Fire at Renowned Tokyo Sushi Restaurant

Staff Writer
Monday morning, a fire broke out at the three-star Michelin sushi restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro.
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A fire broke out Monday morning at Sukiyabashi Jiro, the three-star Michelin Guide sushi restaurant in Tokyo.

According to Japan Today, the police reported the fire began around 11:30 a.m. on the B2f floor of the nine-story Ginza building. The fire originated in a storeroom used to house restaurant supplies.

Firefighters believe it began as a result of a sushi chef at Sukiyabashi Jiro using straw to smoke bonito. After returning it to the storeroom, the straw most likely ignited.

No injuries resulted from the fire, although the ceiling of the storeroom on the B1 floor was destroyed. The fire took about an hour to extinguish.

Sukiyabashi Jiro, owned and operated by sushi master Jiro Ono, has maintained its three-star Michelin streak for the past six years. The restaurant became famous by the film “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” and was ranked #15 in our list of 101 Best Restaurants in Asia for 2013.

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