The Japanese Culture of Eating Fish

Japan: a country well known for its robotics, etiquette, karaoke, and of course, its food. And with its plethora of Michelin three-star restaurants, food is serious business in Japan. In fact, Japanese cuisine is one of the only three national food traditions that UNESCO, the U.N. cultural organisation recognises for its cultural significance. As an island nation, the Japanese take great pride in their seafood, which is a major part of their diet – with sushi and sashimi now widely sought after around the world.

Having been the leading providers of fish and seafood in Malta for over 30 years, Azzopardi Fisheries explores the Japanese fish-eating culture further.

Japanese people consume much more fish and seafood than is typical in most western countries, and a lifetime of eating tuna, salmon and other fish is believed to factor into their puzzlingly low rate of death by coronary heart disease. Research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology in 2008 suggests that the protection against clogged arteries comes from omega-3 fatty acids, found in an abundance in oily fish.

Nutritional studies show that the intake of omega-3 fatty acids from fish averages 1.3 grams per day in Japan, where locals typically eat about 3 ounces of fish daily – as compared to 0.2 grams in the USA. And although seafood is eaten in just about any form imaginable, the one most of us identify with must be sushi and sashimi.

So if you’re fishing for compliments from your guests or are looking for ways to stay healthy, you might want to start with the seafood-rich diet typically served up in Japan. Come over to Azzopardi Fisheries in St. Paul’s Bay, where we provide the broadest selection of fresh fish Malta has to offer, matched with great service!


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