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Nigiri sushi is representative of Tokyo food and many varieties use some type of seafood or fish. The reasons for this might relate to the fact that the city (known as Edo prior to 1868) was rich in seafood of all kinds.
Oshi Sushi .......... The rice merchants of Osaka - the financial capital of Japan, developed "oshi sushi" or pressed sushi.
For pressed sushi, vinegar rice is packed into a mold and covered with marinated fish or other ingredients. When un-folded, the resulting loaf of sushi is cut into bite-sized pieces.
Maki Sushi ......... Maki sushi is a "rolled sushi" with narrow strips of different ingredients (seafood, crisp vegetables or pickles) layered on a bed of vinegar rice and spread on a sheet of nori or seaweed, thus calling it "nori-maki sushi".
Nori-maki is the most well known sushi in the U.S. and with the most variety because just about any ingredient can be rolled into the center from crisp vegetables, strips of omelet to strips of avocado.
Chirashi Sushi ......... The easiest type of sushi to make, made in all Japanese kitchens "chirashi sushi" or scattered sushi.
Chirashi-zushi is simply sushi rice with other ingredients mixed in or placed on the rice.
Chirashi-zushi without any seafood often makes its appearance in lunch boxes.
It's taken on picnics and often sold on railway station platforms.
"Station lunches" are not exclusively chirashi-zushi but many are. Stations are known for their type of food as well as for their unique lunch containers in which they are sold.
Several examples are Inari sushi and fukusa sushi. INARI sushi consists of deep fried bean curd pouches stuffed with mixed vinegar sushi rice.
FUKUSA sushi or "silk-square sushi" uses a square paper thin omelets to wrap the vinegar sushi rice. The word "fukusa" meaning silk squares (silk fabric) are often used to wrap presents or precious articles in Japan.%c*
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