The first time I tried onigiri I totally screwed up opening the package and there was yakinori everywhere. So the second time I asked someone Japanese for help and discovered how easy it really is when you know how to do it. So in an effort to help people to not make a mess of their first onigiri, if they ever come to Japan, this is how it’s done:
Step 1: Go to a konbini or supermarket and buy something called an onigiri. This actually translates to rice ball, but as you can see it’s not as much round as it is triangular.
Step 2: Grab the piece of plastic that has the number 1 on it and start pulling.
Step 3: Carefully pull it all the way around and off.
Step 4: Grab the piece of plastic that has the number 2 on it and start pulling.
Step 5: Carefully pull it all the way off.
Step 6: Grab the piece of plastic that has the number 3 on it and start pulling.
Step 7: Carefully pull it all the way off.
Step 8: Admire the result of your careful plastic pulling.
Step 9: Put part of the onigiri in your mouth, bite, chew, enjoy the taste and swallow.
Step 10: Inspect the filling of your onigiri to make sure you got what you wanted and not something scary, like pig intestines. Then repeat step 9 over and over until the onigiri is gone.