Here, we will be introducing a number of rather unusual sushi restaurants whose specialties are hard to find outside of Kyoto, even within Japan. “Saba-zushi,” a type of preserved dish made with specially treated fish, with its roots in Kyoto’s geographic situation and the wisdom the people of the past. “Hako-sushi,” a variety of sushi that’s as much a delight for the eyes as it is for the mouth, made with layered rice and toppings pressed into shape inside a box. The bite-sized “Temari-zushi,” made small enough that even a delicate maiko (apprentice geiko, what geisha are called in Kyoto) can fit it into her mouth. ...and the list goes on! The unique local culture, wisdom, and customs of Kyoto are inseparably intertwined with them all.