At last! We’re here to answer all your burning questions about sushi’s ‘biggests’ and ‘best’. From the amount of gold-wrapped nigiri to the number of rice grains eaten, here are ten weird and wonderful world records.
1. What: The longest sushi roll
It contained daikon radish and sesame
It measured 2,845m
Who: Tamana Otawara Festival Executive Committee (nearly 400 people)
Where: Tamana City Labor Athletic Center, in Tamana, Kumamoto, Japan
When: 20th November 2016
2. What: The most expensive sushi
5 pieces of nigiri covered in gold and diamonds.
It cost $1,978
Who: Angelito Araneta Jr.
Where: The Philippines
When: 28th June 2010
3. What: The largest sushi ‘mosaic’
56.5m² of sushi
Who: Leonardo Figeroa Aguilar and a lot of Norwegians
Where: Aspmyra Stadion, Bodo, Norway
When: 18th September 2016
4. What: Most norimaki made in two minutes
Who: Joakim Lundblad
Where: Stockholm, Sweden
When: 25th November 2001
5. What: World’s largest (and busiest) fish market
660,000 tonnes of fish a year
The market sells over $2.7m of fish a day!
Who: Tsukiji fish market
Where: Tokyo, Japan (although it looks like it’s going to move)
6. What: Most expensive fish sold
222kg Bluefin tuna
(That’s $8,000/kg, more than 8x the price of silver)
Who: Kiyoshi Kimura of Sushi Zanmai
Where: Tsukiji fish market
When: January 2013
7. What: Most nigiri eaten in six minutes
141 pieces eaten
Who: Tim ‘Eater X’ Janus
Where: San Francisco, USA
When: 11th April 2008
It’s also worth noting that Tim ‘Eater X’ Janus also holds the world record for eating the most ramen noodles with chopsticks. It took him 8 minutes to eat 4.76kg of ramen in October 2007. Which just about beat our effort last Thursday.
8. What: Most rice balls eaten in 30 minutes
150 balls eaten (9kg)
Who: Takeru Kobayashi
Where: ‘Food Battle Club’, Japanese TV show
Takeru Kobayashi also holds the soba noodle eating title, for eating 9.66kg of noodles in 12 minutes.
9. What: Most grains of rice eaten with a chopstick in a minute
Who: Rob Beaton
Where: New York, USA
When: 12th November 2008
10. What: The largest onigiri (rice ball) made
Who: Nakanoshima Noukyou Festival
Where: Niigata, Japan
And last, but not least…
What: The most people hugging soft toys simultaneously
Who: Staff, cast and fans of ‘Yokai-Watch’ the movie
Where: Tokyo, Japan
When: November 2016
Thank you, record-breakers, for making the world a little brighter. We salute you!