Ongiri is simple to make and tastes great. The Onigiri dish is made from rice, umboshi (or other filling), and seaweed.


The word onigiri means "made by gripping with the hands." It started out as food for soldiers. Onigiri is easy to make, it tastes good and it is small and lightweight, which makes it the perfect food to carry around. Others historians think that some Japanese nobles distributed it to peasants that would gather at their gates. The original onigiri came about in the year 1885. The ingredients were simple: rice, umboshi (which is a pickled plum) and seaweed. However the variety of different ingredients has been added to throughout the years. It was and still is a snack that mothers put in the lunch boxes of their children and their husbands. In Japan onigiri can be found in most stores and train stations. The way that the Japanese think of Onigiri is like how Americans thinks of sandwiches or granola bars. You can eat it on the run!