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I'm a little surprised that the question presumes that there is a correct way of eating sushi.

FOOD & DRINK: THE FULL NORI

What's green and slimy and gets stuck between your toes? Michael Bateman on the latest in haute cuisine

Food: Miso magic

Simon Hopkinson revels in the obsessive purity and freshness of Japanese cooking; This meltingly sweet soybean coating, sticky and almost fermented, so deeply fine and almost pungent, transforms the slippery flakes to look like pieces of mother-of-pearl

Japan In Britain: Music and manga hit the mainstream

The profile of the Japanese community in Britain has changed dramatically over the last 20 years, helping to spark a booming interest in Japanese exotica, particularly among the nation's trendy twenty-somethings.

Japan In Britain: Sushi and saki set give way to a new generation

The Yaohan Plaza, the huge Japanese shopping centre in north London, is to be sold. Business problems in Japan and staff difficulties have all hit the complex. But Tim Large says it also shows that the face of the Japanese community in London is changing.

Cafe Society: Yo! Sake

Drinking something that was originally made 2,000 years ago with spit may not sound like the best way to kick off a meal but it's proving popular at one of London's newest restaurants, as Nikki Spencer found out

Chill out

Food: Pasta salads can be very cool

Delighted of Tunbridge Wells

IGEN; 11 Church Row, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1HP. Tel: 01892 530659. Open Tuesday to Saturday noon to 2.30pm and 6 to 10pm and Sunday 7 to 10pm. Average price per person without drinks, pounds 15. Major credit cards accepted

books: What's the story?

Guy Mannes-Abbott on a florid fabulist; A Way of Being Free by Ben Okri, Phoenix House, pounds 12

Tupac rebels succumb to sushi

When hostages start relating to their captors, psychologists call it the Stockholm syndrome. In Peru, they're calling this one the Sushi syndrome. The bad guys are said to be becoming more and more like their captives.

Recruited by a Japanese cult

NOBU The Metropolitan Hotel, 19 Old Park Lane, London W1Y 4LB. Tel: 0171 447 4747. Open Monday to Saturday 6 to 10.15pm and from 1 April noon to 3pm. Chef's choice menu from pounds 50 per person. Average a la carte price, pounds 40. Credit cards accepted

First, be polite to your trolley

YO! SUSHI; 52-53 Poland Street, London W1 3DF. Tel: 0171 287 0443. Open daily noon to 11pm. Average price, pounds 10 per person. No reservations. Major credit cards accepted

Mushy peas be warned: sushi is heading north

It's raw, it's Japanese, and it could soon be on sale in a supermarket near you. By Michael Bateman

Three-day journey to your dinner table

Supermarkets apart, sushi is very expensive, and the reason those raw slivers cost so much is that they have to come a long way very, very quickly.

Sushi poisons 5,000 Japanese children

"Eel, source of strength in the midsummer heat," wrote an anonymous lyricist in the 8th-century poetry anthology, the Ten Thousand Leaves. For 1,200 years, Japanese have fortified themselves against lethargy in the hottest months by eating this most delicious of fish: eels on rice, broiled eel kidneys, and sea eel sushi - cooked, doused in sweet sauce, and served on bite-sized morsels of sticky rice. But after this year, eels will never taste the same again.

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