Sushi Types

Sushi consists of cooked vinegared rice, combined with other ingredients like fish, vegetables or fruit. It comes in many different forms, and works quite well with nattō. If you’re new to the wonderful world of sushi, this should help inform you of the different types and how they differ.



Undoubtedly the most common type of sushi and what most people expect when they think of sushi. A mound of sushi rice is pressed between the hands with a topping such as fish draped over it.


A type of nigirizushi where seaweed is wrapped around the perimeter to hold the ingredients in. Also known as the warship roll. This can be used for nattō and other loose ingredients as the seaweed is able to hold the contents in, stopping them from spilling off the rice.

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This form of sushi is known as scattered sushi. It consists of a bowl of rice, topped with a variety of ingredients.



A thin cylindrical roll with seaweed on the outside. Also known as a thin roll. These usually contain just one filling.

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A medium sized cylindrical roll that is inside-out. This usually has two or more fillings, and is considered a Western-style sushi as it came about with the creation of the California roll.


A large cylindrical roll with seaweed on the outside. Also known as a thick roll, these can have two or more fillings and are generally quite large.



A large cone-shaped roll with seaweed on the outside and the ingredients spilling out the wide end. Also known as a hand roll. The end result is that this looks very much like an ice-cream cone, but is also very easy to hold with your hand, and incredibly hard to do so with chopsticks.

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