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Saturday, August 05, 2006

The Day Japanese People Eat Unagi

There are days people eat Unagi (eel in English) in Japan. The days differ from every year, and their outstanding days are especially in July and August. These days are called “Doyou no Ushi no Hi” which indicates especially in summer.

This custom of eating Unagi started in Edo period (1603-1867). There are some origins about this Japanese custom. Ohtomo Yakamochi (717?-785) who is well known as a tanka poet recited a poet “maintain your health by eating eel” in the Man’yoshu; the earlist extant anthology of Japanese verse, it comprises some 4,500 peoms and was compiled in or after A.D 759.


In fact, Unagi is well-nourished fish. People in Japan especially eat Unaju which has broiled Unagi on rice. This dish is good for people who loose her/his appetite because of the summer heat when they want to get energy.



In my opinion, Unaju is delicious dish. There are of course some people who don’t like Unaju because of eel itself or gross looking once you turn it back and see the skin. I wonder weather there is country eat eel. Have you eaten eel? 

25 comments:

スロ / Bernat said...

What's that?
Looks yummy...

gemma said...

むっ!丑の日だった!?
食べたい!ウナギ!!
ちなみにシンガポールの人はウナギは平気みたいで、私の目の前で食べてた友達2人とも、美味しい美味しいって言ってました。姿を見て嫌がる外国人もいるけど、中国系の人はわりと何でもOKなのかな?
私も食べたーい!!

kayanon said...

スロ>

You should try this dish. it's really yummy!

kayanon said...

genmma>

8月4日は丑の日でしたね。(でもタイミング悪くて、その日にポストできませんでした。悪しからず…)

そうなんだぁ。中国の人とかだったら、漢方とかにも鰻を使いそうですよね。

この写真を撮影した後、おいしく賞味させていただきました☆(でも今年は鰻が高いので、これが最後かも…)

UncleDonCope said...

You have a great blog Kayanon, keep up the good work. I enjoyed looking at it. I have a nephew from Tennessee in America who is going to school in Japan and he says it is the greatest.

Fabi said...

It looks good, but I think I can't eat it very much. You know, here in Europe, we don't eat fish very much ^^

But I think, I want to try this!!

Pierre-Yann said...

I don't remember eaten eel, but I know it's available easily, even in supermarket in France.

It looks very good, I must try it somedays.

Depending of the region in Europe, people eat fish a lot or not. In my region, far from sea, we have only the "one time in the week fish", generally friday. Personnaly, I like fish, but I prefer not to take it in restaurant, because, it's not always very fresh, with all the travel.

I don't know people who don't eat fish at all, but several that hate squid and other no fish water creatures.

Rudey said...

Thank you for your site! I've learned a lot from you!

I live in California, but grew up in in the Midwest. My father fished a lot in Summer, so we ate eel then. It was fried after being dipped in cornmeal and flour, as fried fish is often prepared.

I have had Unagi here, since Japanese food is much easier to get than in Missouri. I like it very much.

kayanon said...

Thank you for your comment and compliment, uncledoncope.

I hope your nephew will have good time in Japan. By the way, where will your nephew study in Japan?

kayanon said...

fabi>
Unaju is really good! I think this dish is must-eat for Japanese learners. I want to see how people will react about eating it.

kayanon said...

pierre-yann>

Yeah, I know some foreigners hate eating squid or octopas, Japanese eat them in their daily life though.

Do people eat octopas in your country?

kayanon said...

thank you for your comment and compliment, rudey.

I didn't know that people in the U.S eat eel!

I have never tried eel except unadon or unaju.

thanks information!

Pierre-Yann said...

You mean octopus?

I don't remember seeing octopus in meal here. Or maybe just very small one, no more.

I personnaly like squid, qnd I think I will like octopus, but I also like snail and frog!

kayanon said...

pierre-yann>

I have never tried snail and frog, and I think I won't try in the future... i even hate to see frog...

Kuntry Konfession said...

frogs are just too cute to eat. snails...well, they make me mad eatting my garden and all-but i'm sure these "snails" are sea snails(?)escargot in francaise? not interested in snails....eel is good but i'd imagine i'd have to cook it a certain way. wanna know what's weird?! pickled pig feet in a jar. the american south sells it and it looks as it sounds....grrrross! so if ever an american knocks on your food, remind them of this pickled pig, ok? hahahaha!

soursop said...

haha... it makes me happy to see people are discussing about this! :p i really love to eat unagi, squid, octopus, frog, cockle, and all the like!

in my school's canteen, unadon and unatama are well sold everyday. i eat them quite often. of course, i suppose that the original unadon/unatama in japan will be even more delicious than what i've tried... i'll look forward to eating it in japan! ^^)V

soursop said...

by the way, what's the difference between unadon and unaju? (i have never heard of unaju, indeed)

kayanon said...

kuntry konfession>

pickled pig feet? there is a similar one in Okinawa, Japan. that is called Tonsoku which means pig feet. It is just boiled and still show their appearance. People in okinawa eat it often.

Visit here http://www.infocreate.co.jp/hometown/naha/ganpi.html

kayanon said...

soursop>

The difference of Unadon and Unaju is obvious. Unaju means that the dish is in a Japanese tradtional container, Jubako. Therefore, Unaju's ju comes from Jubako. http://www.takahashiya.org/menu/menu2.html

Unadon is in normal Donburi which is like my picture.

Kuntry Konfession said...

uh-oh....i'm sure you wouldn't want this "pickled pig feet" though! i'd send you a picture but i don't want to get you sick.
(smile). ps. my roommates and I are big fans of shushi, shashimi, veggie tempuras, miso soup AND sake! hmmmm...now i'm hungery.... and we grow the japanese eggplants. taste better!

Kuntry Konfession said...

awww man, kayanon, i just went to the site you told me to! i'm blind now hahaha! never mind, the american pink pickled pig and that one just don't look appetizing. i witnessed a pig-roast once. but it looked more appetizing! pickled meat just doesn't sit well in my eyes and belly. i'll just stick to pickle cucumbers.

alex said...

really hungry...too bad is expensive here...

kayanon said...

alex>

Expensive in your country? Where do you live, by the way?

Ian Khoo said...

MMmmm... Unagi is my second favourite food, right after escargot. =p

kayanon said...

iankhoo>

I have never tried escargot... They are "pet" in my image. Are they good?