Sachio Fijisaki, owner of Fujisaki Fish, passed away last Sunday after suffering a stroke.
Born in Kagoshima, Japan, Fujisaki sold fresh fish out of his 1985 Chevrolet brick truck in West Los Angeles and South Bay for nearly 25 years. Many of his Japanese clients called this charming fish master, “ojisan,” and Fujisaki truly enjoyed interacting with them.
I was fortunate enough to meet and interview Mr. Fujisaki last year for Rafu’s Holiday issue. He told me that he was suffering from arthritis due to daily lifting and he couldn’t wait to retire and travel around the country with his wife some day. He gave me a chunk of toro after the interview, and it was, indeed, as tasty as his regular customers praised.
“The business has been good to me. I owe that to my customers,” he said.
Thank you and sayonara, Ojisan. We will miss your “better than in Japan” fish, and most of all, your friendly smile. Our condolences to the family.
—By NAO GUNJI