Sushi gardeners in Japan are now able to make their own sushi and serve it to friends and family on the same plate.
In a new article published in the Japanese journal Food and Nutrition Science and Technology, Japanese scientists explain how they do this, and it involves using an artificial light bulb to create the illusion of a full-sized bowl of sushi.
It’s not exactly a novel idea in sushi-making, but the scientists behind this work say it could have huge potential for helping sushi chefs and diners alike.
“The light bulb makes it appear as though there’s a sushi bowl inside the light bulb,” said Tatsuo Nakamura, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Tokyo.
Nakamura was the lead author of the study.
“It allows the person to get a feel for the quality of the sushi by using a light bulb.
They also get a sense of the texture and the aroma of the fish,” Nakamura said.
The light bulbs are usually placed inside a light-up glass container, which serves as the center of the dining room.
Namiko Nakamura holds a light up glass container.
Named the Sushi Garden light bulb, it has been designed to give people an impression of the size of a sushi roll.
The researchers say they designed the light-bulb-like container to give the illusion that the bowl inside was actually a full sushi roll, which allows diners to understand the quality and quantity of the meal they’re eating.
The paper, titled “The Sushi Sink: The Light-Up Glass Container and Its Impact on Taste Perception,” was published online on February 27.
The experiment was conducted at the Nagoya University of Agriculture and Science.
The scientists said the light was placed inside the container, as it is for sushi-sushi-sausage, and the bowl was placed in the center.
When the light bulbs were turned on, the bowl filled with sushi.
When the light turned off, the lightbulb did not turn on, but instead remained on.
It is not known why this happens, but it could be a result of how the light is set up and its color.
Nagoya is a member of the Japanese Society of Food Science, a prestigious scientific society in Japan.
The paper was supported by the Japan Science Foundation and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Innovation.