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|Kanji in this term|
- (childish) a closing or grasping of one's hand
- a rice ball (from the way the ball is formed by squeezing a handful of rice in one's hands)
- Vaguely similar to a sandwich in concept, but smaller and less filling. Typically has something in the center, or mixed into the rice, such as an 梅干し (umeboshi, “pickled plum”), tuna salad, salmon, chicken teriyaki, or some other savory ingredient. Often wrapped in 海苔 (nori, “a sheet of roasted seaweed”), either entirely, or with a strip. Traditionally triangular.
- Synonyms: お結び (omusubi), 握り飯 (nigiri meshi)