In response to an LA thread, I posted something along the lines of:
These sushi / omakase "masters" and your willingness to pay exhorbitant (sp?) prices is just a huge scam! These guys are NOT traditional Japanese; and their attitudes are Japanese only in the sense of those who took us into WWII. They are just people (who look kind of like me) who have figured out what you in the US are willing to pay for OK stuff at 20 times what its worth! It is hype! But many of you keep these operations in buisiness; and the mis-guided hakujin "knowledge" about sushi just helps to keep the prices high and the hakujin rubes and the nihonjin crooks happy! You are all being scammed!
As you can see, I'm frustrated by people in the US paying way to much for sushi based on a symbiosis of haute cuisine consumers in the US and talented Japanese scammers.