Kannosuke, a traditional sushi restaurant that serves up fresh rolls, rolls, and slices of sushi, has taken a break, but not before a huge online backlash has been unleashed.
On Twitter, the hashtag #Kannosuke is trending worldwide and in several countries.
In the United States, the restaurant, which closed last year, received more than 15,000 tweets, many of which were negative, calling for the restaurant to close.
But many Japanese people are enjoying their sushi as a delicacy that is not just a snack for the evening.
“I don’t like eating a lot of spicy things like spicy pork and spicy hot sauce.
It’s not something that I eat very often,” said Takayuki Nishikata, a 27-year-old chef who has been at Kanno for four years.
“When I eat sushi, I’m eating the same things.”
Nishikatta, who also goes by the name Takaya, said he was disappointed with the restaurant’s decision to close in the face of the growing public backlash.
“My restaurant is an institution, and I feel like it has been damaged because of a small group of people who are not satisfied with what I do,” he said.
Nishiketa said he had to consider his future plans for Kannóku, which he owns with his wife, Takayumi, who has worked in the restaurant for the past 10 years.
But the two said they are not afraid of losing the restaurant if they lose the support of the public.
“We can’t just keep going like this.
I’m not willing to just let people down,” Nishikita said.
In response to Nishiketas request, the public relations firm for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said it has asked the local authorities to take measures to support the business.
“If the government does not take the necessary measures, it would be a shame,” said Hiroshi Nakashima, a spokesperson for the Japanese Tourism Agency, which oversees the Tokyo metropolitan area.
Nishika said he is currently planning to make a business offer to get back into business.
He said he plans to work with his former colleagues and the public to find a solution.
In October, Nishiketo announced plans to close the restaurant and to donate the remaining proceeds to the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo.
“Our goal is to reopen the restaurant in the near future, but we cannot rely on people to make this happen,” he wrote in an email to National Geographic.
“The Japanese people have always believed in the concept of family, and they will continue to do so.”
The restaurant is also planning to reopen in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, but it is unclear if they will be able to get off the ground.
“Kanno is doing the right thing in keeping the Kannocho, which is part of the history of sushi,” Nishika wrote.
“But the situation in Japan has changed since the restaurant closed.
The public now views sushi as an expensive luxury, and the restaurant is facing criticism from the government.”
Read more at National Geographic: Japan’s Kannōku closes amid public backlash, calls for closure