1967 Japan ( from top: 10 March, 30 June, 10 February )
Fugu / painted by Shingo Yamada ( 1908 – 1977 )
Flying Squid / painted by Takayama Tatsuo ( 1912 – 2007 )
Amberjack / painted by Okumura Dogyu ( 1889 – 1990 )
I was grown up in Yamaguchi prefecture, which is known for Fugu fishing. I remember once my grandfather caught this funny looking but poisonous fish and my mother took it to a fishmonger who had a license to prepare it for sashimi.
Amberjack is a special delicacy for me as it fished far away from where I used to live. And I was wrong to remember about squid as a winter taste – this Flying Squid, the most common squid is summer/autumn food.
Recently I am more concerend about what I eat – not just the safety of it, but also the impact of commercial fishing on the environment. Then I started to look up names and the recent statistics. This list is helpful for getting some idea, from their names.