Futomaki Matsuri Sushi Roll is a traditional local dish in the Boso Area
Boso Futomaki Matsuri Sushi Roll is a popular local dish traditional in the Boso Penninsula area, Chiba Prefecture.
A variety of beautiful cross-sections is breathtakingly charming.
Sushi rolls are made in such a way that when cut out into slices the cross-sections show a variety of designs
- letters, flowers such as camellia, iris, tulips, etc.
Recent variations include animation characters like Anpanman, Red Bean Bread Man, the images of Shinkansen and other vehicles.
How to Prepare Boso Futomaki Matsuri Sushi Roll?
Colorful Boso Futomaki Matsuri Sushi Roll is unique in shape as well as in the way it is prepared.
It takes some tricks uncalled for in preparing other types of sushi rolls.
Here's how to roll in the order of action:
First, place the rolling screen and then lightly spread vinegared rice.
So far the same as you would roll regular sushi rolls, which you would only place roll-in items one after another and just roll.
Mark that in regular sushi rolls how the cross-sections show, when cut, is just a matter of luck.
In rolling Boso Futomaki Mstsuri Sushi Roll, you can’t let luck guide your way.
That is, you have to place the roll-in items the way they end up eventually showing the designs you have in mind.
Virtuosi in the art of Boso Futomaki Matsuri Sushi Roll are said to have learned from their senior masters
how to place the items to show desired designs.
For those of you eager to challenge the art, there are public do-it-yourself classes open even for foreign tourists!
Let's challenge Furomaki Sushi Roll
Rakudo-Kai is the place to visit.
It's a cooking workshop run by local housewives, located at Isumi-City along the east coast just about the middle of the Boso Peninsula.
Just for info, Rakudo-Kai is 10 minutes or so from nearby Taito Station by the city's circular bus - only 4 runs a day.
Taxi cabs are recommended if out of time.
Rakudo-Kai also offers classes for making pizza with locally raised vegetables and even how to preserve Miso seasoning.
The classes for Boso Futomaki Matsuri Sushi Roll vary by levels (elementary to advanced)
- the simplest (elementary) class for a fee of 3000 yen for classwork of 90 minutes.
The class offers two types of Boso Futomaki Matsuri Sushi Roll:
seaweed roll with the orthodox seaweed sheet and egg roll with egg crape.
You can come unprepared, as all the materials are ready and all you have to do is just put an apron on and get to work.
Your instructors are all local farming housewives - all members of Rakudo-Kai.
It's so carefree as if you were at your own rural relatives meet conversing while picking up skills to roll your own Boso Futomaki Matsuri Sushi Roll.
Here, this woman is the representative of Rakudokai, Mrs. ANDO Kuni.
As earlier mentioned, designs differ by the way roll-in items are placed ahead of time.
Four of you learn each from one instructor who guides your way through the process.
Elementary Class is open even for primary school kids and easily accessible for beginners.
One valuable trick: when spreading vinegared rice and rolling the screen around, never press too hard.
The cross-section looks most impressive if pieces of rice appear singularly upright.
No language support is available but virtually unnecessary, as the skills are taught from hand to hand with the help handy translation tools.
You can enjoy every minute of the class without any language barrier.
Mostly Chinese and Taiwanese, but tourists from other countries are most welcome.
After the class, the products are shared together with your instructors.
You are sure to have the time of your lifetime in the style of a home party.
You can make your reservation one week ahead of time, four persons at a time.
Boso Futomaki Matsuri Sushi Roll traditional in Chiba - once you've mastered how to roll it, you can roll them at home any time.
So give yourself a try.