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There was a point when your kids' idea of a cultural experience was digging a hole to China in the backyard. Now that they're in middle school, however, kids are ready to enjoy the finer points of cultural exploration, like how people live, work - and especially eat - in other countries. You've probably started them early on pizza and pasta, but the most fun, versatile, and easy-to-make foreign delicacy is Japanese fast food, otherwise known as sushi.
To most people, “sushi” means “raw fish,” but this is not necessarily the case. In Japanese, the word “sushi” means “rice snack,” and the word has come to describe anything from kani (crab) to cucumber and carrot rolls. If your child would sooner eat mud than raw fish, explain that you can make sushi out of anything, especially if you're doing it in your own kitchen!
Here's what you'll need for a sushi-making party: