JAPAN TRAVELOGUE – DAY 11 – KUROMON ISHIBA MARKET - II

by Antonio Gil October. 09, 2020 605 views

Puffer fish

Puffer fish

Almost all pufferfish contain tetrodotoxin, a substance that makes them foul tasting and often lethal to fish. To humans, tetrodotoxin is deadly, up to 1,200 times more poisonous than cyanide. There is enough toxin in one pufferfish to kill 30 adult humans, and there is no known antidote.

Amazingly, the meat of some pufferfish is considered a delicacy. Called fugu in Japan, it is extremely expensive and only prepared by trained, licensed chefs who know that one bad cut means almost certain death for a customer. In fact, many such deaths occur annually.

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Market Day

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White, glittering sunlight fills the market square,

Spotted and sprigged with shadows. Double rows

Of bartering booths spread out their tempting shows

Of globed and golden fruit, the morning air

Smells sweet with ripeness, on the pavement there

A wicker basket gapes and overflows

Spilling out cool, blue plums. The market glows,

And flaunts, and clatters in its busy care.

A stately minster at the northern side

Lifts its twin spires to the distant sky,

Pinnacled, carved and buttressed; through the wide

Arched doorway peals an organ, suddenly —

Crashing, triumphant in its pregnant tide,

Quenching the square in vibrant harmony.

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Marsha 11 months, 1 week ago

So much interest and color here. Will pass on the puffer!

11 months, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Marsha 11 months ago

Same here. I also passed it 😊. Thanks Marsha

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Tsao T-F 11 months, 2 weeks ago

So, did you eat Puffer fish? And you were OK?pray

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Antonio Gil Replied to Tsao T-F 11 months, 2 weeks ago

No I didn't. I'm not crazy 😊

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R Kuerbovich 11 months, 2 weeks ago

#6What a post! Congratulations! You left me salivating like a waterfall; and #6, my mega-favourite.

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Antonio Gil Replied to R Kuerbovich 11 months, 2 weeks ago

LOL right now with the waterfall analogy 😊😊. Thanks my friend

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Bill Baird 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Lot of tempting entrees.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Bill Baird 11 months, 2 weeks ago

We were surrounded by food stimuli all over the place. Thanks Bill

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Berckmans Peter 11 months, 2 weeks ago

You know how I feel about markets, love them. People,food colors and smells all in one meltingpot. Did yoy try the Kobe beef. a bit to fat for me; But very sweet

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Antonio Gil Replied to Berckmans Peter 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Yes I did, but a very small amount. They were too expensive. Thanks my friend

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Camellia Staab 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Drooling all over the computer. Such delicacies I could die for. Amazingly, price wise they are the same as here. Did you have any of that (grilled) melon on a stick #8? Interesting way of charring fruit.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Hahahaha. I bet. No I didn't, it was too early in the morning to eat. Thanks dear friend

11 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Nancy Andrea D 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Mouth-watering dishes!!

11 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Nancy Andrea D 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Some of them 😊

11 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Nancy Andrea D Replied to Antonio Gil 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Oh... but you did a great job in capturing the food! I have to admit that I will definitely steer clear of the fugu!

11 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Gethin Thomas 11 months, 2 weeks ago

#6 What are the curved things on sticks at the front?

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Antonio Gil Replied to Gethin Thomas 11 months, 2 weeks ago

It's called abalone. It's a delicacy here.

11 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
R Kuerbovich Replied to Antonio Gil 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I do not understand the appetite Asian people have for abalones... quite common in European waters and quite tasteless to me

11 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to R Kuerbovich 11 months, 2 weeks ago

The Japanese have very strange tastes, at least in what concerns the food we are used to eat.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Gethin Thomas 11 months, 2 weeks ago

They are scallops.
#6 are raw.
#10 are cooked. 北海道扇貝 ホタテ 1 串 ¥ 500

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Antonio Gil Replied to Tsao T-F 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the correction Tsao

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Tsao T-F Replied to Antonio Gil 11 months, 2 weeks ago

smile

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Gethin Thomas Replied to Tsao T-F 11 months, 2 weeks ago

So they are a Scallops with a piece of Abalone around the top. I would love to try those.

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Gethin Thomas 11 months, 2 weeks ago

When in Japan we rarely knew what we were eating but we never had any food that we did not like. Maybe in some cases it was better not knowing in advance what the food was.

In one small railway cafe we waited for the picture menu but there wasn't one, so I walked around the cafe with the lady and looked at what everyone else was eating. When I saw something I liked the look of I smiled at the customer, pointed at their food and indicated we will have two of those please. I can recommend this to any travellers in the same quandary, if the locals are already eating it it must be good. My only shock ever was when the noodles I pointed at arrived cold and not hot. This was a real surprise but now I make cold noodle salad myself.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Gethin Thomas 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I've used the same scheme when I was in Kyrgyzstan and no one spoke English. 😊

11 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Francesc 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Fantastic views of the market...Great work Antonio...Happy weekend

11 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Happy weekend dear friend. It was a rather busy and colourful market.

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