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UC Berkeley breaks world record for longest California roll

On Sunday, UC Berkeley students and Cal Dining staff collaborated to construct the longest California sushi roll in history.



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About 500 UC Berkeley students, faculty and community members gathered on Sproul Plaza Sunday to construct and eat the world's longest California Roll.

The 330-foot long roll was made on top of a string of 57 tables and was comprised of approximately 582 sheets of seaweed, 102 pounds of rice, 167 pounds of imitation crab, 67 pounds of avocado and 65 pounds of cucumber. The last 29 feet of the roll was a vegetarian portion made with tofu.

Still, the roll did not break the world record for longest sushi roll of any variety, which was set seven years ago in Japan and measured 1,825 meters in length.

The event, which was sponsored by the UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies and Cal Dining, was part of a day-long celebration of Japanese cuisine that also included a morning symposium and "gala" dinner.

Sunday's sushi-making event began with a drum performance by Raijin Taiko at UC Berkeley and an introductory speech by Duncan Williams, center chairman and an associate professor of Japanese Buddhism. Williams planned the event as part of the center's 50th anniversary.

"I thought it would be a fun event to do to bring the (California roll) record back to California," Williams said.

The previous record for the longest California roll-which measured 300 feet-was set in Maui, Hawaii in 2001.

The event relied upon donated ingredients and funds from sponsors such as soy sauce producer Kikkoman, the California Rice Commission and the California Avocado Commission.

Junior Emily Chang, who participated as part of a team from the Sigma Omicron Pi sorority, said the event gave recognition to the East Asian Languages and Cultures department.

"This is a good opportunity to raise awareness of Japanese language and culture and bring the community together," she said. "Plus, it's fun and you get free sushi."






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