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Silver-skinned fish

Japanese sardine (Iwashi)
Japanese sardine (Iwashi)

Japanese sardine (Iwashi)

What is Iwashi?
The spot lined sardine are often used as sushi ingredients. Around the time of rainy season, the sardines becomes fattier and tastier. Its flesh melts in the mouth and could be a good treat for sushi lovers. Tastes really good when eaten with refreshing grated ginger and minced green onions. The sardines called koba refers to the fish of 10 cm, chuba for 15 cm and oba for bigger than 20 cm. The chuba sardines caught during the rainy season are considered as the most exquisite.

Also called Japanese pilchard or Spotlined sardine or True sardine.

Main production area

Chiba Shizuoka Aomori

Famous production area



Early summer