Title: How to explain fish name in English
have a chance to dine with foreigners. In such case, we need to explain fish names in English.
Most common fish served at restaurants are Tuna, Sea bream, Squid, Octopus, and Salmon.
Eel and Conger are also popular dishes these days. They are
so easily recognizable, and it is no need to explain.
However, the situation is little bit hard, when
the "SYUSSE UO (出世魚)" in Japanese are served.
"SYUSSE (出世)" means
the carrier advancement in society and "UO (魚)”means the fish.
The name changes according to their body size
, while they are grow n. In this category, there are two famous fish es.
They are "BURI (ブリ) " and "BORA (ボラ) "
English name is yellowtail.
In English there are no counterparts for YAZU (ヤズ)
One way is to use the word "young".
So, we explain "HAMACHI (ハマチ)" as "Younger yellowtail" and
explain "YAZU (ヤズ)" as "Youngest yellowtail".
Note: Japanese namehere
is used commonly in Hiroshima area.
I guess that
the foreign er guest do es not mind he difference, and they just want to eat delicious food.
it is the kind of Japanese culture way of thinking. I think this is a good opportunity to explain the background of this custom.
Until EDO period,
among samurai or noticeable scholar, there were custom o change thename on occasion of some social event such as being age of12 to 18or status promotion. This custom is recognized as “SYUSSE(出世)”.
We eat “BURI(ブり)”
during the New Year days. In Kanto area, when the 100 days have passed after baby birth , “BORA(ボラ)” is served to celebrate their healthy growth.
misunderstand “TODO(トド)” as sea lion , kind of seal. It is not correct. “TODO(トド)” in this sentence is final name of “BORA(ボラ)”.
The meaning to express that cannot go further because
the “TODO(トド)” is the final name for “BORA(ボラ)”.
To learn not only
the fish names but also the culture and background is fun and stimulating.