Fugu (pufferfish fish) is one of the fish is highly toxic and even deadly. Although the risk is off, the food of fugu is one of the special foods in Japan. Even the wrapping of fish eggs is known as a very valuable food.
This fish, called fish pufferfish (most know him as mackerel) because of its ability to inflate its body. Kanji for writing the name of this fish, if translated literally means “river pig”. In the area of western Japan, fugu is called fuku which means “blowing out” or “happiness.” Is mentioned, there are about 40 species of fish caught and reared in Japan. Approximately 10,000 tons of fish in the consumption of each year. Shimonoseki, one of the city in Yamaguchi perfecture known as fugu city, is the largest supplier of fish.
There’s a saying in Japan’s ancient saying that “I will eat fugu, but I dont want to die.” The poison is very dangerous in this fish, it can even cause sudden death, so that only a licensed chefs can prepare the fish alone this. To get permission, you must have certain skills and knowledge about fugu. Each type of poisonous fugu has a different body part, so that this knowledge must be owned. Due to the tight regulation, the number of deaths can be reduced by very much. » Read more..