Norimaki + Sushi = Makizushi

Norimaki (海苔巻) are various Japanese dishes wrapped with nori seaweed, most commonly a kind of sushi, makizushi (巻き寿司).[1]

Other than makizushi, onigiri (おにぎり, rice balls), sashimi, senbei (煎餅, rice crackers) and chikuwa (竹輪, bamboo ring) are also regarded as norimaki if they are wrapped with seaweed.[2]



See also: Sushi

Inarizushi + Makizushi = Sukeroku

Makizushi (巻き寿司, "rolled sushi") was first described in the 1750 publication "Ryori SanKaigo" as makizushi (巻鮓).[3][4][5] In the 1787 publication "Shichigokobi", it was mentioned as being on the menus of sushi restaurants in Edo as sushi that does not stain the hands.[6] In the early days of Makizushi, there were many other types of sushi rolled in other than seaweed, such as those rolled in thinly roasted eggs, or those rolled in shallow seaweed, wakame seaweed, or bamboo bark and so on. In Tokyo, there exists kampyo-maki (干瓢巻, dried gourd rolls) made in the Edo period.[7][8]

The combination of inarizushi (稲荷寿司) and makizushi is a common kind of bento, and called sukeroku (助六), a pun on the Kabuki play with the same title. In lineup of Nigirizushi, although sweet egg (玉子) usually has a black belt of nori, it is categorized as Nigirizushi.[9]


See also: Onigiri


The type of onigiri wrapped in nori is commonly called Norimaki-onigiri (海苔巻きおにぎり). Norimaki-onigiri is a popular Japanese snack that is enjoyed by people of all ages. Nori is a type of edible seaweed that is commonly used in Japanese cuisine and adds a unique flavor and texture to the dish.

The process of making norimaki-onigiri involves cooking Japanese rice, seasoning it with vinegar and sugar, and shaping it into a ball or a triangle.[10] The nori seaweed is then wrapped around the rice ball, giving it its distinctive appearance. Norimaki-onigiri can be filled with a variety of ingredients such as salmon, tuna, or pickled vegetables, depending on personal preference. Norimaki-onigiri is convenient to eat on-the-go. It is often sold in convenience stores, supermarkets, and food stalls in Japan. It is also a popular snack to bring on picnics or to enjoy as a light lunch.


See also: Senbei

Norisenbei or Norimaki-senbei

While the type of senbei wrapped in nori is commonly abbreviated and called Norisenbei (海苔煎餅), its full expression Norimaki-senbei (海苔巻煎餅) is also possible.[11] As small size of senbei is called arare, the wrapped type is called Norimaki-arare (海苔巻あられ), and stick type is called Shinagawa-maki (品川巻).[12] To make norisenbei, a batter is made from rice flour, water, and sometimes other ingredients such as soy sauce or mirin. The batter is then spread onto a sheet of nori seaweed and dried in the sun or oven until crispy. The dried sheet is then cut into smaller pieces and seasoned with salt or other seasonings such as wasabi or furikake.

Norisenbei is a popular snack in Japan and is often sold in convenience stores and supermarkets. It is also commonly eaten as a snack during hanami, the Japanese tradition of enjoying the beauty of cherry blossoms in the spring.

Other instances

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