Sashimi, Sashimi! Raw, Raw, Raw!
Oh laughter. How are my favorite tappers doing today? Wookiee back with another Where Did THAT Come From for all of you. This time, I get to talk about a building that serves one of my favorite foods ever… sushi and sashimi. For those of you who don’t know, I lived in Japan for 6 years while in the military and some of my friends and families describe the effect as me becoming peacefully Asiatic. I love me some raw fish served thin. Of course, our newest location for this Japanese amazingness is none other than the Happy Sumo.
Where do you go when Meatloaf night bores you and you want anything but hamburgers, pizza or fried chicken? The Happy Sumo of course. You can get all the sushi you’d desire here including the deadly if prepared wrong fugu. I’ve wanted this building for quite a while (check out this post from September 2013) and now it’s ours provided we spend sprinklies on Akira.
The Happy Sumo made it’s first appearance in “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish” (S2:E11). You really gotta love any place that serves small cakes of cold rice with fish, egg,or vegetables on top or inside. Also radical that the bar has a karaoke stage. If you’re looking for Japanese authenticity, this really seals the deal. It really makes me laugh when the hostess explains it is empty but will later be filled with scores of Japanese businessman.
The karaoke bar of course comes in play later in “Black Widower” (S3:E21). Where else but the Happy Sumo could Robert Terwilleger (AHHHH! SIDESHOW BOB!) and Selma sing Karaoke?
For all the fans who like to see buildings in their entirety, we press through the Best. Show. Ever. to the next sighting of the Happy Sumo in “In Marge We Trust” (S8:E22). How to describe it?
“I’m obsessed with it. Where did it come from? What is it a box of? How’d my face get on it?”
Ok… that’s Homer describing the Mr. Sparkle box but in fairness, it is said box that leads Homer to the Happy Sumo. Springfield may be full of Japanese businessman, but only Akira is the recurring Nihonjin to help him out.
As the leading sushi restaurant of Springfield, the Happy Sumo is more than just a restaurant. They also have a booth for the Taste of Springfield Festival as seen in “Guess Who’s Coming to Criticize Dinner” (S11:E3).
Pretty safe to say that if you want delicious raw fish, the Happy Sumo is the joint for it. Sure Springfield later gets the soup nazi-esque Swanky Fish in Season 24 but to date that’s been a one hit wonder. There’s also the snake wine establishment Homer and Kumiko’s father went to and I certainly dig that japanimation sequence but I’m rambling so I’ll stop. Really not much else to say about this new building. What do you think of it? Did you buy it? Sound off below and keep on tapa-tapa-tapping in the free world.
TTFN… Wookiee out!