The art of sushi making was created in Japan thousands of years ago as a way of preserving raw, cleaned fish. It was pressed between rice and salt by a heavy stone for a few weeks and then covered with a lighter material like seaweed until the fish had fermented.
In the 18th century, a chef from Tokyo named Yohei Hanaya, decided to forget about the fermentation process and serve it fresh. Fresh sushi became very popular, and two distinct styles emerged–the kansai style from Osaka and the edo style from Tokyo.
The edo style consists primarily of seasoned rice mixed with other ingredients, and the kansai style is made with a small bit of seafood on a pad of rice. Most people in the United States are familiar with the edo style. Savannah is teeming with sushi bars serving a multitude of tasty rolls in a myriad of ways. If you are craving a sushi lunch or dinner, link here for a list of sushi bars in the area and their ratings and reviews: www.yelp.com