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For soak's sake: Winter delicacy puffer fish fins dry in western Japan sun

Puffer fish fins are seen drying in the sun and wind along the Kanmon Strait in the western Japan city of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Dec. 4, 2019. (Mainichi/Takashi Kamiiriki)

SHIMONOSEKI, Yamaguchi -- Puffer fish fins, a popular winter food for dipping in hot sake, have recently been drying in the sun at fish markets here in western Japan.

Along a roadside facing the Kanmon Strait, about 2,000 puffer fins were seen arranged on sheets of plywood on Dec. 4 to dry in the cold winds from the sea.

Puffer fins are dried in the sun for three or four days after being soaked in water for several days to remove slime, according to an intermediate wholesaler at the local Karato Market.

(Japanese original by Takashi Kamiiriki, Kyushu Photo Department)

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