Pride fish: local fishermen’s proud fish in Japan.
National Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations held a 3rd Fish-1 grad prix on March 6, 2016, which is a festival and competition of local seafoods and dishes based on the local fishes (local speciality fishes).
When you imagine Japanese food, there are lots of Japanese dishes related to fish such as Sashimi and Sushi. There are standard fish series in Sashimi and Sushi such as tuna, salmon, sea Bream, and mackerel, and many people think that freshness is the most important in Sashimi.Yes, it is true. However, among Japanese people, where the fish comes from is highly valued.
In Japanese culture, locality is regarded highly valuable on not only foods but also any products. Indeed, Japanese people really care “made in ~”.
A example of special local mattered fish is “tuna”, a standard Sashimi fish, is widely caught in Japan and in the world such as from Indonesia, Spain and Mexico, but there is a special tuna exists. The prices are very different in locality. The very famous tuna in Japan is Pacific Bluefin tuna (called Hon-maguro “true tuna”) from Oma-city, Aomori prefecture. Their Tuna is usually sold at $50 ~ $100 per kilogram. (Tuna is usually 100-200kg).
If you are planning to travel around in Japan, cuisine is one of the best entertainment of Japanese trip and the list below would be helpful to enjoy the local fish.
local fishermen’s proud fish
Every prefecture which faces the sea has their local proud speciality fish (pride fish プライドフィッシュ). http://www.pride-fish.jp/ (unfortunately ONLY Japanese)
There are Pride fish from 5 regions in Japan in each season, spring, summer, fall and winter. I will try to do my best to translate all fish names, but some there is no translation.
|Hakkaido & Tohoku region||Hokkaido||Pacific herring||Oyster||mantis shrimp||Scallop|
|Miyagi||Gin (Salmon)||Sea Squirt||Oyster|
|Yamagata||Spanish mackerel (Sawara)||Red shrimp|
|Fukushima||Pacific saury||Bigeyed greeneye|
|Kanto & Hokuriku region||Ibaraki||young lance fish||abalone||whitebait||monkfish|
|Niigata||Nagamo (seaweed)||black throat seaperch||right-eyed flounder||Shrimp|
|Toyama||firefly squid||white shrimp||snow crab||yellowtail|
|Ishikawa||red right-eyed flounder||raw flying squid||deep-water shrimp||Crab|
|Fukui||Horsehead tilefish||right-eyed flounder||crab|
|Tokai & Kinki region||Shizuoka||turban shell||Akafuji (rainbow trout)||Spear squid||Berycoid-fish|
|Aichi||asari clam||eel||swimming crab||seaweed|
|Mie||abalone||lobster||red sea bream|
|Kyoto||right-eyed flounder||oyster||hoursehead tilefish||yellowtail|
|Osaka||Pacific sand lance||octopus||Japanese Spanish mackerel||Tonguefish|
|Hyogo||firefly squid||octopus||Japanese Spanish mackerel||oyster|
|Chugoku & Shikoku region||Totori||sailfin sandfish||oyster||Japanese Spanish mackerel||Snow Crab|
|Shimane||househead tilefish||black throat seaperch||snow crab|
|Okayama||Elongate ilisha||Japanese seaperch||swimming crab||flatfish|
|Kagawa||salmon||dried sea slug||young yellowtail||seaweed|
|Ehime||sea bream||octopus||swimming crab||yellowtail|
|Kyushu & Okinawa Region||Fukuoka||leatherfish||squid||fugu||seaweed|
|Oita||flounder||hairtail||Daggertooth pike conger||yellowtail|
|Kumamoto||Asari shellfish||hamaguri shellfish||seaweed|
|Miyazaki||tuna||dried young sardines||lobster||yellowtail|
|Kagoshima||Japanese giant flyingfish||Banded blue sprat|
|Okinawa||Mozuku(kind of seaweed)||Tuna||bamboo shrimp|
Types of fish in Japanese is very varied; for eaxmple, “squid”, there are at least 3 best known squid in Japan: “spear squid”, “Japanese common squid”, “southern squid”. On the list above, I don’t describe some fish in detail such as “octopus”.
I am hoping this post helps you when you travel to these prefectures to enjoy their proud local fishes. Enjoy Japanese fishes.