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Rainy season got you down? Chiba sardines said to soothe the spirit

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12.06.2019

The "tsuyu" rainy season spells the arrival of "maiwashi" sardines at the peak of their fatty lusciousness at the Choshi fishing port in Chiba Prefecture.

The fish are in season from mid-June through mid-July, and go by the local name of "nyubai iwashi" (start of tsuyu sardine).

The term can be traced back to a late Edo Period (1603-1867) document, according to the city's fisheries department.

"Around here, everybody knows nyubai iwashi," said Masayo Hasegawa, 61, who runs an eatery with her husband in front of Choshi Station. "When you peel the thin skin off the fish's back, you see a layer of white fat that's about 3 millimeters thick. Its melt-in-your-mouth........

© The Asahi Shimbun