Un-TreeHugger: World's Biggest Sushi Overload (Video)

Photos: World Records Academy and Dailymotion

With over 75 percent of the world's oceans being overfished and knowing the large carbon footprint of sushi, it's hard to be a green sushi-lover nowadays.

That said, it's all the more disconcerting to see the sushi equivalent of the McMansion being served up at Umewaka Restaurant of Anjo, Japan. Famous for its oversized futomaki rolls, Umewaka is best known for its "Generous Roll," a seaweed-wrapped monster which measures 25 centimeters (9.8 inches) and weighs 6 kilograms (13.2 lbs). This behind-the-scenes video shows the insane amount of fish that's stuffed inside:
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According to the World Records Academy, it's the world's largest sushi roll, made with over 24 ingredients like egg, vegetables and a variety of raw seafood including endangered bluefin tuna, and is rolled with 2 meters (6.5 feet) of rice and seaweed. Thanks to its size, the gigantic roll needs to be pre-ordered at least 2 days in advance and costs ¥15,000 (US $196.69).

But that's not all -- Umewaka also serves up giant nigiri sushi, which is typically a hand-moulded rice ball topped with a slice of raw fish. However, Umewaka's nigiri are anything but hand-sized: their jumbo nigiri set includes huge slabs of egg and seafood like "maguro" (bluefin tuna).


And it's a huge one: apparently, this one slab can be split into 40 regular-sized pieces alone. Just imagine the mercury content in there!

The alarmingly large set is served alongside what is probably the world's smallest nigiri set -- all fitting into a matchbox.


Though it's all right to eat small amounts of sushi, especially if it's occasional and involving species that are not being critically overfished, Umewaka's fare is too freakishly-sized to be a reasonable idea. Let's hope at least they have a 'no-waste' sushi policy that requires patrons to finish everything.

In the meantime, fish fans can still find ways to eat fish (and sushi) more sustainably -- either by eating small amounts of smaller fish that are lower in the food chain (such as mackerel, sardines or herring), or by ensuring that the fish you eat isn't an endangered species, like bluefin tuna.

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