August is when fish that live in the warm seas of subtropical and temperate zones, such as “shima-aji” (striped jack), “hiramasa” (yellowtail amberjack), “kanpachi” (greater amberjack) become very delicious. Especially non-farmed shima-aji is highly valued, storing rich nutrients before the spawning season, often said to be the best of summer white fish.
“Shinko” (baby konoshiro gizzard shad) which had been in the spotlight until last month is now gone while “koika” (baby Japanese spineless cuttlefish) appears in the scene, which has long been one of Tokyoites’ favorite sushi ingredients for their love of “the first of the season”.
Also this season, “maguro” (tuna) fishing begins in Oma in Aomori Prefecture, an area so famous for maguro that it has become a well-known brand. Still not yet fatty enough due to high water temperature but you can enjoy light taste and fresh aroma.