Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Fish Drawings And Sea Urchin In Japan

Since fish is such a common food item in Japan, there are drawings, images, mascots in shape of fish quite everywhere here. These are some photos taken in a restaurant in Kobe. I mentioned this restaurant in the post on 21 November. Drawings always come with some information – here, the names of the fish are written on each sticker. It is surprising, because everybody knows them. It comes handy for a foreigner, though. I have learnt a lot by reading things around.

Karei – sole, flounder:

さざえ sazae, turban shell:

Sea urchin is edible, it is a sushi item and it is called uni in Japanese. To maintain a thin and fit body, many study calorie-related books and are aware of the food nutritional facts in Japan. Sea urchin has as low as 120 calories per 100 grams, and is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which makes it popular.

Uni looks like this inside - it is a photo taken in Hokkaido, where it can be found more easily:

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