a great reminder for all of us who do what we do and love it everyday.

Sometimes I get days where I question why did I pick the industry I’m in today and I’d imagine how different my life would be like if I chose another path. But then I realized that what I’m thinking about is nonsense. I love my work and the people that make that happen. I love the atmosphere and the challenge. And to boil it down to the simplest explanation – it’s just purely fascinating. So if you’re needing a little inspiration for your work or just a little push, I highly recommend watching the film. It’s a great eye-opener and I know we can all learn from it.

P.S. If you’d like to watch the trailer for Jiro Dreams of Sushi, you can take a peek here! The entire film is available on Netflix. Enjoy!

Happy weekend everyone!

Photo by yours truly

5 thoughts on “On The Constant Pursuit

  1. Diana

    I love Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and found it so inspiring! I think what I loved most was Jiro’s emphasis on meticulous practice. Often I feel frustrated with my skills and wish I had “mastered” something already — Jiro showed that mastery is something unattainable, but always worth working towards. And that a lot of the joy of your work can come from doing simple practice.

    Thanks for reminding me of this film — may have to watch it again! :)

    1. Celestine Post author

      Yes! He’s truly an inspiration and his work is exceptional. I love his approach to improvement as well and that even he doesn’t think he has mastered his craft. Very humbling :)

  2. Sarah Rose

    That doc is a favorite of mine! I printed out a quote from Jiro (translated to English) and have it up in my workspace. This excerpt is the gist of it: “You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill.”

    It’s a great reminder to stick to your guns, and give it your all! Definitely an inspiring film!


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