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Mana Musubi’s Manabu Asaoka is a rice ball evangelist

  • 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 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. Read more

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