Gather around the revered Spinning Sagittated Calamari Tree for a traditional Japanese Christmas.
…at Nakaminato of the Ibaraki coast..there’s this place where they dry Sagittated Calamary. Because it is a still image it may not be clear that it actually is spinning around and around, ha, ha…
(machine translation)—Torajiro postscript, 2008 July 8
Note that the Squid Tree photo was taken in July—Talk about jumping the gun on Christmas drinking and decorations.
This Spinning Sagittated Calamari Tree is for spin-drying squid—Dried squid (Surume) that is lightly toasted is a favorite drinking snack here in Japan. Japanese fishermen dry squid until it’s leathery on this, “contraption by spinning it around at a pretty good clip” according to flickr post of Ben Garney.