Sushi purchased from take-away outlets has a poor reputation. Because it's uncooked it needs special care and preparation to make sure it hasn't gone off. If it's not well done it can make you quite ill.
And, should you visit Japan, avoid at all costs eating blowfish. The Japanese regard it as a delicacy but it needs extraordinary care in the preparation. I don't have the statistics on the number of fatalities each year, but in the article below you'll see that 11 people were rushed to hospital from one restaurant, the night the chef was careless.
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Oh yes, I enjoy Japanese food so much!
Tried it for the first time in San Francisco late sixties, and was so amazed...such a beautiful tradition of doing everything as an art, and food preparation reflects that. I am certain many restaurants in the West will not live up to the finest traditions of cooking and eating, but worth it to search out those that do.
I have taken youngsters coming out of their 'tweens to a fine Japanese restaurant complete with tatami room, just as part of their introduction to the wonders of adult life, acknowledging their transition...so beautiful for them.
I LOVE Japanese food. But, you have to be very picky about where you eat, the fresher the fish, the better it tastes. I recommend checking out Yelp.com for ratings and comments about restaurants. Stick with 4 star or better (the more ratings the better too) and you're pretty well assured to enjoy some good food. Sushi, sashimi, rolls.... Delicious!