season of fish / 冬は魚

December 5, 2010

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*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.

昭和42年2月~6月発行
魚介シリーズ
原画:
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 )

山口県で育ったのでフグは身近な魚でした。祖父が近くで釣って帰って、母が免許を持った魚屋に持ち込んでさばいてもらったのを憶えています。ブリは遠く日本海側で釣れる魚だから、家族にとってはお正月用の特別な魚でした。イカも冬の味だと思い込んでいたのですが、スルメイカは夏が旬なのですね。

近頃、日常的に食べるものがどんな風に育ったり捕獲されたりしているのか、魚好きのわたしたちによる消費が環境にどんな影響を与えているのか気になります。けれど、魚についてあまりに何も知らないので、この一覧表の助けをかりて魚の名前と姿を見比べることから始めようと思います。

2 Responses to “season of fish / 冬は魚”

  1. Jürgen Says:

    or look for this blue label !

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_Stewardship_Council

    I also eat only fish from sustainable fishing :o)


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