Photo: YouTube/バイリンガール英会話 | Bilingirl Chika
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Will Smith makes sushi with Japanese YouTuber Bilingirl Chika

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By Oona McGee, SoraNews24

Actor Will Smith was in Japan recently to promote his new movie "Gemini Man," and in between walking the red carpet for the Tokyo premiere and spending some time at TeamLab Borderless, the 50-year-old actor took some time out to make sushi with Japanese YouTuber Bilingirl Chika.

Fluent in both English and Japanese, Chika is one of the country’s most popular YouTubers, and though she’s interviewed some of Hollywood’s most famous actors in the past, meeting Smith was a big deal that had her feeling nervous before filming, especially when he arrived with an entourage of more than a dozen people.

The nerves didn’t show on-screen, though, as she met up with Smith to chat about his new film while showing him how to make a home-style rolled sushi known as makizushi.

Take a look at the video below:

In the video, Smith says that although he’s been to Japan and eaten sushi many times before, this would be his first time making sushi and seeing it in its “unprepared state”. For this home-style version, Chika presents him with a plate of ingredients that include: beef, avocado, cream cheese, egg, cucumber, salmon, okra, and natto.

After following Chika’s instructions on where to put the rice on his nori seaweed sheet, Smith adds some ingredients, going straight for the natto. He asks Chika what it is, and she explains that it’s fermented soybeans, which Smith seems keen for, but when he sees the sticky strands coming off it, he makes the face that many natto newbies make, and says this sushi will be for her instead.

Then Chika gives him a tip on how to avoid the heat of a wasabi “burn” by breathing in through the nose and breathing out through the mouth. Smith tries it, but it doesn’t work for him.

The two then roll up their creations into the distinctive makizushi cone shape, and Smith eats the sushi he made, despite previously saying he wouldn’t because of the fact that it contains natto. While Chika seems surprised at his ability to eat the fermented soybeans, Smith reckons it’s not bad, saying: “It doesn’t resemble anything I’ve ever eaten before, but it’s very tasty.”

Smith says he’s more adventurous with his food now that he’s older, mentioning he’s eaten alligator and fried crickets, and when he goes to make his second makizushi roll, he repeats a taboo that went unmentioned when he created his first roll, by pouring soy sauce on the inside of the sushi.

At this point, Chika adds a message across the screen for her Japanese viewers that says: “I was going to tell him that you add soy sauce afterwards.”

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The small dish of soy sauce is for dipping, not pouring, as Japanese people wouldn’t usually pour the sauce on ingredients inside the sushi roll while making it, but Chika lets it slide, given that she’s told him nobody is judging when you make home-style sushi.

The conversation then goes from his love of Japanese restaurant Nobu in the U.S., which he lives 10 minutes away from, to his thoughts about aging and the perception he has about the older generation in Japan being healthy and wise. After the deep discussion, the mood lightens again when Chika presents Smith with “Will Sushi” created by sushi artist Tama-chan.

▼ The sushi depicts the two Smiths in "Gemini Man"…although Smith says the one on the left looks a little like Jamie Foxx.

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And with that, the video wraps up, and now that "Gemini Man" has had its premiere in Japan on Oct 25, we’ll have to wait a while for the star to return to our shores again to promote his next movie.

However, seeing as he’s taking Japanese lessons from his pal, Japanese heartthrob Yamapi, and his son Jaden has a soft spot for "Dragon Ball," hopefully it won’t be too long between visits.

Source: YouTube/バイリンガール英会話 | Bilingirl Chika

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I was invited to an expensive and exclusive sushi restaurant in Hikone in my early years here. It was owned and run by an highly respected master but didn't actually prepare the food anymore but due to the company I was with and the fact I was a foreigner he prepared the meal.

Lovely restaurant with a river running through it overlooking the lake.

Then the sushi arrived and I was horrified it was "live sashimi". The fish had been prepared and cut but was still alive and moving. It was a difficult moment.

But to refuse would have caused a massive insult to the master and the person who invited us.

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Having foreigners eat sushi has been played out way too often in Japan. Wish they would do something different next time.

I totally agree with that.

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Having foreigners eat sushi has been played out way too often in Japan. Wish they would do something different next time

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It's food, it's about personal preference, not eating technique.

I know that. I was replying to Tom, please tell him that.

Weird that you are confused by a simple sentence.

Ditto

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How'd I guess that the comments section on such a light-hearted fun little story here would already be spiralled into people getting furious and outraged, blaming America for stuff, etc.?

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There are some pretentious pretenders here!

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Sushi, at least in a Japanese sushi restaurant should be eaten the way the Japanese would, which means adding additional wasabi if you want, and lifting the sushi with chop sticks and just dipping one end slightly into the soya sauce.

There are many preferred cultural points when it comes to eating which equally apply in many other countries.

Italians don't eat pasta with a fork and spoon, often the case elsewhere. Just a fork.

You don't stick your chop sticks into your rice bowel which is only done at funerals.

You drink green tea with both hands.

What you do at home is your own affair.

This American only eats sushi in Japan.

That isn't correct. California sushi roll with avocado is very tasty.

Will Smith lives 10 minutes from the Nobu restaurant jointly owned with Robert de Niro.

In the UK they sell sushi with roast beef.

Went to restaurant with a doctor friend last week, French. You know with three knifes on one side and three forks on the other. Correct use of each set required. Additional ones come later with the dishes.

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If you don’t know and if no one has shown or taught you the proper eating manners and techniques, how would you know?

It's food, it's about personal preference, not eating technique.

Hmmm....over generalizing a bit here aren’t we? We definitely have more options when it comes to food than most countries.

It's very telling that you can recognize over-generaliziations regarding food, but not politics.

Is that a bad thing?

Weird that you are confused by a simple sentence.

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American sushi is not only horrible, it is dangerous.

Not if you go to a Japanese owned and operated Sushi restaurant.

Americans saturate sushi with soy sauce because they have no understanding about the delicate tastes.

If you don’t know and if no one has shown or taught you the proper eating manners and techniques, how would you know?

Americans should stick with hamburgers, french fries and fatty foods.

Hmmm....over generalizing a bit here aren’t we? We definitely have more options when it comes to food than most countries.

This American only eats sushi in Japan.

Is that a bad thing?

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American sushi is not only horrible, it is dangerous.

Americans saturate sushi with soy sauce because they have no understanding about the delicate tastes.

Americans should stick with hamburgers, french fries and fatty foods.

This American only eats sushi in Japan.

I will watch the movie. Does his son have a cameo role in it?

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Never heard of Chika. Must be new. She had a really nice personality and seemed to have a good heart.

Definitely not new.

F’n Invalid CSRF

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I've been following Chika-chan for a number of years and her influence is growing wonderfully. I recommend her channel to many people. I love too how her husband supports her and her baby. She is a wonderful role model for Japan and glad she got into the news finally!

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movie was a bomb in the states

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Never heard of Chika. Must be new. She had a really nice personality and seemed to have a good heart. Surprisingly, I enjoyed that. Far from being cold, cut and dry.

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Watched this a few days ago, was really fun! Will's a very charismatic and down to earth guy.

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Will Smith is such a charismatic guy!

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