Within only 3 days in July, 50% of the amount that is consumed in the same month is eaten, after being cooked in a Japanese traditional way: tasted with soy sauce, sugar, rice wine and so on.
But why?? Eel = Unagi = Igat’s high season is during winter!
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There is a long, historical story …which is long enough that we’ll need another post for that.
As you take a look at the calendar, you will also realize that there are animals applied to each day. There are 12 of them, which were used to used to express days of the week in the past in Japanese history. Those animals, by the way, are also used to express years. In this post’s writer’s case, he was born in 1989, whose animal is the snake.
Some two hundreds years ago, a popular inventor in Japan was asked by a fisher how eels, whose highest season is during early winter, can be sold in summer. He answered the question by saying, “Why don’t you sell it on a day that starts with the same letter that eels (Unagi) does?” That’s the idea. An animal on July 30th is a cow, in Japanese, “Ushi.”
Student: I ate it.
Student: It was tasty.
Student: oishi katta desu.
Student: I like it.・I don’t like it.
Student: suki desu・kirai desu
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