Mana Musubi’s Manabu Asaoka Is a Rice Ball Evangelist

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Mana Musubi’s Manabu Asaoka Is a Rice Ball Evangelist


Oshiro, Joleen, Honolulu Star - Advertiser


COURTESY MANABU ASAOKA What you wrap your musubi in matters, too. Wax paper, left, is breathable and able to absorb excess water; this is the best choice of a wrapper. Another bonus: It doesn’t stick. While an easy way to wrap the entire musubi, plastic isn’t the best choice. It’s too flimsy to be protective and seals in moisture, making for a soggy musubi. A go-to in Japan, it is appreciated for its practicality and sturdiness. With foil, pictured at right, there’s no worry about crushing or breaking your musubi.

COURTESY MANABU ASAOKA Manabu Asaoka, right, and his wife, Fumiyo.

COURTESY MANABU ASAOKA Manabu Asaoka first came to Hawaii to study at Hawaii Pacific University. He pondered how to make his own mark in sharing Japanese culture and realized his opportunity was in the musubi he now produces daily.

Manabu Asaoka, owner of Mana Musubi in McCully (originally Mana-Bu’s) first came to Hawaii to study intercultural communication at Hawaii Pacific University. He pondered how to make his own mark in sharing Japanese culture and realized his opportunity was in the popular rice balls he now produces daily.

Asaoka’s contribution is an engaging little paperback called “The Musubi Book.” But don’t let the cutesy cover fool you — it’s a comprehensive exploration of everything from the history of the musubi to assembling your own hand-held snack. In between are science lessons about rice, an exploration of fillings, plus recipes for mixed rice. Practical tips help readers up their musubi game.

Last week Asaoka answered a few questions from Japan via email.

QUESTION: In your biography in the book, you’re called a “musubi culture evangelist.” What is musubi culture? What makes musubi more than simply food?

ANSWER: On the surface, musubi is a Japanese-style rice dish. However, conceptually, musubi should also be regarded as an iconic homemade rice dish that reminds (people) of the handmade taste of their mom’s, grandma’s — or sometimes dad’s — cooking.

Musubi is very easy to make without special preparation, so everyone has numerous occasions when (they) enjoyed homemade … musubi in their childhood … especially for their bento lunches at school, field trips or picnics, weekend sporting events, and of course, their family outdoor parties and travels.

In this sense, musubi is not just a staple food to fill our stomach. Rather, it is … a symbolic item that represents the supportive, family-oriented Japanese culture very well.

Q: Is it correct to assume you eat musubi? If so, how long have you been eating it? Who made it for you? What is your favorite musubi, and why? How did your musubi journey evolve?

A: Of course I love to eat musubi!

Actually, it is totally impossible for me to tell you about my first encounter with musubi. …

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