Tohoku Week – Shiogama Fish Market

If you’re sitting down to a plate of fresh maguro tuna at a restaurant in Japan, chances are your meal passed through Shiogama. The commercial docks in this city north of Sendai handle the vast majority of the tuna trade in Japan, not Tsukiji Market in Tokyo as most people believe. Shiogama Fish Market is…

Chirashi Don

Japan loves its raw fish in many forms, but Chirashi don, which is sashimi in a bowl of flavored rice can be quickly consumed over a short lunch break, making it the choice of office workers. Chirashi means “scattered” in Japanese, though some bowls have toppings laid out so beautifully, its easy to question that…

Shirasu

Shirasu are immature white fish that are a staple in the Japanese diet. They swim together in large schools and not difficult for fishermen to scoop out of the ocean in large quantities. One fisherman on television recently said he can catch 150kg (330 lbs.) of shirasu in a single outing. Shirasu can be eaten raw or…

鯉 Koi

These ornamental colored fish are a staple in Japanese gardens. A symbol of love and friendship (koi is a homophone for “love” in Japanese), these beloved fish are oooh’d and aaah’d over as they swim through serene garden ponds. They are also a symbol used on Children’s Day (May 5th). This photo, taken at Heirinji,…

春夏秋冬 – Spring Summer Fall Winter

Many visitors to Tokyo believe the freshest sushi is only available at Tsukiji Market and make spectacular efforts to eat there, including waking up hours before dawn to wait in line outside the most popular shops. But many restaurants in Tokyo get daily deliveries of fresh fish from Tsukiji which are at worst, hours older than…