Sushi is the first issue of Twenty-Four Flavours by BooksActually’s publishing arm Math Paper Press; each features flash fiction on a specific food theme from local contributors. Interestingly enough, the nyotaimori/nantaimori practice (aka using the human body as a serving plate, a practice that seems to be more prevalent outside Japan) makes quite a few appearances in this collection, and that is excluding the fact that the launch event had a NC-16 nyotaimori.
I had fun reading this and liked most of the pieces featured here (not the nyotaimori pieces). There are 24 stories in here and you can get through them fairly quickly. On a separate but somewhat related note, I like flash fiction. They often make me feel as though I’m eavesdropping on a conversation, privy only to the details I stay long enough to hear. Their extreme brevity complements my laziness too.
I didn’t realise it until later, but the cover of Sushi is designed to resemble an onigiri. It’s cute.
Sushi is available (S$10) at selected shops in Singapore, including BooksActually and Cat Socrates. You can also get a copy of it from BooksActually’s online shop.