Makimono: Sushi Rolled In A Bamboo Mat

I love creating free content full of tips for my readers, you. I don't accept paid sponsorships, my opinion is my own, but if you find my recommendations helpful and you end up buying something you like through one of my links, I could earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more

Makimono is a Japanese cuisine that involves rolling various ingredients together in a thin sheet of nori seaweed. The resulting roll is then cut into bite-sized pieces and served. Makimono can be made with various fillings, including fish, vegetables, and rice.

Makimono is a popular dish because it is relatively easy to make, and it can be a healthy and tasty option for a meal or snack. It is also fairly versatile, as different fillings can be used to create different flavors and textures.

What is makimono

Check out our new cookbook

Bitemybun's family recipes with complete meal planner and recipe guide.

Try it out for free with Kindle Unlimited:

Read for free

What does “makimono” mean?

Makimono is a type of Japanese handscroll, so the makimono sushi is called that way because of the way it resembles that scroll. All types of sushi rolled with the bamboo sushi mat are called makimono.

What’s the difference between makimono and maki?

All rolled sushi is called makizushi or “maki”, but only sushi that is rolled with the traditional bamboo mat is called makimono. So there’s a huge overlap in usage of the two terms, but the temaki hand roll, for example, is makizushi, but not makimono.

What’s the difference between makimono and hosomaki?

Hosomaki is a type of makimono, the thin maki roll that contains only one ingredient. Makimono can also be made with multiple ingredients into a much larger roll, like futomaki.

What’s the origin of makimono?

The makimono sushi dates back to the Edo period in Japan (1603-1868), when it was created as a fast food for people on the go. It quickly became popular and has been a staple of Japanese cuisine ever since.

Types of makimono

There are many different types of makimono, each with its own unique flavor and ingredients. Some of the most popular types include:


A thick roll that is typically filled with multiple ingredients, including vegetables, fish, and rice.


A thin roll that contains only one ingredient, such as tuna or cucumber.


A roll that is inside-out, meaning the rice is on the outside and the nori seaweed is on the inside.

Is makimono healthy?

Yes, makimono can be a healthy option, depending on the ingredients used. For example, a makimono made with fish and vegetables is likely to be healthier than one made with processed meats or cheeses.

Also read: these sushi calorie counts might startle you


Makimono is the sushi rolled in the bamboo mat so it refers to the most common types of sushi you probably know and love!

Also read: kimbap from Korea or Japanese sushi? How they differ

Check out our new cookbook

Bitemybun's family recipes with complete meal planner and recipe guide.

Try it out for free with Kindle Unlimited:

Read for free

Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.