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Dishing out Italian pizza with a Japanese spin

Seemingly half-baked creations catch on with country's intrepid culinary crowd

Sushi pizza topped with raw tuna, salmon, avocado, and mayonnaise (Courtesy of Hiroshi Sakiyama)

TOKYO -- Adventurous chefs around the world have long tried combining pizza and unusual ingredients with mixed results. Now, Japanese are having a go at creating gastronomically challenging marriages of Italy's iconic dish with local specialties such as sushi.

Hiroshi Sakiyama, chef and author of a Japanese cooking blog, has been pleasantly surprised with his efforts. Initially unsure whether tomato sauce could coexist with sushi's vinegared rice, he discovered that "they turned out to be all right and the pizza was delicious," Sakiyama wrote in his blog, which has attracted 40,000 visitors since he first began posting his creations in August.

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