Photographers Banned from Sushi Restaurant For This Faux Pas


When you go to a sushi restaurant, especially in Japan, you’ll often note how clean and sterile the environment can be. Much more so than your average restaurant, sushi restaurants concern themselves with the cleanliness of their surroundings and the product itself. It’s key to the customer experience that the fish be perceived as safe and that the establishment they choose to visit have a reputation for high standards.

In Japan it is common for some sushi restaurants to prepare the sushi beforehand and place it on a moving conveyor belt for customers to choose what they want. Rather than consuming time with individual orders, this assembly line of raw fish keeps customers eating and the sushi restaurant humming along.

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That is, until an American YouTuber places his camera on the conveyor to capture first-person footage of the restaurant. The video was wildly popular and garnered a lot of views before being removed from the platform.

A couple of things are wrong with this scenario. One, his camera is probably less than sanitary and he placed it on a conveyor belt for raw fish products. Second, filming people without their permission is kind of a bad move. The whole thing is awkward and really devoid of consideration.

In response, the sushi restaurant where this occurred has banned photography. Sushiro said: “It is not permissible from the viewpoint of hygiene management and the privacy of visitors who visited us…We will consider strict response including legal measures.”

As Resource Mag Online points out, this is not the first video to do this kind of thing. But it is the first video to feature faces and perhaps violates privacy. A good rule of thumb is to just try to stay to yourself when enjoying a public atmosphere with strangers and just live your life, reserving the twee moments for television and Hollywood.

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This was Japan and not the To my understanding, in the U.S., photography or video in public spaces is fair game as long as no one is slandered, no likenesses or environments are used to sell a product or service, and the video recorded is not monetized. When a conversation is recorded in the U.S., one of the parties must know it’s being recorded- unless law enforcement is under a warrant. Nevertheless, it’s unethical NOT to attempt obtaining permission to record someone— ESPECIALLY if it’s to be broadcast on social media.

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