May Guide Sign


May is a great time for hatsu-gatsuo, as sashimi or sushi.

Hatsu-gatsuo, the “first catch” of bonitos in the late spring to early summer

is a key word indicating early summer according to haiku rules

and has been highly appreciated as a delicacy of early summer for centuries.

“ For the eyes, there are green leaves and for the ears, the cuckoo’s song.

In addition, for the tongue you have the first bonito as well.

” This is a well-known haiku poem written by a haiku poet in Edo period((1603-1867).

It describes how much delighted Edoites were with the freshest seasonal things of early summer including the first bonito.

Grated raw garlic and ginger go well with uncooked katsuo or bonitos.

It is a great pleasure to taste the season’s foods while feeling the seasons.

The katsuo is one of the most versatile fish in Japan and appreciated in many ways.

Dried and fermented it becomes katsuobushi,

one of the main ingredients in dashi stock and creates the basic and essential flavor of Japanese cooking.

Traditionally katsuobushi is used in blocks and shaved using a wooden grater box because of it increased hardness.

Nowadays prepackaged katsuo shavings are more preferred than driftwood-looking katsuobushi at most households.

And as it symbolizes a married couple, it has been used as a thank-you gift to people invited to the wedding reception.

Unlike maguro or bonito which is an endangered species, katsuo is very abundant near the sea in Japan.

So you can enjoy eating as much raw katsuo as you want without worrying its extinction.



















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