I have a new article in today’s edition of The Japan Times, available online here , or in the print edition. It’s about shinmai (新米）or new harvest rice, one of the must-have foods in Japan in the fall. There’s also a recipe for the plainest kind of onigiri (rice balls) of them all, shio musubi, plain rice balls with just salt on the outside. With really good rice, especially new harvest rice, you don’t need much else!
Incidentally, I think that people in Hawaii can get a hold of new harvest rice, but I don’t know if it’s sold anywhere else outside of Japan. If it is, let me know!