うな丼

19 Jul

今日は「土用の丑の日」 (Today is “The Day of The Ox“)…which is the day in summer that people eat ウナギ (freshwater eel). Usually the eel is prepared as 「うな丼」 (Eel on Rice).

The うな丼 that I ate today.

The うな丼 that I ate today.

Eating ウナギ (freshwater eel) in the summertime is said to give you stamina to stand the hot, humid days.

I wrote a post about 「土用の丑の日」 (“The Day of The Ox“) last year. Click here to read it.

We are eating 「うな丼」 (Eel on Rice) for dinner today.

It’s quite delicious!

Have you ever tried eel? ウナギ (Freshwater eel) is different from アナゴ (Saltwater eels).

ウナギ (Freshwater eel) is richer tasting and, in Japan, is usually prepared with a sweet sauce and eaten on rice. アナゴ (Saltwater eel) is the eel that is used on 寿司 (sushi), in Japan.

Both are good…but I think ウナギ (freshwater eel) is better.

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4 Responses to “うな丼”

  1. cuteandcurls July 19, 2009 at 7:35 pm #

    Day of Ox..interesting, maybe you might be able to provide me more information about the Japanese ummm thinking of the right word for this ..can I call it as geomancy or feng shui or something? Ive always been curious :-) My elder sister loves unagi and that is one thing I would never ever try ..I dont know why but I wont eat it :-D

    by the by I remember you mentioned about Japanese fonts / language is much easier read on Mozilla Firefox, well im usin Mozilla here but for some reason I cant see your Japanese characters :-( just square boxes.

    • tokyo5 July 20, 2009 at 10:56 am #

      It’s difficult to explain, but it’s called “Mid-summer Day of the Ox” from a Chinese calendar system.

      Maybe you know the Chinese zodiac with twelve animals and each year is named after an animal* on a rotating basis (*well, eleven animals and a dragon)…but it’s not only years, days are also assigned an animal too.

      And in Japan, on the day of the ox at the height of summer, people eat grilled freshwater eel.

      And I don’t know why you can’t see Japanese characters with Mozilla. I use a computer with a Japanese keyboard and Japanese language Windows.
      So, I’m not sure how to set the Japanese language on a computer that uses another language. It’s the default language on mine.
      Sorry.

  2. Lisa July 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm #

    I’ve never eated eel (yet!). It does not seem attractive at first, but your photo makes me want to eat some!

    • tokyo5 July 24, 2009 at 1:57 am #

      Thanks. Yeah, you should try it. It’s 美味しい (delicious)!

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