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Celebrate Pokémon Day with a Pokéball sushi bowl

  • 3 min read

All more than 800 Pokémon have a birthday on February 27, and enthusiasts around the world celebrate this day. That's not surprising, because you can hardly ignore these Pocket Monsters. There are games, TV series and trading cards in which these characters play the leading role. Celebrate the Pokémon party and make a delicious Pokéball sushi bowl.


7 Pokemon facts

The Pokémon have been through a lot in the past 26 years, these are seven fun facts for you.

Did you know:

1. Satoshi Taijiri, the creator of Pokémon, began his career in 1982 as the publisher of Game Freak magazine? All that writing about games turned out to be not enough and he soon started making games such as Yoshi and Mario & Wario.

2. Pokémon are based on insects and tadpoles that Satoshi used to look for in the Japanese forests when he was a kid?

3. Nintendo wasn't immediately enthusiastic about Satoshi's Pokémon? Fortunately, he stood his ground, the company gave in and the game Pocket Monsters was released on February 27, 1996 in a red and green version.

4. Pikachu gets his/her name from 'pika', the sound of an electric spark and 'chu' the sound of a mouse?

5. On October 20, 1996 the first set of cards was released? It contained no less than 102 cards with which you can play the Pokémon Trading Card Game. Some cards are now worth a fortune!

6. A Pokémon cartoon series was made in 1997? In it, a boy named Satoshi (named after Satoshi Tajiri himself) plays the main role, now shortened to Ash.

7. In 1998 the first feature film came out in Japan? This was followed by Pokémon Go in 2016 and the live action movie “Detective Pikachu” starring Ryan Reynolds in 2019.

Festive Pokéball sushi bowl recipe

Pokéballs are indispensable in the game, because you catch Pokémon with them. If you want to let the trapped animal fight, let it out again.

I have a Pokéball sushi bowl recipe for you from the most famous red and white ball with a dark belt around it: sushi rice topped with spicy marinated slices of fresh tuna. This is how you celebrate this Poké day with a Poké-style lunch or dinner!

Ingredients for 4 people:

  • 600 gr Japanese rice
  • 7.5 dl water
  • 65 ml rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 400 gr fresh tuna
  • 1.5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp mirin (Japanese sweet cooking wine)
  • 0.5 tsp wasabi or chili oil
  • 1 sheet of nori

Preparation method

Wash the rice until the water runs clear. Put it in a pan with water and let it stand for 1 hour. Bring the rice to a boil and turn the heat to the lowest setting. Let it simmer for 20 minutes with the lid on the pan. Remove the pan from the heat and let it stand, covered, for another 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix the rice vinegar with the sugar and salt until everything is dissolved. Place the rice in a wooden or glass bowl and mix in the vinegar mixture.

While the rice is soaking for an hour, cut the tuna into thin slices of about 0.5 cm thick. Mix the soy sauce with the mirin and the wasabi or chili oil, add the tuna and let this mixture marinate for 1 hour in the fridge, covered.

Cut a Pokéball strap from the nori.


Divide the rice over 4 bowls, for example the Japanese bowl nippon blue wave as in the photos. place the tuna slices on the top half of the rice and the belt in the center on top. Make a ball of rice and place it on the “knot” in the middle of the belt and your Pokéball sushi bowl is ready.

いただき ます

(let's eat)

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Ingrid Beyer of Roppongi
Ingrid from Happlify crew member Roppongi is a much too modest Japan expert who can tell you all the ins and outs. Roppongi is the webshop for lovers of Japan, design, good food, tea and DIY. Visit Roppongi and the blog regularly for the fastest trip to Japan.

Sources: The Sushi Times ,

1 Response

Marco Roosendaal

Marco Roosendaal

March 01, 2022

Toen mijn zoons klein waren en ze pokemon kaarten spaarden, heb ik voor hen zelf een kaart getekend. Bepaalde lijnen heb ik met goud en zilvermarkers geaccentueerd. Daarna de kaart geplastificeerd. Laatst nog eens met ze over gehad (Ze zijn nu midden 20). Ze vinden en vonden het super dat ze toen zo’n unieke kaart hadden. Hij werd ook niet geruild. groet, Marco

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