Grilled “Ayu” Sweetfish
Japanese love “Ayu”, that is a representative summer fish.
Sweetfish (Plecoglossus altivelis altivelis) is called “Ayu” in Japanese and it is written “鮎” in Kanji.
“鮎” means sweetfish in Japanese, but that means catfish in Chinese. Japanese “鮎” is different from Chinese “鮎“, that is a ligature created with two Kanji “魚” and “占“, literally fish and fortune–telling, which came from a folk tale.
They are very territorial and recognize the yellow clearly. It is considered that they avoid the conflict with each other by their own yellow color.
The yellow spots of behind the pectoral fin and the chest are the symbol of Ayu that has his territory.
These are farmed Ayu.
We can discriminate that, because they have a rounded head and stocky body as compared to wild Ayu.
is a sweetfish (Plecoglossus altivelis altivelis). 鮎（あゆ） literally “fish fortune-telling”