Happy International Sushi Day! 

Did you know, today(6/18) is the day to enjoy Sushi world wide! 


A lot of people would think about having nigiri or rolls, but did you notice something slipped from your mind: Inari! 

Inari is a type of sushi wrapped with thin, fried tofu that is cooked in the sweet and savory flavor of dashi. Since it doesn’t contain raw fish, some people think it’s not proper Sushi, but hey, this is International Sushi day so don’t be mean and enjoy yummy sushi! 


<Today’s Recipe>




  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 1.8 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 few shakes salt
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • Some carrot – finely chopped and steamed (leftover from making topping is good!)
  • 1 pack of abura-age (mine contained 10)

Abura-age seasoning

  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cooking wine
  • ½ teaspoon bonito soup stock
  • 1 ½ cup water


  • Some edamame – steamed
  • Some carrot – steamed
  • Some sesame seeds
  • Some red ginger pickles



  • Cook rice.
  • Let the rolling pin roll on abura-age to make them easy to open.
  • Fill water in a pan and bring it to boil. Add abura-age and let it boil for about 10 seconds to wash oil. Drain and cool. When it’s cool enough to touch, gently squeeze out water. Cut in half.
  • Combine all ingredients for abura-age and seasoning. When it’s boiled, reduce heat and occasionally flip them until the liquid is boiled up. Set aside.
  • Right after rice is cooked, pour vinegar, sprinkle sugar and salt. Toss well and let it cool. (Don’t touch more than 10 seconds otherwise rice gets sticky) Add sesame seeds, carrots and toss well.
  • Open abura-age and gently put rice. Top with carrot and edamame. Enjoy!




If you are running time and looking for easier ways to make these, this canned abura-age comes handy! It’s already seasoned so you can just put rice inside and boom! Inari-zushi is ready!


In japan, there is a god that looks just like a fox and its favorite food is thin fried tofu. Every year, a lot of farmers and restaurant owners go to shrines to pray for the harvest/business to be well, and place inari to show their respect toward the god. 

Well, tanuki(tanooki) sometimes considered as an enemy to the fox so I hope they don’t give curse on me because I’m eating their favorite food:D Right, inari-zushi?

inari face

This is my dinner buddy’s creation.

According to him, this inari don’t want me to eat them haha!!

<Other Sushi Recipes to Celebrate International Sushi Day>

Easy vegan sushi because you don’t have to make a shape or roll them! Chirashi 

vegan chirashi

Making sushi is easy!? Laugh or cry at how Tanooki did. Veg Roll Sushi

vegan sushi roll

Don’t forget something to drink! Hoji Tea

hoji tea

Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)


10 Comments Add yours

  1. These look so tasty. I use inary pockets often for appetizers. It’s such a clever ingredient! 🙂

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Hi thank you for stopping by and comment❤️ Yes inari pockets are great to make appetizers too! Wanna try your way some day😉

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      1. Inari pockets are indeed so great. The link below has one example, I sometimes fill them with rice and shrimps and other tasty ingredients. Always glad to learn new ways of using them. 🙂

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  2. Sowmya says:

    Wonderful recipe Tanooki

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you Sowmya🙌 ❤️

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  3. Tomas Curras says:

    The angry face is super cute!

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Hehe, thank you! I’ll let my husband know😊 It’s his creation and he was so proud of it😂

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  4. I never knew that there was an International sushi day! I’ll have to celebrate that next year! I also didn’t know there was a sushi type out there without raw fish in it – thanks for sharing. I’m a huge fan of Japenese Bento luch boxes so it’s nice to know about something else that could potentially be placed into one. 😊

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Hi there, thank you for visiting my blog! Yes there is actually International Sushi Day, but I didn’t know until this year either😳 Still there are so many interesting food types of Japanese food developing all around the world. Let’s have fun exploring🙌 ❤️

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