When in season, we Japanese people visit fishing towns to eat Shirasu-don, baby-anchovy rice bowl

Shirasu(whitebait) is a baby anchovy that lives in the sea around Japan, mainly in the Pacific Ocean. Its fishing season runs from March through January since the fishing of shirasu is prohibited from February to April for natural resource conservation.

“Namashirasu-don”, a fresh baby-anchovy rice bowl

Shirasu is either served fresh(nama-shirasu), or boiled(kamaage-shirasu). Fresh Shirasu meat has a lively texture and the intestines offer a bitter flavor. Boiled, it has a softer texture and sweeter flavor. Each one has a special flavor, so try both when you have a chance to eat shirasu-don.

“Kamaage-shirasu-don”, a boiled baby anchovies rice bowl