Kurobane, in the northeast region of Tochigi, has been famous for its sweetfish for more than 300 years. Old-time riverside restaurants are set up in summer to serve tasty dishes. Sweetfish are 5-7cm long fish born in the rivers and which then go down to the sea in autumn, spend their time at the mouth of the river in winter, and then go upstream in the early spring. In Kurobane, yana, which is a trap made by wood and bamboo, is used to catch the sweetfish. Grilled fish and sashimi are the most popular dishes, and they are pretty tasty!
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。