Among sashimi, uramaki and hymns of love to the meat of Kobe, here are some pieces to hold the chopsticks and let go. At the table or on the track
Sushi, sashimi, uramaki, edamame, tempura. There Japanese food has now found its own stable place in the heart of us Italians, and more generally in that of the greedy of the whole world. Merit of its traditions and its autochthonous products of the highest quality, of course: and so is its lexicon – even the apparently more technical or complicated to remember – has now become extremely common. In everyday life, when we are at the restaurant ready to launch into a feast of rice and fish, but also in the world of music.
Here then is that, alongside the timeless Tomato soup or to the various Chocolate ice cream, sweet and a little salty, today more and more songs refer precisely to Japanese specialties. Any examples? We have collected five of them, to hold the ordinance chopsticks and prepare ourselves for a nice musical binge.
Inside Out – Mahmood
The winner of the last edition of Sanremo, runner-up at the 2019 Eurovision with the song Money, obviously he still has a lot, a lot of hunger for success. So what is the best dish to satiate this appetite? Some good uramaki, come to answer, as the new traditions of Milanese millennials & co impose. Or so we would say by scrolling through the titles of his EP Wasted Youth, among which we find a single that bears the name of the famous Japanese roll.
Live all lives – Elisa and Carl Brave
"Let's go to the sushi and you eat the edamame, I who went to the matriciane". This is the verse of the Roman rapper Carl Brave in the passage Live all lives, sung in collaboration with Elisa: two verses that well summarize the meeting and (sometimes) the clash between the local granite tradition and the new suggestions coming from the East, represented in this case by the now famous soy beans.
Bon Appétit – Katy Perry
Even overseas, the Japanese tradition has now fully entered pop culture. Katy Perry proves it to us, that in her Bon Appétit – cleverly played on the double meanings of the gastronomic dictionary – it is defined first as a 5-star Michelin restaurant, and then as a succulent Kobe fillet, obviously mentioning the highly prized Japanese beef. Tastefully lush.
Japanese cuisine – Matteo Becucci
The track of the winner of the second edition of X-Factor, recently returned to the small screen first as a competitor and then as vocal coach of the broadcast As such, openly refers to recipe books and Japanese cuisine dishes. "This life among cushions tastes of sushi and sashimi", sings Becucci, while in the music video the singer and actress Giulia Ottonello, another well-known social figure, and in particular of Friends of Maria De Filippi, makes its way through rice and soy sauce.
All you can eat – Wood and Sofabed
The indie musical project of Wood meets Nicolò De Devitiis, aka Divanoletto: what is born is a nice ballad with a summer aftertaste that tells of an appointment in a classic Japanese restaurant with formula All you can eat. "Sashimi, wasabi, do you love me tonight?" When in doubt, better to order another round of tempura. And a miso soup, thanks.
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