Happy Eel Day in Japan

Eel  Today is Eel Eating Day, Doyo-no-ushinohi, . Japanese celebrated with the custom of eating grilled eel/unagi as I have explained in ‘My Japanese hovercraft is full of eels’ (3Yen / 2006-07-23).

eel-looking worm
to full-size (1530 × 2122 px). creative commons some rights reserved | RIKEN CDB

The above drawing of an eel-like creature comes from RIKEN , Center for Developmental Biology that published it along with others as a set of developmentally-themed postcards with a distinctly Japanese feel.

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7 thoughts on “Happy Eel Day in Japan”

  1. BTW: Japan’s “Eel Day” is actually called the “Eels for the Midsummer Day of the Ox”, which makes absolutely no sense–Welcome to Japan.

    Japanese eel girl
    OSAKA, JAPAN: A custom officer holds a live eel imported from China

  2. fishy

    Japanese Scientists Push for More Radiation Tests to Assess Seafood Risks
    Bloomberg | July 26, 2011 — Japan’s government has to release more data from ocean radiation tests to accurately assess the contamination threat to seafood, according to a statement by the Oceanographic Society of Japan.
    The government should release radiation readings in sea water that are below its minimum measurement level, because even at those low quantities the radioactive elements may pose a danger when concentrated in seafood, the group, which counts 1,860 marine scientists as its members, said yesterday.
    “Depending on the species, fish have been known to accumulate as much as 100 times the amount of pollutants in the environment,” Jota Kanda, a professor at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology specializing in marine environment, said by phone yesterday...more.

  3. NZ bloke gets eel stuck up jacksie
    —‘This has to be a first’, admits hospital insider—
    theregister.co.uk | 26th September 2012
    A New Zealand hospital refused to speculate last week on just how one patient managed to get an eel stuck up his backside.
    According to the New Zealand Herald, the unnamed bloke walked, or perhaps slithered, into Auckland City Hospital’s A&E department in need of an urgent jacksie eel extraction.
    A swift X-ray and scan confirmed an anguilline presence where the sun don’t shine, and docs were able to successfully remove the animalmore
    eel attack

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