If you're craving sushi, you can go in pretty much any direction you want, and we're not even talking about sushi croissants and sushi burgers: We're talking price, which ranges from cheap takeout rolls to jawdropping Tokyo-style sushi dinners that will run you $500-plus. And now here's one more option to add to the neverending list: gold-wrapped sushi rolls.
Last week, Japan celebrated Setsubun, a holiday where people try to invite good fortune into their homes. Part of the custom has evolved to include eating giant sushi rolls call ehomaki, or lucky direction sushi roll.
Obviously, these rolls come in varying degrees of opulence, but in the basement of Shinjuku Isetan, there’s the Tokusen Kaisen Jyuni Hitoe Maki, which goes for 10,800 yen (that works out to around $96 U.S.).
The large hand roll is stuffed with more than a dozen forms of rare and not-so-rare fish, including tuna, puffer fish (be careful with that one!), squid, abalone, eel, crab, herring roe, salmon roe, sea bream, grouper, squid, and raw sea urchin. But the real expense comes in the gold leaf, which is wrapped around the traditional seaweed.
These OTT rolls are apparently hard to come by. But then again, so is the likelihood you have 10,000 yen to spend on a sushi roll.
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