Te-Mari Sushi was apparently made popular in Kyoto first where gastronomy is more “feminine” than in any other part of Japan. It is very easy to make, present and carry.
It is more welcome when you realize people in Kyoto have more socializing to do than anywhere else, including eating and drinking. Making portions smaller and more artistic are a necessity there!
Actually Te-Mari Sushi can be made in any size and include any ingredients, be it for omnivores, adults, ladies, children, vegetarian or vegans!
Simple techniques you can follow!
The technique is simple enough: having prepared the sushi rice, take a piece of cellophane paper and first put the tane/topping outer surface down, then place some rice over it. Close the cellphane paper by twisting it and press the sushi into a ball (mari) in your hand (te)! Unwrap it, place it on a plate, tray or in a box and add some more topping if neceassary!
For a tea party? For a lady's bento? For a gentlemen's bento or a European American style party, the delectable Sushi is the all time favourite comfort Japanese food!