5 Best Fish in Season! Autumnal Fishy Feasts in Japan

Oct 29, 2018

Do you know what fish are in season in autumn in Japan?

People love to eat fish in Japan, and they are generally very good for your health. Fish contains lots of DHA and EPA, essential nutrients to stay healthy. It has also been said that DHA makes you smarter, so people in Japan often recommend children to eat fish.

It is traditional to eat fish in Japan, said that people in Japan started to eat fish more than 10,000 years ago. And until recently consumption of fish was higher than meat. There are many kinds of fish eaten in Japan, and this article introduces 5 fish in season in autumn in Japan.


1. Sweetfish


These fish live in rivers and are eaten from June to December.
If you try it in autumn, you can enjoy the popping texture of its eggs. It is, however, can find one with fish eggs. Although it is less oily compared to fish caught in  summer,

The most common way to eat it is grilled with salt, very tasty.
It contains a large amount of Vitamin A and Vitamin B12, and it is said that you are able to cover the necessary amount of Vitamin B12 for one day by eating just one sweetfish.


2. Bonito


This fish is in season twice a year in spring and autumn in Japan.
Compared to spring, Bonito caught in autumn is much more oily and tasty as the fish eat a lot in summer and grow larger.

Bonito not only contains a lot of DHA and EPA but is very low in calories!


3. Tuna


Tuna is very tasty in autumn because of its abundant fat stores, full in preparation for winter.  It is mainly eaten raw, and it is one of the most popular fish for sushi in Japan. It is said that the amount of consumption of tuna in Japan is 30 percent of the worldwide consumption. We sure love tuna in Japan!

There is a very long history of eating tuna in Japan, and it’s said that we started to eat it about 5000 years ago. You can try it in all sushi restaurants in Japan.


4. Pacific Saury


It is the most popular fish eaten in autumn in Japan, and most people enjoy eating it seasonally. The most common way of preparing it is grilled with a little salt.

It contains a plentiful amount of nutrients, such as Vitamin A, Vitamin D, calcium, and iron, as well as DHA and EPA. It is generally eaten with grated radish, a great source of Vitamin C!


5. Flatfish


There are many kinds of flatfish, and some of them are in season in autumn. Flatfish contains little fat and is a great source of protein.
Therefore, it is very healthy and excellent for people who want to slim down. There are different ways to enjoy it, but I recommend you try  boiling it with soy sauce and sugar.


In conclusion, fish contain a plentiful amount of nutrients, and is very good for your health. People in Japan have been eating fish for centuries and there are many varieties you can enjoy.

Especially, there are 5 popular fish eaten in Japan in autumn which contain DHA and EPA,  nutrients that are thought to help make us smarter. Having fish is also healthy and is low calorie but high in nutrients such as Vitamins and calcium.

Why don’t you try out these fish and become healthier in Japan?

Aika Kaise / Japan



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