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The difference between onigiri rice balls in Tokyo and Osaka

There’s a reason why this convenience store staple tastes different in these regions. 

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Is anime making otaku eat less rice? Government launches Girl Running Late with Rice Ball Project

Japan’s top rice-growing prefecture designs character, releases two videos in hope of changing anime breakfast trope.

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Which Japanese convenience store has the best plain onigiri rice balls?

Lawson, 7-Eleven and Family Mart go head-to-head in this konbini battle but there can only be one winner.

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The best-selling rice ball at Family Mart is…SPAM onigiri?

What makes the Tuna Mayonnaise Spam Musubi so popular with Japanese convenience store customers?

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Who makes Japan’s best Spam-style onigiri convenience store rice ball? Let’s find out【Taste test】

We take a taste test trip in Okinawa and get acquainted with the local specialty.

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We make salt from our reporter’s sweat, then taste the world’s first Mr. Sato Salt rice balls

In Japan, rice balls can be flavored with almost anything, so we decided to make some from the most exclusive seasoning of all: salt made from Mr. Sato’s sweat!

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Around Japan in 47 rice balls: Mr. Sato buys each prefecture’s musubi all from one Tokyo shop

Although Japan lacks ethnic diversity, it seems to more than make up for it in diversity of cuisine. Although the overarching recipes of Japanese foods can be found everywhere, you’d be surprised and how diverse the differences can be from region to region. Having your New Year’s soup in Okayama Prefecture may be quite different from Akita Prefecture’s offering. Even purchasing oden from a chain like 7-Eleven will produce different results if it’s from Osaka or Tokyo.

This is also true of another of Japan’s standard foods: rice balls also known as onigiri or musubi. To taste all the unique variations Japan has to offer, one must be a seasoned traveler, or they could just go to Momochi, a shop which offers a taste of all 47 prefectures straight from the counter. Our own Mr. Sato, eager to taste of these deliciously distinct snacks, visited Momochi to sample one of each.

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