Sazae Turban Shell


Turban Shell Sazae

***** Location: Japan
***** Season: See below.
***** Category: Humanity


Sazae, 栄螺 the turban shell, is a kigo for all spring.

CLICK for more photos Turbinidae, common name the turban snails, are a taxonomic family of small to large sea snails, marine gastropod molluscs in the superfamily Trochacea, the top snails, turban snails and their allies.

In life, all the snails in this family have a strong, thick calcareous operculum, or "door" to their shell. This readily distinguishes them from the Trochidae or top snails, which have a corneous operculum, but which are otherwise somewhat similar.

The common name "turban snail" is a reference to the wrapped cloth headgear known as a turban. This is potentially a little misleading, as the Latin name Turbinidae does not mean turban shells, but instead is based on the genus name Turbo, which is the Latin word for a spinning top, a child's toy. For a similar derivation see the word turbine.
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kigo for SPRING

Tsuboyaki 壷焼 (つぼやき)
turban shell fried in the conch
sazae no tsuboyaki 栄螺の壷焼(さざえのつぼやき)
yakisazae 焼栄螺(やきさざえ)

CLICK for more photos Speciality at the beach of Enoshima. I remember well the delicious smell on the bridge to the island.

This started from a simple preparation of the diver women (ama) at the beaches of Japan. It can be rather bitter in taste.
Nowadays some mirin, soy sauce or vegetable bits are added.


Worldwide use

Things found on the way

Sazae San, a famous Manga
サザエさん ( さざえさん )

Sazae-san was first published in Hasegawa's local paper, the Fukunichi Shimbun (フクニチ新聞, Fukunichi Shimbun), on April 22, 1946. When the Asahi Shimbun (朝日新聞, Asahi Shimbun) wished to have Hasegawa draw the comic strip for their paper, she moved to Tokyo in 1949 with the explanation that the main characters had moved from Kyūshū to Tokyo as well.
CLICK for more photos The comic dealt with contemporary situations in Tokyo until Hasegawa retired and ended the comic on February 21, 1974. As one of Japan's longest running and oldest comic strips and animations, the series is known to nearly every Japanese person, young and old.
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umi nageru shizukasa ni yaku sazae kana

quiet sea -
quietely simmering
the sazae snails

Iida Dakotsu 飯田蛇笏
Tr. Gabi Greve


木の実ほどの小さき 栄螺や 桶の底   
ko no mi hodo no chiisaki sazae ya oke no soko

little sazae
as small as some nuts -
bottom of the bucket
Aoki Getto 青木月斗
Tr. Gabi Greve


tsuboyaki no kai no tsuno yori deru kemuri

steam comes out
of the horns of the conch
as it is grilled

Yorimitsu Yooko 依光陽子 (1964 - )

Related words

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. Legends from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

From Chiba, about a sazae without a horn and
Minamoto no Yoritomo 頼朝

From Kanagawa 横須賀市 Yokosuka and Nichiren

From Niigata, Sado, 相川町

From Oita 佐伯市

From Okinawa

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Gabi Greve said...

Yokai sazae-oni 栄螺鬼 / さざえ鬼 haunted turban shell
They are a type of obake, forming when turban snails, especially Turbo cornutus, reach 30 years of age.

The most popular legend of the Sazae-oni is that of a group of pirates which rescued a drowning woman from the sea and took her back to the ship. They vied for her attention, but soon found that she was willing to have sex with all of them, cutting their testicles off afterwards. The men, obviously upset, threw her into the ocean, where she revealed her true form, and bartered with the captain for their testicles back. The Sazae-oni ended up leaving with a large amount of pirate gold. Testicles are sometimes called kin-tama or "golden balls" in Japanese, so the punchline goes that gold was bought with gold.