What’s the Difference Between Sushi and Zushi?

Every so often, you may notice the word “zushi” crop up where you expect to read “sushi”. This can cause confusion for people not familiar with the Japanese language, who are led to wonder if zushi might be an entirely different kind of dish. In truth, this is simply a use of one of Japan’s grammatical rules.

In Japanese, certain consonants need to be “hardened” when they are the first letter of a word that has been paired with a prefix. The “S” of sushi is therefore hardened into a “Z” when it is used in compound words like “makizushi” (sushi roll), or “edomaezushi” (Edo-style sushi). For this reason, you can expect to never see “zushi” used on its own. Meanwhile, many restaurants in the United States will use terms like “maki sushi” to avoid confusion with their English-speaking clientele.

In whatever form it may take, the sushi at our Issaquah sushi restaurant is sure to make for a quality Japanese dining experience. Come and try some of your favorites tonight!