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- Main lore areas
Hagi area, Kitaura area, Nagato area
- Main ingredients used
Rice, wakame seaweed
- History/origin/related events
Facing the Sea of Japan, Hagi City in Yamaguchi Prefecture is a treasure house of marine products such as yellowfin puffer fish, amadai (Pacific bluefin bream), and settsuki horse mackerel. Among these, wakame seaweed heralds the arrival of spring in the Hagi area. In this area, freshly harvested wakame seaweed is hung to dry along the coast in the spring. The pleasant smell of the ocean spreading its fragrance is a well-known spring scene among the locals. The dried seaweed is then eaten as "wakame musubi," a type of rice ball topped with wakame. In the past, many families used to go to the sea to pick wakame seaweed by themselves, chop it up after it was dried, and put it in cans. Dried wakame could be served as it is over rice, but it was often added to lunch boxes as "wakame musubi," and it is still loved today as a taste of one's hometown. The history of this dish dates back to the Edo period (1603-1867), when it was served at an inn in Yashima during the Edo period (1603-1868). There is an anecdote that a maid was surprised when she saw a samurai from the Choshu domain sprinkling chopped wakame she had brought with her on top of rice, saying, "Samurai from Choshu eat rice with tea leaves on it.
- Opportunities and times of eating habits
In the old days, farmers worked together with their neighbors, and this wakame musubi or musubi covered with kinako (soybean flour) and green laver were served for lunch and three o'clock tea.
- How to eat
Hold the rice in your hands. Cover the entire surface of the rice ball with dried chopped wakame seaweed. You can also use shiso or summer orange peels mixed into the rice.
- Efforts for Preservation and Succession
In addition to being commonly made at home, it is also served at restaurants in Hagi City and other places in the prefecture. Dried wakame and dried chopped wakame for "wakame musubi" are also sold at supermarkets, souvenir stores, and marine product stores.