Yesterday I went to the supermarket and sort of had Anne from Quilting Bebbs in mind. Her daughter is doing a report on food in different cultures (I think. I'm not really sure of the details on that.) and so I took along my camera "just in case". Well, look what I stumbled upon! The supermarket was hosting an event where a tuna was being cut up for sashimi right in the middle of the shopping aisles. This may be a more common sight in the towns along the coasts of Japan (and most of Japan is coastline) but we live in the mountains about as far away from ocean as you can get in Japan so this was a big deal. There was quite a crowd of spectators awaiting samples and ready to grab the sashimi as it got put out so I wiggled my way in there and took some pictures.
Just as I pulled out my camera the tuna head was being put in a bag and there were people grappling for it so what you see in the headless fish. I think this was a fairly small tuna, some are so big that use cranes to hoist them from table to cutting "board". I did pounce on a chunk when I was finished taking pictures and it was the main dish of last night's dinner. Tetsu pronounced it one of the most delicious pieces of sashimi he's had in a long time.
I went along and took other pictures as I shopped. Well, canned goods and vegetables while they are different from what you find in American supermarkets, are not that interesting to look at but I did snap away in the delicatessen department. A lot of sushi and a lot of colorful obentos. Obentos are wonderful boxed lunches and they can be a lunch option instead of noodles or fast food. I found this hilarious article about obentos. It really gave me a laugh!
Yum. I'm getting hungry!