The Reading / Listening - Bodybuilder Sushi - Level 2

A sushi restaurant has thought of an interesting idea to help its business. It is using bodybuilders to deliver sushi to homes and workplaces. The 60-year-old Imazushi restaurant is in central Japan. It is owned by 41-year-old sushi chef and bodybuilder Masanori Sugiura. Mr Sugiura came third in a world bodybuilding championship earlier this year. He wanted to increase his sushi sales after he had fewer customers because of coronavirus. The delivery service is called "Delivery Macho". Customers need to order a minimum of $66 to get their sushi delivered by a bodybuilder.



The service is popular with customers. The restaurant is in central Japan but Mr Sugiura has delivered sushi as far away as Tokyo, which is around 350km from the restaurant. The service has been trending on Twitter. Satisfied customers have posed for photos with the delivery men, who take their shirt off and pose for photos at the doorstep, while socially distanced. This has helped to increase orders for the restaurant. Mr Sugiura said the service has also helped to employ people out of work. He gave his friends from fitness gyms jobs as sushi delivery staff.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Bodybuilder Sushi - Level 0 Bodybuilder Sushi - Level 1   or  Bodybuilder Sushi - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/09/04/national/bodybuilders-deliver-sushi/
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-japan-sushi-delive/japan-sushi-chef-using-bodybuilder-delivery-to-buoy-covid-19-hit-business-idUSKBN25V1KA
  • https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20200904/p2g/00m/0na/068000c


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. thought of an interesting
  2. deliver sushi to homes
  3. sushi
  4. a world bodybuilding
  5. he had fewer
  6. The delivery service is called
  7. order a minimum
  8. delivered by
  1. "Delivery Macho"
  2. customers
  3. a bodybuilder
  4. and workplaces
  5. of $66
  6. championship
  7. idea
  8. chef

Paragraph 2

  1. The service is popular
  2. The restaurant is
  3. delivered sushi as
  4. The service has been trending
  5. posed for
  6. at the doorstep while
  7. This has helped to increase
  8. fitness
  1. gyms
  2. far away as Tokyo
  3. photos
  4. socially distanced
  5. with customers
  6. orders
  7. in central Japan
  8. on Twitter

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A sushi restaurant (1) ___________________ an interesting idea to help its business. It is using bodybuilders to deliver sushi to (2) ___________________. The 60-year-old Imazushi restaurant is in central Japan. It (3) __________________ 41-year-old sushi chef and bodybuilder Masanori Sugiura. Mr Sugiura came third in a world bodybuilding championship (4) ___________________. He wanted to increase his sushi sales after he (5) ___________________ because of coronavirus. The delivery service is called "Delivery Macho". Customers need to (6) ___________________ of $66 to get their sushi delivered by a bodybuilder.

The service is (7) ___________________. The restaurant is in central Japan but Mr Sugiura has delivered sushi (8) ___________________ as Tokyo, which is around 350km from the restaurant. The service has (9) ___________________ Twitter. Satisfied customers have posed for photos with the delivery men, who take their shirt off and (10) ___________________ at the doorstep, while socially distanced. This has helped to (11) ___________________ the restaurant. Mr Sugiura said the service has also (12) ___________________ people out of work. He gave his friends from fitness gyms jobs as sushi delivery staff.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Asushirestauranthasthoughtofaninterestingideatohelpitsbusiness.I
tisusingbodybuilderstodeliversushitohomesandworkplaces.The60-
year-oldImazushirestaurantisincentralJapan.Itisownedby41-year-
oldsushichefandbodybuilderMasanoriSugiura.MrSugiuracamethirdi
naworldbodybuildingchampionshipearlierthisyear.Hewantedtoincre
asehissushisalesafterhehadfewercustomersbecauseofcoronavirus.
Thedeliveryserviceiscalled"DeliveryMacho".Customersneedtoorder
aminimumof$66togettheirsushideliveredbyabodybuilder.Theservic
eispopularwithcustomers.TherestaurantisincentralJapanbutMrSugi
urahasdeliveredsushiasfarawayasTokyo,whichisaround350kmfrom
therestaurant.TheservicehasbeentrendingonTwitter.Satisfiedcusto
mershaveposedforphotoswiththedeliverymen,whotaketheirshirtoff
andposeforphotosatthedoorstep,whilesociallydistanced.Thishashel
pedtoincreaseordersfortherestaurant.MrSugiurasaidtheservicehas
alsohelpedtoemploypeopleoutofwork.Hegavehisfriendsfromfitness
gymsjobsassushideliverystaff.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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Answers

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