Fire breaks out in Ginza building with famous sushi restaurant

TOKYO —

A fire broke out on Monday morning in a Ginza building housing the Michelin Guide 3-star sushi restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro.

Police said the fire started at around 11:30 a.m. in the B2 floor of the 9-story building at Ginza 4-chome. According to TV media, the fire started in a storeroom for restaurant supplies. Firefighters were quoted as saying that a sushi chef at Sukiyabashi Jiro on B1 floor had been using straw to smoke bonito and that the straw most likely ignited after he returned it to the storeroom.

Firefighters said the ceiling of the storeroom was destroyed but there were no injuries caused by the fire which took about an hour to extinguish.

Sukiyabashi Jiro has received 3 Michelin stars for six years in a row.

Japan Today

  • 2

    GenConsensus

    Jiro dreams of a fire!

  • -1

    USNinJapan2

    Sukiyabashi Jiro is totally overrated. Friendly/good service is only for celebs and foreigners and Ono Jiro, the owner/operator who is the reason the place is rated three stars by Michelin, is almost never there.

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    Wakarimasen

    Never managed to get a place there. The movie was kind of ok'ish. Sure there must be other sushi places as good. any recommendations?

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    spudman

    Kappazushi, this is your chance to collar the market

  • 3

    Cos

    I always believed the true reason for serving the sashimi raw is you can't trust those guys with the matches...

  • -1

    FightingViking

    there must be other sushi places

    "Kaitenzushi" anyone ?

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    talexa05

    @>>USNinJapan,

    Do you know from personal experience if it's overrated? When were you there? If what you say is true then I can see why Mr. Jiro wouldn't be there. That's the problem with really famous eats, you can't expect the master to show up.

  • 3

    Laguna

    Went for raw fish and a barbecue broke out.

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    Ranger_Miffy2

    My local Ryogoku Edo Sushi place also had a fire this morning. Walked past the fire trucks and peeked inside to see a lot of blackened ashes. Wow! Is someone torching the sushi joints?

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    talexa05

    Could be an arsonist on the loose.

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    Jack Stern

    West Tokyo has a very good chain called Choshi Maru. I go by car. Excellent large fresh neta.

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    habidaccus

    My school's behind that building. We wrre wondering why they had ten different trucks there.

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    USNinJapan2

    talexa05

    Do you know from personal experience if it's overrated? When were you there?

    Ate there three times over the last six years. Ironically, I'd say that the three Michelin stars are the primary draw for the place, not the actual sushi that's served.

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    JeffinJapan

    USNinJapan2, it's so overrated that you spent hundreds of dollars to go ack 2 more times???

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    Kim Tondo Laus

    Hmmmmmnnn.... Some insurance co. Will be very busy again...they wont loose anything, coz when they pay, double they earn .... Smell something sushi...:)

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    USNinJapan2

    JeffinJapan

    USNinJapan2, it's so overrated that you spent hundreds of dollars to go ack 2 more times???

    The second and third times weren't by choice (otsukiai). People do dine at establishments they don't particularly like for professional reasons you know? Clients, guests, etc.

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