One of the most popular Japanese foods, onigiri, is mostly ignored outside Japan. Onigiri are rice balls, often triangularly shaped, sometimes covered with a nori seaweed leaf, with various fillings such as pickled ume plums (umeboshi), salted salmon, tuna, katsuobushi, kombu (kelp), tarako (roe), and many, many other salty or sour ingredients. And of course, there’s also a simple version, without any filling.
Unlike in sushi, where the rice is prepared with vinegar (and some sugar), the onigiri rice is only slightly salted. For the Japanese people, onigiri has the same role as sandwiches for the Western world, a filling meal, easily prepared and easy to carry around.
This autumn, between October 11 and November 30, a charity organization called Table for Two has launched a campaign called Onigiri Action, announcing that for every onigiri photo posted with the #OnigiriAction hashtag, it will donate 5 school meals to children in need. When I learned this (via RocketNews24) I was immediately compelled to publish an onigiri photo… When you share, don’t forget the hashtag: #OnigiriAction.
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: