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Thursday, 7th November 2013
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Snow crab season starts in Japan

If you're visiting Japan this winter, there is one delicacy you won't want to miss - Japanese Snow Crab.

Fishermen started hauling the first catch of the season in on Tuesday (November 5th), off the coast of the Fukui prefecture, where it was cleaned and auctioned off by Wednesday evening.

The crabs, also known as Echizen-gani or Echizen, are prized throughout the country for their tender meat and can be used in anything from hotpot dishes to sushi.

If the season goes well, the boats will be hauling in snow crabs until late March.

Those wishing to gain an insight into Japan's fishing industry are advised to show up at Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo to witness the tuna auctions and all manner of sea creatures being laid out for sale.

Proceedings get underway early, and activity peaks between 5:30am and 8am, but the freshest sushi in the world is more than worth getting out of bed for.

Written by Susan Ballion

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