I first went to this restaurant during my first week living in Seattle two years ago. It still hasn't dulled since then, and the food is simply sublime. The menu is more traditional than fusion Japanese food, but if you sit at the bar and talk a little with the sushi chef, and ask for ""inspiration"" or ""your own expression"" the answer will be every bit as amazing as the ""regular"" food. From the outside it doesn't look like much and on the inside you are slightly hesitant as it can be claustrophobic when crowds are large. This restaurant is not large-family friendly though that doesn't seem to stop the locals from coming. If you are in the International District and have a craving for sushi, the choices are daunting, but Tsukushinbo offers a quieter, more personal touch. I had the crunchy roll and a separate roll which is not on the menu, but is a masterpiece! My wife had onigiri and kanarage and both were simply awesome, despite being mainstays of the Japanese scene. The only complaint I have is the parking - someone traded paint with my car and didn't leave a note. Use the local parking lots if you want to avoid damage, since the streets are hilly here.
Pros: Awesome food, friendly if busy staff
Cons: claustrophobic, parking