How to eat Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)

This article, I introduce you how to eat Japanese Onigiri( おにぎりrice ball ).
Onigiri rice balls are a favorite picnic and snack food in Japan. It is a popular carry out food item in Japanese convenience stores, and is a common item found in bento boxed lunches.


It’s difficult for Foreign visitors

There are about 7000 convenience stores in Tokyo. You can find it everywhere and buy Onigiri. Japanese people are used to open this wrapping right away because they have eaten it since they were children. However it is difficult for foreign people. So today, I gonna show you how to eat Onigiri. Let’s try!

3 Steps for Eating

1.First, pull the tab numbered 1 at the top of the triangle, with the Japanese characters ひく, pronounced “hiku” and meaning “pull.”

2-min (2)

2.Pull on the tab marked 2 until the plastic comes off. Do this slowly or you risk tearing the nori in half.

4-min (1)

3.Do the same thing with the tab marked 3.

5-min (3)

Say “Itadakimasu” before you eat


And you’re good to go. Say “Itadakimasu!” before you eat. It’s the polite thing to do. I think rice made in Japan is best. Onigiri is one of the traditional things of Japan, so many Japanese people like this.I really want you to eat it! And I hope you try to eat Onigiri when you come to Japan.

How to eat Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)