A rice ball, often referred to by its Japanese name “onigiri,” is a popular Japanese snack or meal component made from white rice formed into triangular or cylindrical shapes and often wrapped in nori (seaweed).

Inside the rice ball, there can be a variety of fillings, such as salted salmon, pickled plum (umeboshi), tuna mayonnaise, or any other savory ingredients. Onigiri are a convenient and portable food, making them a popular choice for picnics, lunches, and snacks.

They are deeply embedded in Japanese culture and cuisine and have been for centuries, serving as a simple yet satisfying meal option that can be found everywhere from convenience stores to homemade kitchens.

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