Last week’s post was about shakuhachi (しゃくはち / 尺八), so this week I need to start with ち (chi). A big thank you to everyone who joined in this week – JapanAustralia with Chichibu Tama Kai National Park (秩父多摩甲斐国立公園) which I’m afraid I can’t choose because it ends with ん and Chiri-hama (千里浜), a beach in Hakui famous as Japan’s UFO viewing capital, and ZoomingJapan with chikan (ちかん / groper), which I also can’t choose because it ends with ん. In the end, I decided to write about…
Chirashizushi (ちらしずし / ちらし寿司)
Chirashizushi is usually translated as ‘scattered sushi’ and, unlike regular sushi, it’s a really easy dish to make. Chirashizushi can come in all different shapes, sizes and colours, but it is basically a bowl of sushi rice with a variety of toppings such as sashimi (raw fish), shredded omelette and vegetables. Chirashizushi varies regionally, and just about anything can be used as toppings (although toppings are quite often raw). Chirashizushi is eaten cold.
Chirashizushi can be eaten at any time of year, but it is most commonly eaten annually on Hinamatsuri (雛祭り), which is in March. Hinamatsuri is the Doll’s festival or Girls’ Day, and so on this occasion the rice is often decorated with pink toppings, such as in the picture above. Around the time of hinamatsuri it is possible to buy specially decorated chirashizushi in the supermarket or convenience store, although you can buy ordinary chirashizushi all year round.
Making chirashizushi at home with friends can be fun too, as you can really use anything you like. I once went to a friend’s house in Japan and we spent ages cutting things up to make chirashizushi, and it was really enjoyable (and delicious).
Here’s a great video from About.com showing how to make chirashizushi:
Chirashizushi (ちらしずし) ends with し (shi), so next week (for the sixth time this since this game began!) I will be looking for a noun beginning with “shi”. I’ve already written about shiritori, Shikoku, Shibuya, Shizuoka and Shinjuku, and need to come up with a new idea. If you have any suggestions, please leave them below and I’ll give you a mention next week. It’s getting tougher now as the year comes to an end, so I really appreciate your ideas and input! But don’t forget, no words ending in ん! (^_^)v