I liked o-nigiri the first time I ate one (I think it was kombu...),although I thought the nori was funny to eat--papery and dry. It stuck a bit to the roof of my mouth, just the way I imagined paper would (if I were given to eating paper). It didn't occur to me to wonder, that first time, how it was that the nori was dry and not wet from the moisture in the rice.
I couldn't read yet, so I think I just randomly picked one off the shelf at the combini (=convenience store).
I thought it was hard to open the package. I couldn't understand why I kept tearing the nori when tearing off the plastic--I was sure I'd seen people eating o-nigiri, just like the ones I was buying, wrapped in neat triangles of smooth nori. (Nori is "laver" in English, but doesn't everybody just call it nori?)
Then I noticed the numbers on the plastic. 1...2...3...duh. The plastic was pre-torn around the number one--what would happen if I started tearing at the one? Watch (Cici is camera-man this time):
When I finally got one of these open the right way, I stood there staring at the layered wrapper in one hand, and the crisp nori around the onigiri in my other hand.... and wondered who on earth had worked out how to wrap onigiri that way.