Let’s eat eel to survive the hot summer!“Doyo-no-ushi,” the day for eating eel

Doyo-ushi-no-hi is one of the seasonal customs of Japan. “Doyo” refers to the period of 18 days that Japan has 4 times a year. Japan used to count the dates by the twelve horary signs (ex. Rat, Ox, Tiger, ect. ). The Ox day is called “Doyo-no-ushi”, and because it overlaps the hottest summer season in Japan, the custom of eating eel to get stamina had begun.

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Enjoy some eel to recharge yourself during the dog days of summer!

Every year in July, you’ll commonly see eel on the menus of restaurants, because in Japan, eating nutritious eel during the hot sultry time of the year helps increase stamina and revitalizes the body.
“Doyo no ushi”, or the day to eat eel, changes from year to year and is determined by the Japanese calendar. For the year 2014, the date was July 29th, and for 2015, the date is July 24th.
Gennai Hiraga, a popular scholar and Samurai, realized eel didn’t sell very well during the hot summers. He came up with the idea to advertise the food in restaurant storefronts. The idea worked very well and Gennai decided to dedicate a day to eating eel. It’s still uncertain how he decided what day the tradition was to fall on. There are many ways to enjoy eel including, grilled eel with a special sauce, a bowl of rice with eel topped with sauce, and simply grilling it and eating it plain.
Either way you choose, they are all equally delicious! Summer is already here so, please eat some eel to recharge yourself, so that you can fully enjoy the summer season!

Broiled eel

Every year in July you will commonly see eel on the menus of restaurants because in Japan, eating nutritious eel during the hot sultry time of the year helps increase stamina and revitalizes the body.
The “doyo no ushi” or the day to eat eel changes from year to year and is determined by the Japanese calendar. For the year 2014, the date is July 29th, and for 2015, the date is July 24th.
This year, it will be on the 24th of July and the 5th of August.

The day of “Doyo-no-ushi” is the day of eel! In the past, I couldn’t see myself eating eel, but now days I really crave it. This might be because of the smell of broiled eel, and with everyone talking about it, it reminds me of the sweet and spicy sauce.

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Why people eat eel on a hot day?

Gennai Hiraga, a popular scholar and Samurai who realized eel didn’t sell very well during the hot summers, came up with the idea to advertise the food in restaurant storefronts. The idea worked very well and and Gennai decided to dedicate a day for eating eel. It is still uncertain how he decided what day the tradition was to fall on. There are many ways to enjoy eel including grilled eel with special sauce, a bowl of eel and rice topped with sauce, and simply grilled and eating it plain.
Either way you choose, they are all equally delicious! Summer is already here so, please eat some eel to recharge yourself in order to enjoy the summer season much more!

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Hitsumabushi

There are a variety of eel cuisines. Which do you prefer?

There are many ways to eat eel such as, “Siroyaki” and “Don-buri” style. Nagoya’s specialty, “Hitsumabushi” is very famous. “Umaki”, an eel omelet is really tasty too!

On a hot day, the heat will likely exhaust you. Eat a lot of eel and survive the summer… not only on Doyo-no-ushi day, but also throughout the summer season.

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