Fish of the Autumn Blade

July 16, 2010

Haven’t updated in a while since I’ve temporarily relocated to the West Coast and have minimal Internet access on my computer. But! This means that I’m no longer in Vermont and closer to sources of hilarity and epicness in lack of translations so I can actually take my own pictures and perhaps upload them once I get back to New England.

Anyway, this post is about 秋刀魚, or pacific saury. It’s a common fish in East Asian cuisine, especially so in Japanese food. The character 魚 means fish while 秋 is “autumn” and 刀 is “blade”. The origin of this rather epic name is possibly because the pacific saury looks like of like a blade and breeds during the spring. Nobody (on Wikipedia, at least) really knows for sure…


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