How to Open Japanese Onigiri

How to eat Japanese rice balls sold at Convenience Store

Onigiri (rice balls) is one of the most familiar and regular food for Japanese. We can easily get the Japanese typical food at convenience stores for only 100 yen or cook it home. There are countless Onigiri with various fillings such as salted salmon, pickled plum, tuna mayo, fried rice and so on. It is strongly recommended for foreigners to try some Onigiri in Japan.

However, you may feel a little hard to open a package wrapping Onigiri sold at convenience stores though it is a piece of cake for Japanese. Today, I’d like to introduce how to open Japanese Onigiri for you to eat them like Japanese. Onigiri on the market are wrapped with various packaging styles, and here are the guides to major ones.

1. Classic style

A triangle-shaped Onigiri like this is the classic one sold at convenience stores in Japan. It is one of the most popular type of Japanese Onigiri since it offers crispy texture of the roasted laver. You may have a hard time opening this kind of Onigiri packages at first. With this guide, you will come to be able to open this type of Onigiri within 10 seconds.

▽1–1. Pull down a little slip with the number “1”

▽1–2. Peel the slip all the way around the Onigiri

▽1–3. Pull out the part “2” to the side

▽1–4. Also pull out the part “3”in the same way as “2”


2. Round style

This round-shaped type of Onigiri is easier than the triangle one above to open and eat. It is also popular for the line-up of various and unique flavors such as fried rice and smoked sausages.

▽2–1. Pull down a slip with the red sign

▽2–2. Peel the slip all the way around

▽2–3. Open the package on one side


3. Rolled style

A rolled style, which is also called Temakizushi (hand-rolled sushi), is one of regular Onigiri line-ups at Japanese convenience stores. This kind of package is the most troubling one, personally. The flavors with seafood like sushi including minced raw tuna and shrimp, and how about taking the next occasion to try the Japanese favorite Natto.

▽3–1. Find a slip with the number “1”

▽3–2. Peel off the slip to the end

▽3–3. Open the package with the number “2” part

▽3–4. Take off the plastic covers on both sides of rice

▽3–5. Pull out the part “3” to the side

▽3–6. Roll the rice to the dried seaweed

▽3–7. Remove the rest of the package and wrap the rice with the dried seaweed


4. Easy style

This kind of Onigiri package with a simple bag is the easiest type. All you need is just opening a bag of the Onigiri.

Did this Onigiri guide help for how to open? This Japanese food is really affordable and easy to get anywhere in Japan. Find your favorite flavors! For more info about Japanese food and culture, check these articles below.

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