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The sushi you know them are actually many varieties. Moreover, the real name of “Sushi” you call is not just “Sushi”. They have a real name. 

Moreover, There is a sushi jargons used only by the Japanese.


Today I am going to introduce you to the variety of sushi.



“Makizushi” means rolled sushi. thicker like this photo is called, “Futomaki”, and thin rolled sushi is “Hosomaki”.


There is called “Ehoumaki” . Ehou means  favorable direction. This direction change every year. 

It is said a wish will come true after finishing eat up it at once without saying words while wishes on the day of Setsubun(February 3rd) to the favorable direction.



“Inari” is a vinegared rice stuffed in a bag of sweetened soy sauce aburaage. This is a favorite food of foxes, messengers of the rice god Inari.


Ori (bento), which includes Inarizushi and cut Futomaki, is called “Sukerokuzushi”. “Sukeroku” means one of guy’s name.
This was eaten in Kabuki.



“Gunkan” means warship, this is named a warship because it resembles it when viewed from the side.
“maki” means rolled. This is a sushi bound with a strip nori seaweed and topped with sea foods.



What is called Sushi around the world is actually called “Edo-mae sushi” or “Nigirizushi”.

This is conger with Teriyaki sauce and the under photo is kohada(shad)


Originally, it is called only hand-shaped sushi with fishes caught in Tokyo Bay, such as conger, pickled tuna into soy sauce or vinegared shad as toppings.

The toppings are called “Neta”, and vinegared rice is called “Shari”.

You can learn Nigirizushi in Japan or online too. (I’ll introduce on the next article)


“Chirashizushi” means vinegared rice topped with a variety of colorful ingredients.


These ingredients are changed by each home…but, usually we use boiled shrimps, chopped egg crapes, Nori, sweetened shiitake mushrooms, and sugar pees.



“Oshi” means press. In kansai district, Sushi means this Oshizushi. 

So, if you ask them introduce sushi restaurants, you should have to say “Nigirizushi” means.


This is pressed sushi mold.
The sushi counters, sushi mold like this are used by Itamae, or Ohitsu(Boiled-rice box) are often made of Hinoki, Japanese cypress wood.

Because, Hinoki has antibacterial properties called Hinokitiol. This mold should be soaked in water before use.


temari sushi

”Temari” means ball. This is bit-sized sushi balls.

We often make for Bentou like small onigiri.


There is  called “Chakinzushi”, vinegared rice wrapped in a thin egg crepe.

“Chakin” means  a cloth used to clean the bowl in Chanoyu (Japanese style tea ceremony). The drawstring bag is called a chakin-bag.


The Chakinzushi is named after this bag shape.



“Hamaki” means cigar, but there is sushi wrapped in grass. Bamboo leaves are often used because of their antibacterial properties, which makes the rice less rotten.

masuzushi package

This is called Masuzushi, a type of pressed sushi unique to Toyama Prefecture. The sushi is wrapped in bamboo grass and placed in a bamboo container.

This is Kakinoha sushi. It is called “Saba-Oshizushi” which is unique to Nara Prefecture. It is wrapped with a kaki leaf.




“Temaki” means hand-rolled. So, this is hand-rolled sushi.


We open party with Temakizushi party at home. You can choose toppings as like you😋

Today I introduced the main types of sushi.
Next, I’ll talk about the manners of a sushi restaurant and the sushi experience you can learn in English.

See you soon😉

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