“Iki-iki Bakangai” – A Sushi Battle on Weekends & Holidays… Colorful Toppings Make It Difficult to Choose!

Starting from fresh seafood, Karato Market is a place where you can purchase local ingredients at reasonable prices. The market changes greatly every weekend (Friday thru Sunday) and during holidays!

That’s when Iki-iki Bakangai is held, an event where all 20 of the market’s shops bring out their best ingredients as sushi toppings. The colorful sushi lined up in the cases look almost like a cake buffet. You can buy the sushi at one kan (one piece) prices so you can try many flavors.

Shimonoseki’s famed puffer fish is a given, and as Shimonoseki was once a base for whaling there is also a variety of whale sushi available at this event.

The meat of the whale tail sushi that we tried this time is taken from between the whale’s dorsal fin and tail joint – an extra high-grade part that can trade at prices of JPY4000-5000 per 100 grams.

However, at this event, believe it or not, you can purchase one piece at a price of JPY300.
The marbled tail meat has a slightly bloody scent, and a flavor a bit similar to liver sashimi.

A mild, good flavor spreads within the mouth.

 

Shimonoseki’s famed puffer fish is a given, and as Shimonoseki was once a base for whaling there is also a variety of whale sushi available at this event.

The meat of the whale tail sushi that we tried this time is taken from between the whale’s dorsal fin and tail joint – an extra high-grade part that can trade at prices of JPY4000-5000 per 100 grams.

However, at this event, believe it or not, you can purchase one piece at a price of JPY300.
The marbled tail meat has a slightly bloody scent, and a flavor a bit similar to liver sashimi.

A mild, good flavor spreads within the mouth.

While freshly fried abalone steaks also stimulate the appetite, there is of course a variety of other sushi available such as horse mackerel, conger eel, sea urchin, sea bream and young Japanese amberjack.

Everything really looked so delicious, and before I realized I had bought all kinds of things. And because the rice under the sushi topping is a bit on the small side, I managed to eat a lot more than I thought I could.

According to Ms. Yachiyo Kawakami of Kawakami Shoten, one of the people who participated in launching the event, it was collectively decided that none of the sushi is to be left on the counter for more than 2½ hours to guarantee its freshness.

 

However, as people arrive one after another it makes me think that there was no need for that kind of agreement – the sushi is sold at a steady pace.

The ambience of a lively market is nice, isn’t it?

On clear days, we also recommend enjoying your sushi outdoors on the wood deck facing the ocean, or on the rooftop grass!

Oh… what luxury! The sushi was delicious, thank you for the meal!

 

Karato Market

Location: 5-50 Karato-cho Shimonoseki
TEL: 083-231-0001
Iki-iki Bakangai Event Hours & Days: Fridays & Saturdays 10.00-15.00, Sundays & Holidays 8.00-15.00
Access: 10 minutes by car from JR Shimonoseki station, around 30 minutes by car from JR Shinshimonoseki station, 15 minutes by car from Chugoku Expressway Shimonoseki Interchange
HP: http://www.karatoichiba.com (Japanese)

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