What you are missing is simply that LA has amazing sushi. I haven’t been to Japan, but I’ve never had sushi as amazing as in LA. Sushi in DC and most places is uninspired, small, boring. I think DC (probably similar to most cities) is general bandwagon when it comes to restaurants. i.e. someone opens a great [insert food type] place, and all of a sudden 4 more [insert food type] places open up. All we need is one great sushi place and more will come and/or others will step up their game. Until then…you just have to go back to LA for amazing sushi.