Just in time for Setsubun—the Japanese holiday on which demons are exorcized with dry beans and smelly sardines—the Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium built this hilarious (and twisted!) ehōmaki sushi roll hideout for its garden eels.
You’ll get the joke immediately if you know that ehōmaki rolls are only sold on Setsubun (which happens to fall on February 2 this year) and this everything-but-the-kitchen-sink of a sushi roll traditionally contains non-live eels, plus pink fish powder, egg, cucumber, dried bonito, mushrooms and rice.
Last year the aquarium built some sushi rolls that would only accommodate one eel each…
But they were so popular, this year they decided to go big or go home:
And now, what you’ve really been craving: THE VIDEO!
Thank you to GrapeJapan for the excellent pointer and these fine photos!
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3 thoughts on “Live eel sushi rolls”
we look so funny. these are sushi rolls very lovely.
Thank you! They made me laugh too