Fishing at Sea of Japan

Daisen Fishing Trip

By Xue Feng

This time my adventure takes place in Daisen, a small town located along the west coast of Japan. Daisen is also the name of the local mountain, elevated at 1700 meters. Having a giant mountain be so close to the Sea of Japan is a rare topographical trait that makes this area so unique.

To enjoy the beauty of the sea and to appreciate nature’s gift, my friend Yabu-chan invited me to go on a fishing trip with local fisherman Mr.Takami.

We arrived at the port before the day got bright.

This is my friend Mr.Takami's fishing boat.

This is my friend Mr.Takami’s fishing boat.

Fish port at 4:30 am.

Fish port at 4:30 am.

This fishing net is roughly 1 km long.

This fishing net is roughly 1 km long.

Captain Mr. Takami

Captain Mr. Takami

Another fisherman fishing solo.

Another fisherman fishing solo.

Catching the fish

Catching the fish

Fish preparation

Fish preparation

Fish organs

I was in disbelief that how can organs be purple! But God, it was a thing of beauty.

Fish with slimy texture and vibrant colour

Fish with slimy texture and vibrant colour

Beautiful design

The outer ring is beautifully designed. Ocean life is super mysterious and amazing. I was already in awe right after I saw them.

Amazing captures

Amazing captures

Fisherman at work

Fisherman at work

Captured!

Net and fish

Hard work

Hard work

Creature of the sea

Creature of the sea

Fish cleaning

Fish cleaning

Sharks

Sharks!

Piercing eyes

Piercing eyes

Mr. Takami's Old Friend

Mr. Takami’s Old Friend

Shells and corals

Shells and corals

Sea stars

Sea stars

Toy-like fish!

Toy-like fish!

 Cat Shark

This is called Cat Shark. The skin is super hard and rough. I was drawn into the pattern of its flash. One more round of applause to the creator of the world.

Breakfast

Mr.Takami’s wife prepared breakfast for us. These meal combo are ubiquitous in Japan.

Macro shot of cat shark's tougue

Macro shot of cat shark’s tongue

Indecipherable emotion

Indecipherable emotion

Mini aquarium for zombie fish

Mini aquarium for zombie fish

Cleaning, weighing and packing for shipment.

Cleaning, weighing and packing for shipment.

Dinner

Everything in this blue bucket is our harvest for dinner!

The Dinner Feast

Later on that might we celebrated the adventure at the local fishermen/hunters club. It’s a tiny one story cottage with lots of messages left on the wall from visitors around the world.

The fish was undoubtably fresh, paired with cheese and liquors. I used to dispel fish due to its smelly nature until I was introduced to sashimi (raw fish sliced into pieces). Simply speaking, fresh fish doesn’t smell. If you are like me who’s been rejecting fish for over 15 years, I highly recommend you to try some FRESH ones.

Good luck friend, salmon is a good start.

Here are our celebration feast.

Raw fish and squid

Various of raw fish and squid on top of Shiso leaves scattered on the plates . Cheese string on the bottom right. Miso paste on the top right for dipping.

Vintage whisky

Vintage whisky from renowned Japanaese liquor brand – Suntory.

Japanese dinner

Messy but tasty. Did you spot something super wild?

Wild pig - Inushishi

This is the meat from wild pig. In Japanese it’s called Inushishi. It’s very tasty and chewy. Mr. Takami made it into smoked jerky and it’s absolutely amazing.

inushishi

The wild pig was captured by Mr.Takami one day ago. Our friends here were doing something bloody… (Photo credit: Fujiwara-san)

“One of the reason I love living at the countryside is I know where my food come from.”

Compared to the fast-paced world where we are fed on food-like food, rural’s vegetables, fruits, meat and fish are all locally produced and harvested. Nature and natural food seem so out of reach. Maybe one day the future generations will no longer know what potato really looks like.

 

3 Comments on “Fishing at Sea of Japan

  1. So true my friend. Good for you to try fresh fish. I can’t believe on all your adventures you have avoided it.
    Funny – some people only know fish and chips! Never fresh!

    • Fresh fish opens up a whole new world of cuisine for me! I used to try one fish dish per year but my taste bud kept rejecting them. I thought I wasn’t mature enough to appreciate the delicacy from the ocean until I realized I simply wasn’t eating them fresh 🙂

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