Happy Eel’s Day!

Hello friends!

Today is a eel’s day in Japan! It might sound gross for you, but in Japan we have eaten grilled eel in summer to keep health.

This isn’t an official holiday, and it has been changing to be up to a calender every year. Last year, we had two ee’ls days, but this year we have the only one day. Today is it!!!! It has long history to eat eels, and it started since 1772 to 1788. We still keep the tradition.

My family and I went out to eat grilled eel. I love it as I can eat it every day!

Happy Eel Day!

Happy Eel Day!

 

Happy Eel Day!

Happy Eel Day!

 

Happy Eel Day!

Happy Eel Day!

 

Happy Eel Day!

Happy Eel Day!

 

Happy Eel Day!

Happy Eel Day!

 

It was soooooooooooooo good and made my day 🙂

We love going out to eat eels, but sometimes we take out to go eat eels as a bento box. A bento box looks like a lunch box. Grilled eel is good when it gets cold. I love both eating outside and taking out to go.

 

Happy Eel Day!

Happy Eel Day!

 

We have a serious problem about the eels. Now, they might become designated as an endangered species. If it will become designated as an endangered species, we won’t be able to eat eels in the future. We might not keep our tradition in the future. We are good at farming fish, but somehow, it’s hard for us to farm eels. That’s because eels are very mysterious species and sensitive, and we still can’t understand their biogeocenosis.

When I was younger, eels were not so expensive. However, nowadays it’s getting higher and higher. Now, eels are one of Japanese cuisines.

I hope we can succeed to farm eels soon!!!! Knock on wood!!!!!

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Helga Jaermann
    Jul 29, 2014 @ 13:32:49

    Happy eels day Yumi. I love Japanese Food, hugs Helga

    Reply

  2. sb2711
    Jul 30, 2014 @ 12:16:22

    Happy eels day! What all other days do you celebrate in Japan? 😀

    Reply

    • yumi
      Jul 30, 2014 @ 12:27:34

      Thank you!

      No, we don’t celebrate the day. It’s our tradition to eat grilled eel on a certain day in summer to keep our health.

      Reply

  3. sb2711
    Aug 01, 2014 @ 12:56:28

    that is very interesting!

    Reply

    • yumi
      Aug 01, 2014 @ 14:06:20

      Thank you! Do you also have some seasonal foods like us?

      Reply

      • sb2711
        Aug 01, 2014 @ 15:38:40

        Yes 🙂 See in summer, you got to have all these different varieties of Mangoes, which is called the King of fruits here. Then during winters, we have til (sesame) and gur (jaggery) preparations such as til ke laddoos, chikkis etc. , which keep the body warm. In monsoon, we have black colored berries. These are just some examples 🙂

      • yumi
        Aug 01, 2014 @ 16:25:55

        Interesting! Thanks for sharing! I love learning different culture because it expands my horizons!

        In Japan we love eating cold foods in the summer because our summer is really muggy. We need to make ourselves cool.

      • sb2711
        Aug 01, 2014 @ 16:29:18

        Same here 🙂

      • yumi
        Aug 01, 2014 @ 16:48:51

        🙂

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