Mt. Fuji Onigiri (rice ball)

Brand: Onigiri Shop Cost: 222 yen Found at: Lawsons   The older I get, the more I learn to love the cheesy, the tacky, and the camp things in life. Gone are the days of “oh my god, gold pants” to be replaced with the era of “OH MY GOD GOLD PANTS!”- and I am... Continue Reading →

Thick Slice Beef Tongue Onigiri

Brand: Onigiri Shop Cost: 189 yen Found at: 7-11   Sometimes, you feel a little fancy. Sometimes, you feel like slumming it. And when you feel like having it both ways, there’s beef tongue onigiri. It has all the fancy trimmings and ornate packaging of a much fancier cut, but is still, nevertheless the humble... Continue Reading →

Rice and Crab Meat Onigiri

Brand: Kiwami Cost: 276 yen Found at: Lawson (I think) I keep pretending that I am a hard, rugged, outdoors girl. It’s become a burdensome chip on my shoulder that I can’t quite shake – whenever someone complains about city life or work expectations, I roll my eyes and remember the time I had it... Continue Reading →

Honey Flavor Peeled Roasted Chestnut

Brand: East King Company Cost: 54 yen Found at: Daiso   I bought these purely as a gag, expecting them to be horrible and therefore fodder for an amusing blog post. Unfortunately, I was not disappointed, which was disappointing. These are pretty tasty. The chestnuts have been boiled until they are the texture of cooked... Continue Reading →

Eel Onigiri

Brand: Bellmart? Cost: 250 yen Found at: Tokyo Station Bellmart   I took my grandparents to a sushi restaurant about ten years ago. It was a new restaurant in the international hub of Peoria, Illinois and after two weeks of hamburgers and casseroles and pizza, my wimpy little West Coast self was willing to risk... Continue Reading →

Japanese Omlette and Cod Roe Onigiri

Brand: Bellmart? Cost: 240 yen Found at: Tokyo Station Bellmart You can’t just eat any old onigiri on the Narita express. Then again, I’m not sure that you are really supposed to eat anything on the Narita express. I’ve never been explicitly told not to eat on public transportation in Japan, but I’ve also never seen... Continue Reading →

Salmon Chirashi Sushi Onigiri

Brand: Family Mart Cost: 119 yen Found At: Family Mart Chirashi sushi literally translates as “scattered sushi,” but I think a Bellingham restaurant translated it best as “kitchen sink” sushi. Basically, it’s a bed of sushi rice, covered with everything but the kitchen sink. I like it because it is often the cheapest of the... Continue Reading →

Spicy Fried Rice and Pork Onigiri

Brand: Family Mart Cost: 195 yen Found At: Family Mart This onigiri talks a big game. It’s from the Family Mart’s “man food” line – a randomly curated collection of ready-meals that seem to assume that women do not like meat. This one seems to have made the cut because of its extreme spiciness –... Continue Reading →

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