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 “” in Kanji.
” means sweetfish in Japanese, but that means catfish in Chinese.  Japanese “” is different from Chinese ““, that is a ligature created with two Kanji “” and ““, literally fish and fortunetelling, which came from a folk tale.

Ayu, Sweetfish (Plecoglossus altivelis altivelis)
Ayu are yellow-fleshed.
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.

Ayu, Sweetfish (Plecoglossus altivelis altivelis)
Ayu, Sweetfish (Plecoglossus altivelis altivelis)
Ayu, Sweetfish (Plecoglossus altivelis altivelis)
Grilled "Ayu" Sweetfish

 

These are farmed Ayu.

We can discriminate that, because they have a rounded head and stocky body as compared to wild Ayu.

Even in farming, it is Ayu.  Grilled simply with salt is delicious!
Grilled "Ayu" Sweetfish
・Ayu
is a sweetfish (Plecoglossus altivelis altivelis).  鮎(あゆ) literally “fish fortune-telling”