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Formula Sushi Racing Is What the Internet Was Like in 2002

A plate of salmon nigiri races with F1-style broadcast graphics
A plate of salmon nigiri races with F1-style broadcast graphics

There's a dusty corner of my brain that lights up only when I see the most incomprehensible stuff the internet can deliver. Sites like AlbinoBlackSheep and Rathergood made that place a rave in the early 2000s, with the most confounding things seven-year-old me had ever seen. And this morning, for the first time in what feels like aeons, a field of sushi plates racing around Suzuka took me back to that place of blissful bewilderment.

I can tell you what Formula Sushi is, but I can't tell you why it exists. A YouTuber with a penchant for trains and strange 3D animation decided that "the sushi on the conveyor belt lacks a sense of speed," and that what the kaiten-zushi experience really needed was the full Formula 1 broadcast treatment. Imagine one of F1's sprint races, but instead of cars representing Saudi royalty and gambling sites, the race was just between plates of raw seafood rested on rice. And instead of a track, they were racing around the counters of an escherian restaurant. (Hey, band name idea.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g51bxcY0CP8