June 06, 2013In the early years of the 11th century, the world’s first psychological novel, The Tale of Genji, was written by lady Murasaki-Shikibu in Japan. In the story about a scandalous playboy, Prince Genji, there is a scene where party goers are served egg-shaped balls of rice. This is the first historical account of this convenient handheld food. The widely read publication sparked a boom in eating rice balls. They became common-place and people started calling them onigiri, literally, "hand-formed."
November 26, 2020
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