Oshizushi (“oshizushi”) is a delicacy and specialty of Osaka, more commonly known as hakozushi (“hakozushi”), oshizushi from the Kansai region. Block objects are made using wooden molds called oshibako. The craftsman places the topping on the bottom of the chai, tops it with sushi rice, and presses down firmly on the lid of the mold to form a compact linear mass. After removing from the mold, break the block into bite-sized pieces. Notable variations include battera (pressed mackerel sushi) and mackerel sushi ( ). Oshizushi does not use any raw fish. Instead, all elements are cooked or pickled.
Persimmon leaf sushi is a specialty of Nara, which is pressed sushi wrapped in persimmon leaves.