Inarizushi / Inari Sushi

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Inari Sushi, inarizushi いなりずし ( 稲荷鮨 / いなり寿司 / 稲荷寿司)
"brown bag sushi"

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pouch of fried bean curd (abura-age) stuffed with vinegared rice.

INARI is the fox deity of Japan and he likes fried tofu pouches!

. Fox (kitsune) and Inari as KIGO  

To make it taste pleasant, keep the outside sweet, simmering the abura-age with a lot of sugar, and the rice sour/salty with only vinegar and salt as condiments.
The balance of sweet, salty and sour has to be right to give the special taste.

Inarizushi is often made to be eaten later at festivals or community events, so the taste is geared to be best at about four hours after preparing it.

It is counted "one bag, two bags" tawara.

The pouch can be filled with vinegared rice only or with okowa rice, sweet potatoes or other chopped vegetables, okara tofu or many other things, lately even mayonaise potatoes.

It is not really a SUSHI, because the rice should not contain sugar, like the sushimeshi.

In Matsumoto, they smear karashi mustard on the inside of the pouch.

In Tokyo, it is often sold in a store for wagashi sweets and usually oblong, sometimes even cut to bite size.

In Osaka, it is triangular and sold in udon noodle soup stores. Sesame seeds are often added to the rice.

In Fukuoka it is sold in the ramen noodle soup stores.

In Tottori, there is a kind called
nonoko, nonoko meshi ののこ飯.
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Speciality of the Yumigahama area on the beach of Yonago. The word was nunoko 布子, wrapped in a cloth. With hijiki, shirataki, chikuwa and many other ingredients.

Auch ITADAKI いただき genannt.
Neben dem Sawarameshi und Kamasumeshi eine Spezialitaet der Gegend.
often prepared for the undookai sports festival at local schools as obento lunch.

gomoku inarizushi 五目稲荷寿司
filled with many ingredients
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hana inari 花いなり flower-like decorations
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This one is to be eaten at an ajisai outing, viewing hydrangea flowers. The colors are made with kamaboko (white), omelette (yellow), brocoli stems (green) and carrots (orange).

When testing some foxes (kitsune きつね、狐) with inarizushi, simple abura-age, kitsune-udon soup and some other dishes of this kind, most of the foxes went for the Inarizushi.
NHK, gatten september 2008
with recipes

There are many Fox Shrines in Japan.
Fox (kitsune) Japan
... including Fox God Shrine Festival (Inari Matsuri)

abura-age 油あげ/油揚げ/ 油揚


Toyokawa Inarizushi 豊川いなり寿司
Toyokawa Inari 豊川稲荷 Fox Shrine at ToyokawaThe shrine has a compound with more than 800 fox statues.
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CLICK here for more photos Toyokawa Inarizushi Festa
いなり寿司フェスタin 豊川
The great fox shrine of Toyokawa in the old Mikawa region, now Aichi, is using this sushi to revitalize the old access road to the shrine.
The mascot of the town is called "Inarin" いなりん, a fox-type character with big white sushi rice grains on his back.
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They serve more than 100 different types of inarizushi, some topped with a cutlet and ketchup, some topped with a piece of broiled eel.

There is also a

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"FOX Hamburger"

Instead of a bun, two pieces of square grilled tofu are used to sandwich a piece of cotelette with lettuce and ketchup !
It looks like a real burger !

Regional Dishes from Aichi, Mikawa, Toyokawa

. Toyokawa Inari Shrine 豊川稲荷 .


inarizushi uri, inarizushiuri 稲荷鮨売り vendor of Inarizushi

In the Edo period, the pouch was filled with okara tofu mix, not fish, to make it last longer in the heat.
It was probably first served during a famine, to get some simple food to the townspeople.

. Doing Business in Edo - 江戸の商売 .

. Raw Fish: Sashimi and Sushi .


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inari sushi

Worldwide use

das Inari-zushi, Inarizushi, Inari-Sushi
Sushi-Reis in Aburaage-Taschen

das Aburaage, frittierter Toofu

Things found on the way

Inari (稲荷, also Oinari, O-Inari)
is the Japanese kami of fertility, rice, agriculture, foxes, industry, and worldly success. Inari is represented as male, female, or androgynous, is sometimes conceived of as a collective of three or five individual kami, and is a popular figure in both Shinto and Buddhist beliefs in Japan. Inari's foxes, or kitsune, are pure white and act as her messengers.

CLICK for more photos Inari is a popular deity with shrines and temples located throughout most of Japan. According to a 1985 survey by the National Association of Shinto Shrines, 32,000 shrines — more than one-third of Shinto shrines in Japan — are dedicated to Inari.This number includes only Shinto shrines with full-time resident priests; if small roadside or field shrines, shrines kept in a home or corporate office, smaller shrines without full-time resident priests, and Buddhist temples were included, the number would increase by at least an order of magnitude.

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temarizushi 手まり寿司 Temari Sushi
round sushi balls like temari toy balls

Photos . round sushi balls like temari toy balls

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see also . Food Mandala


Related words

Abura-age and Tofu

Traditional Folk Toys at Fushimi Inari 伏見稲荷

. Inari Jinja 稲荷神社 Fox Shrines and their amulets .

shimotsukare しもつかれ from Tochigi

The dish is generally served on hatsu-u-no hi (初午の日, literally; first day of horse in the month of February) together with sekihan as an offering to appease the legendary deity, Inari-no-shin (稲荷の神).

Sushi, regional sushi

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