Seafood in Winter

***** Location: Japan
***** Season: Winter
***** Category: Humanity

. FISH in winter food .


Winter is time for crabs and oysters !

. Fishing in all seasons  

Some seafood names are combined :

kan xyz ... in the cold
fuyu no xyz ... in winter


Late Winter

Kan ika, kanika 寒烏賊 (かんいか) squid in the cold
cuttlefish in the cold
fishing for squid in the cold 寒烏賊釣(かんいかづり)
mostly the types of hari ika はりいか(針烏賊) Sepia madokai and yari ika やりいか(槍烏賊) Loligo bleekeri.
The fishing can even occur during daytime, but most boats try in at night.
They are good for sashimi or grilled or boiled or shiokara preparations of their innards.
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Kan shijimi 寒蜆 (かんしじみ) corbicula in winter
corbicula is a kigo for spring.

The winter variety has medical effects in case of liver diseases.
Shijimijiru 蜆汁, しじみ汁 miso with corbicula clams


Yatsume unagi 八目鰻 (やつめうなぎ, 八つ目鰻) lamprey (eel)
Lampetra japonica
yatsume 八目(やつめ)
kan yatsume 寒八目(かんやつめ)lamprey in the cold
river yatsume, kawa yatsume 川八目(かわやつめ)
sand yatsume, suna yatsume 砂八目(すなやつめ)
Despite its name, this in not a member of the eel family.
Often eaten as medicine, since they contain a lot of vitamin A.

A lamprey (sometimes also called lamprey eel) is a jawless fish with a toothed, funnel-like sucking mouth. While lampreys are well known for those species which bore into the flesh of other fish to suck their blood, these species make up the minority. In zoology, lampreys are often not considered to be true fish because of their vastly different morphology and physiology.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !


All Winter

Kaki 牡蠣 (かき) oysters
Crassostrea gigas, Japanese Oyster, Giant Pacific Oyster

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Japanese food with the oysters
boiled rice with oysterss, kakimeshi 牡蠣飯
rice gruel with oysters, kaki zoosui 牡蠣雑炊
oysters marinated in vinegar, sugaki 酢牡蠣
fried on the beach, doteyaki どて焼
deep fried oysters, kaki furai 牡蠣フライ

Famous areas for Japanese oysters
"oyster field", famous oyster farms of Hiroshima, kakita 牡蠣田
long oysters from Northern Japan, nagagaki 長牡蠣
from Hokkaido, Ezogaki 蝦夷牡蠣
Itabogaki、イタボガキ, いたぼがき板甫牡蠣
from Kyushu, Ariake Sea, Sumi-no-E gaki 住之江牡蠣 住江牡蠣
..... Crassostrea ariakensis, Asian Oyster suminoekaki
watarikaki 渡利牡蠣(わたりかき)Oysters from Mie prefecture

kaki furai 牡蠣フライ deep-fried oysters
with a lot of cabbage and tonkatsu sauce or lemon juice, or mayonaise.
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Oysters from Matsushima and Matsuo Basho


. Mirukui 海松喰 (みるくい) trough shell .
Tresus keenae
mirugai 海松貝(みるがい)
Served as sashimi. Found in the shallow sea around Honshu and Kyushu.
mirukuigai ミルクイガイ(海松食貝)
- - - - - and
geoduck, Panopea generosa, North America


. namako 海鼠 (なまこ) sea cucumber, sea slug .
trepang, bêche-de-mer
family Holothuroidea
namako in vinegar, su namako 酢海鼠(すなまこ)
innards of namako, konowata 海鼠腸(このわた)
..... konoko このこ, iriko 海参(いりこ)
..... iriko 熬海鼠(いりこ)
..... tawarago 俵子(たわらご), tarago とらご
..... toorago とうらご、kinko きんこ

fishing for namako, namako tsuki 海鼠突(なまこつき)
vendor of namako, namako uri 海鼠売(なまこうり)
boat for catching namako, namakobune 海鼠舟(なまこぶね)

Not to mix with the hoya, a summer kigo.
konowata is one of the chinmi specialities of Japan
Seewalze, Holothurie


Tairagai 平貝(たいらがい) pen-shell clam
Pinna pectinata
tairagi たいらぎ
eboshigai 烏帽子貝(えぼしがい)
Served as sushi.
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Tairagi Bento Lunchbox from Takamatsu


Tarabagani 鱈場蟹 (たらばがに) king crab
Paralithodes camtschatica
..... 多羅波蟹(たらばがに)
fish for catching and preparing tarabagani
kani koosenn 蟹工船(かにこうせん)
They are caught in the same grounds as the tara fish, hence the name "crabs from the tara fishing ground".
They are relatives of the hermit crabs.
Their meat is often processed in cans.
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Zuwaigani ずわい蟹 (ずわいがに ) snow crab,queen crab
Chionoecetes opilio
Echizengani 越前蟹(えちぜんがに)from Echizen
koobakugani こうばく蟹(こうばくがに)female crab
seikogani せいこ蟹(せいこがに)female crab
Matsubagani 松葉蟹(まつばがに) from Shimane and Tottorti
They belong to the family of spider crabs. Many are caught off the shores of Echizen.
Their legs are often eaten with vinegar dressing.
.............. November 7, 2008
This is the first day of the official crabbing season. About 120 male snow crabs and 4,000 female snow crabs were hauled in at a port in Hyogo.
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Seafood eaten in winter, not in the Saijiki

ama-ebi, amaebi、ama ebi あまえび (甘海老) "sweet shrimp"
Pandalus nipponensis
They live deep in the sea at 200 to 400 meters depth and take five years to grow adults. They love the cold waters off Hokkaido.
Often serven as sushi or sashimi.
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Worldwide use

Crabs of all seasons:
Crabs, Les crabes
USA, Chesapeake Bay and other areas

Things found on the way

Sakana Karuta 魚かるた Card Game with FISH


Related words

continue here:

. FISH in winter food .

. Food of the New Year Season, O-Setchi Ryori .
(osetchi ryoori おせち料理, 御節料理 )

including fish dishes


***** More CRAB dishes 蟹料理

***** More SEA URCHIN uni 雲丹料理

***** More SQUID and CUTTLEFISH dishes イカ料理, 烏賊料理

***** More mussles and shell dishes 貝料理

Chinmi and fish roe dishes

Squid, cuttlefish dishes (ika ryoori イカ料理, 烏賊料理)  

***** WASHOKU : SEAFOOD and FISH Saijiki

. WASHOKU : Fish and Seafood
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Gabi Greve said...

- - - - - namako

iki-nagara hitotsu ni kooru namako kana

still alive
but frozen into one,
this sea slug ...

this sea slug
is frozen into one
but still alive . . .

Matsuo Basho, 1694, shortly before his death.

(The haiku has the cut marker KANA at the end of line 3).

Gabi Greve - WKD said...

okamochi 岡持ち special box for delivering food

okamochi no ugoku mo shirenu namako kana

in the delivery box
it is maybe still moving
this sea slug . . .

Tr. Gabi Greve

Tagaya Kioo 多賀谷亀翁 Tagaya Kio
Haikai poet of the middle Edo period.