A wise man once said something to the effect of, "Life is like a sushi dinner; you never know what the hell you are eating." Well now it's time to get a hold of your life through better understanding of your sushi dinners thanks to the wonderful new sushi knowledge app perplexingly titled The Shushi Cataligue.
I know you're thinking, "That's some Grade A Engrish right there!" and you would be right in thinking so. I hoped that "shushi cataligue" is how you would write "sushi catalogue" in Portuguese or something, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Straight up and painfully obvious title failure. "Shushi" is especially mind-boggling, because "shushi" is not how you say or spell "sushi" in Japanese, because, um, well, "sushi" is a Japanese word.
Anyway, enough of my griping, lets forget the title and delve deeper into what this app has to offer. Shushi Cataligue (cringe) is a collaboration between big-name Japanese publisher Shogakukan and well-known electronics maker Fujitsu to bring you the alpha and omega of sushi-related reference apps (they didn't bother to have anyone with one modicum of English ability check their title, though).
The app is based on a picture book published in 1997 by Shogakukan that displays and discusses 80 different types of sushi, covering all the basics plus a bunch of regional specialties. This app combines this information with a handy search function and internet access to make a truly helpful and informative app.
Lets take a look at the most popular of sushi toppings, tuna ("maguro" in Japanese), to see what kind of information is available. The Shushi Cataligue (shudder) doesn't simply cover basic tuna, it has information on the numerous different varieties and cuts of tuna that find their way onto your sushi plate. It even covers where the fish are normally caught and the flavor characteristics of the sushi.
The sushi pictures are pretty mouthwatering, and the app also features pictures of a lot of pre-sushified, still-living fish, making for an app that is pretty handy for teaching kids about where sushi comes from and the different kinds of fish in the sea. Kids love going to kaiten-zushi (conveyor belt sushi) restaurants, so bringing this app along for the next outing could make the meal a bit more fun and educational.
With all the regional variations and relatively rare sushi toppings, there's plenty of stuff in this app that I've never tasted or heard of before. I've never heard of the "gurukun" (bananafish) shown in the picture up above, but the colorful Okinawa-native sure looks tasty sliced up and placed on a ball of rice...
The app also features Fujitsu's ONESWING Series search technology, which offers some pretty powerful search capabilities.
There's also a pretty accurate voice search function for easy searching on the go. You can also search for which fish are in season at a certain time of year or by "genre" of fish (white fish, red fish, shellfish, etc.).
The best part, though, is definitely the pictures. They're really appetizing and will make you want to go out and get some sushi.
Ikura (salmon roe), king of the gunkan-maki, and shellfish sushi, the best match for some sake... I'm so hungry right now... Kaiten-zushi time! Thanks, Shushi Cataligue! (facepalm)
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Device used: HTC J ISW13HT
Publisher: Fujitsu Personals
Last updated: 1/21/2013
Price: 450 yen
Compatibility: Android 2.2 or higher
Translation by Jason Morgan