Okaka (おかか – Dried Bonito Flakes)

  • Okaka


    A few days ago, I ate a rice ball containing okaka (おかか).

    Okaka means “dried bonito flakes” or “shaved seasoned small pieces of dried bonito flakes.”

    In the Muromachi period (1336-1357), when dried bonito flakes (called katsuobushi (かつおぶし) in Japanese) were first made, it was also called kaka (かか) by repeating the first character of katsuobushi.

    Later, court ladies who worked for the imperial court came to call it okaka (おかか) by adding the polite prefix o (お) to kaka, which seems to have taken root.

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