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Bara-zushi (sushi)

The most famous local specialty of Okayama is ‘Bara-zushi’ (it’s also called ‘Matsuri-zushi’). It’s a sort of sushi which has been passed down since the Edo era.

Also, other type of sushi, Mamakari-zushi and Oshi-zushi are well known as local foods of Okayama.


So this time, I’ll talk about those sushi

We visited a Japanese restaurant 'Kappo Sakaguchi' in Okayama City which offers local specialty.
You can get to there by the tram from JR Okayama station.
The closest tram station to the restaurant is Saidaiji-cho.
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Here it is


You can choose the counter or the tatami room.
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Oh, Momotaro came with us today
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We ordered Bara-zushi at first.
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It’s colourful and gorgeous

Generally, Bara-zushi has 16-18 kinds of ingredients called ‘neta’ on sushi rice.
Most of neta are some kind of seafood, such as red and white fishes, shrimp, octopus, shellfish… There are a tremendous variety of toppings.

What’s more, all seafood and rice are from Okayama.

It’s really tasty
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You can enjoy the combination of different kinds of neta and sushi rice which has delicate sweetness.


Momotaro loves it too
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Next one is Mamakari-zushi.
It’s a sushi using pickled fish, ‘Mamakari’.
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It’s my favorite


Mamakari is sort of herring, and it’s also called ‘sappa’.
The best season for it is the early summer and the autumn.

Speaking of Mamakari, it has an interesting story about the origin of its name.

‘Mamakari’ means ‘borrowing rice from your neighbour’.
The fish named Mamakari because it was really tasty and people tended to eat it and rice too much, and as a result, they run out of their rice.

We never know if it’s true or not, but it sounds funny


By the way, we ate grilled and marinated Mamakari too.
It was the side dish of the lunch menu 'Makakari-sushi set'.  I like it as well
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The side dishes are likely to be changed.
In that case, you can order ‘grilled and marinated Mamakari (420yen, 2or3 fishes)’ individually!



We had a chat with the manager of the restaurant after our meal.
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We asked him about the origin of Bara-zushi.

It dates back to the Edo era.
One day, the lord of Okayama made a law to ban eating luxurious meal.
As a result of that, people weren’t allowed to eat anything but rice, miso soup and only one side dish for a meal.

Although, people created Bara-zushi which has many neta (ingredients) and put it on a plate, then they insisted that it was ‘one side dish’.
It was the beginning of Bara-zushi


Even today, Bara-zushi is highly popular as the food for special events and ceremonies.
However, it’s not easy to cook it. Actually, it’s a time-consuming job.

For instance, each ingredient should be cooked in different way.
Besides, you also have to be careful with the temperature of steamed rice since it  decides the taste of sushi.

On the top of that, the way of dishing up the ingredients should be considered carefully.
For example,  some neta which have strong flavour might affect the taste of other neta.
So, they should be set away from each other.

Well, I’m not sure if I could do it…

According to the manager, Bara-zushi is a wonderful local food of Okayama which has good looking, good aroma and good taste
I totally agree with him


Kappo Sakaguchi
Address: 3-8-22 Omotecho, Kita Ward, Okayama City
Tel: 086-224-2835
Opening time: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays 11:30-14:00, 17:00-22:00 
                          Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 17:00-22:00
Close: Sundays
Price: Bara-zushi set menu (lunch menu)1050yen
           Makakari-sushi set (lunch menu)1050yen
Access: 2min walk from Saidaiji tram station
http://r.gnavi.co.jp/y052300/



Meanwhile, there’s Bara-zushi for take away.
You can buy it in the department store like Takashimaya near JR Okayama station.


I found this Bara-zushi lunch box at 'Sushi Ichi' in Takashimaya,
It has clear top and bottom so that you can see both sides.

I’ll show you the bottom first.
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It’s quite simple…


Whereas, this is the top. Beautiful
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This Bara-zushi is based on another anecdote.
People in the Edo era were prohibited from eating luxuary foods, so they hid neta (ingredients) under rice when they ate sushi.

They were so smart

So, please try Bara-zushi when you come to Okayama


Sushi Ichi
Address: basement level 1 of Okayama Takashimaya
      6-40 Honmachi, Kita Ward, Okayama City
Tel: 086-232-1111


A:Kappo Sakaguchi   B:Sushi Ichi



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