season of fish / 冬は魚

December 5, 2010

*exch. 046 ( bottom one only / limited number )

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.

トラフグ / 山田申吾 ( 明治41 – 昭和52 )
スルメイカ / 高山辰雄 ( 明治45 – 平成19 )
ブリ / 奥村土牛 ( 明治22 – 平成2 )



2 Responses to “season of fish / 冬は魚”

  1. Jürgen Says:

    or look for this blue label !

    I also eat only fish from sustainable fishing :o)

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