Nara - Naramachi: Hiraso - Kakinoha Zushi
Kakinoha Zushi (柿の葉寿司) is a Nara delicacy. A form of pressed sushi made of rice seasoned with vinegar and slices of salmon, salted mackarel and sea bream on top, formed in the shape of a cube and wrapped with a "kakinoha" or persimmon leaf. Persimmon leaves contain tannin which acts as a natural antibacterial agent. They also contain vitamin C helps control high blood pressure. The mackerel used in Kakinoha Zushi is prepared according to a special method, kept secret by those who make it, and the reason this sushi variety can only be found in Nara.
Hiraso, at 30-1 Imamikadocho, is known for their kakinoha-zushi and kakisuga (a seasonal delicacy of dried persimmon, dusted with kuzu or arrowroot powder and cooked tempura style).