Oishinbo is a long-running seven-volume cooking manga written by Tetsu Kariya and drawn by Akira Hanasaki. 

To commemorate its 100th anniversary, the heads of newspaper Tozai Shimbun come up with a plan to publish the “Ultimate Menu.” The assignment is given to journalist Yamaoka Shiro, the protagonist of the series. With the help of a female coworker, Kurita Yuko, Yamaoka starts off on what can only be termed an epic saga to find the dishes that will go into the “Ultimate Menu.”

The subject of Volume 6 is the Japanese culinary staple, rice. When Yamaoka begins to develop a new rice dish, it sends him on a deeper journey, looking at the importance of rice to Japanese culture.


  • Author: Testu Kariya, Illustrated by Akira Hanasaki
  • Softcover
  • Published by Viz Media