What day is “Doyou no Ushinohi” ? Why eat eel?



There is a day called “Doyou no Ushinohi” in Japan, and there is a custom to eat eel on”Doyou no Ushinohi”.


For the Japanese people, the word “Doyou no Ushinohi” is familiar words, but what exactly is the day of “Doyou no Ushinohi” ?

And why do Japanese eat eel on that day?

What’s midsummer day of the ox?


First of all, “Doyou” means about 18 days just before the summer, the autumn, the winter, the early spring, and the day of the midday refers to the day of hitting the day of Ox, applying the zodiac sign.

It is once for each season, and generally refers to the day of ox, it is “a midsummer day of the ox”.

There is a custom to eat eels on the midsummer day of the ox, but there is no custom to eat eel in other seasons.


Why do Japanese eat eel on a midsummer day of the ox

Originally customized to eat nutritious items to survive the hot season is recited in the Japan’s oldest anthology of poems named Man-yo-shu.

However, it became a custom from about 1772 to 1788 that it began to eat eel on midsummer day of the ox.

In one opinion, eels with seasons in winter don’t become popular in the summer. An unagi shop consulted with Hiraga Gennai who invented Electricity Telescope and it is a fact that the eels bloomed by sticking a paper called “today’s Ox day” at the shop front.

Will not eat eels on a midsummer day of the ox?

On a midsummer day of the ox, Japanese eel has been used traditionally.

It is not an eel that could be found in Japan, it is an eel which is a species of Japanese eel and also in China and Taiwan.

However, because of the significant decrease in the marine environment, the habitat deterioration, excessive catch, etc., on June 12, 2014, UCN (International Conservation Union for Nature) announced that “endangered species highly at risk of extinction” It was specified.

There is no legal restraint that you should not eat, so you can not be punished even if you eat it, but there is a possibility that Japanese eel will disappear from the table.


Efforts for us to eat eels on midsummer day Ox

Despite being designated as an endangered species, the Mainichi newspaper article on June 4, 2018 has the following statement.


Greenpeace Japan (GPJ), the international environmental NGO, said on Wednesday that the kaiba of Japanese eel, an endangered species that was abandoned without being sold to consumers in 2017, will be at least 2.7 tons, I announced. It is said to be equivalent to 13,650 eels. The GPJ says, “It is not only a mass sale of endangered species but it is a problem to be thrown away without being consumed.”


As far as not only the Japanese eel eels, unless we reconsider the mechanism of “being thrown away in vain”, other creatures will be extinct.

There is the word “mottainai” in Japanese, but I think that efforts to eliminate waste are necessary for each individual to be conscious of the word “mottainai” without leaving it to the government.


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