Once you live in Japan seaweed becomes a staple food. Besides being used in most Japanese dishes, it also serves as a healthy snack. The picture shows a pack of nori (dried seaweed sheets) and shiokonbu (salted kelp). I don’t like throwing away food at all but when I found those packs today I noticed that they had expired nearly two years ago.
I was familiar with nori prior to moving to Japan, mainly because of sushi. Shiokonbu I only got to know here in Tokyo. Funnily enough, I didn’t eat it for the first time as a topping for rice, which is common, but I’ve had it sprinkled over tomato ice cream at a small ice cream shop in Ebisu. It was delicious!