I was first introduced to kazari-sushi (かざりすし) at a birthday party last year and I have been wanting to learn how to make them ever since. Luckily, I just made a new friend who kindly showed me how! Here are our results:
Kazari-sushi /飾り寿司 translates to “sushi for decoration” so it is not considered the most tasty of sushi’s… but I thought they still tasted great! In the photo below, the rolls that look like flowers are the kazari-sushi. (The one on the bottom-middle is supposed to look like a rose but mine didn’t turn out perfectly).
Here’s the inside of a rose kazari-sushi:
Kazari-sushi is often used to add fun and an artistic surprise to children’s bento boxes (お弁当箱). Japanese mothers (perhaps fathers too) put a lot of time and LOVE into these bento lunches. It kind of makes me feel bad for feeding my kids peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day for lunch! You can check out some amazing kazari-sushi and kyara-ben’s/キャラ弁 (bento’s with characters) at these sites:
2) A collection of kazari sushi at naver.matome.jp
3) here’s how a rose sushi is supposed to look, at ranblog.seesaa.net
What do you think? Do you want to learn how to make these artistic sushi’s? Is it not worth the time for you? Would your kids love them? Are you a master of kyara-ben’s?
Lastly, a how-to video for Anpanman kazari sushi: