Bannonegi

White bulb tipped with hairy whiskers,

sprouted into something green.

Long and slender,

it grew rolled up.

Taste of spiced grass.

I gotta chop hundreds of these every day

to garnish the miso soup

and sprinkle over the ramen and donburi.

We never put them into the sushi,

and when I ask why

he just laughs.

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