People feeding special aquafarm SABA (mackerel) raised with sake lees, earning the fish the nick-name Yopparai Saba (drunk-mackerel)
Resuming obama mackerel shipment after releasing the 'emergency situation'
Sunday, May 24, 2020, 20:00 (GMT + 9)
In response to the cancellation of the emergency declaration , the shipment of special mackerel from Obama City resumed for the first time in a month and a half
At Tsurugahime fishing port in Takara, Obama city, landing has resumed from 22nd and shipping to restaurants in the city.
Obama Brand-The Name 'Yopparai Saba', or Drunken Mackerel, which is a mixture of bait and sake lees produced in a sake brewery in Kyoto. It grows to a body length of 30 cm and a weight of 350 g. This process produces 'Umami', helps reduce the like smell-fish and oily feel ff the mackerel and even gives a faint sake aroma and a aweet taste.
Preserved fermented mackerel called Heshiko (Photo: Wakasa Obama Tourism Association)
Wakasa Obama in ancient time was called “Miketsukuni” which means the food supplier to the imperial courts in Nara and Kyoto. Especially these two old capitals were located inland so salt and fish were brought from this region and because of the distance the salted preserved mackerel were carried and delivered through the several passes and the routes are now called “SABA-Kaido” (mackerel routes). Tagarasu used to be a perfect fishing ground for mackerel but this tradition died out and now as a new movement the mackerel aquafarms are built in the research of feeding fish with sake lees.
SABAR is a trendy food chain supplying the Yopparai SABA in Tagarasu and throughout Japan (Photo: Wakasa Obama Tourism Association)
Surprisingly, local people talk to the mackerel while feeding them, saying things like “how are you?” or “enjoy food!”, believing that it will help them to grow up nicely.
This year , shipments were suppressed due to the new coronavirus , but it resumed for the first time in about a month and a half after the cancellation of the emergency declaration.
Obama tagarasu sashimi mackerel (Photo: Wakasa Obama Tourism Association)
The likelihood of the Japanese government lifting a state of emergency in Tokyo and nearby prefectures, as well as Hokkaido, altogether next Monday is growing, as the number of new coronavirus cases continues to decline, officials have said.
After observing the situation over the weekend and hearing opinions from health experts, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will formally decide what to do with the emergency for Tokyo and Hokkaido, as well as Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama prefectures, the last remaining areas under the measure among the country’s 47 prefectures, officials said Friday.