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A great oyster-producing district, Hinase

Oysters are now in season
Actually, Okayama is the third greatest oyster-producing prefecture in Japan. Besides, over 50 percent of Okayama’s oysters come from Hinase town, Bizen City.


So, why don’t we visit Hinase and taste oysters
From what I've heard, Hinase has a local specialty ‘kakioko’ and unique sweets with oysters.


It takes about an hour by car from the centre of Okayama City to Hinase town.
I recommend the way that go through ‘Okayama blue line’, and leave it at Bizen IC, then go through route 250
If you go there by train, take JR Ako line and get off at Hinase station


Hinase is a small fishing town facing the Seto Inland Sea, and various kinds of fishes are landed all the year round

First, we headed for a fish market ‘Gomi no ichi’ near the harbour.
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This market is popular among locals and tourists since it offers fresh seafood at reasonable price.


We came across a small shop which sells processed food.
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The shop manager was friendly and generous person
He let us taste most of them!
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They are tasty
My favorite is 'tsukudani (fish or shellfish which is boiled with sugar and soy sauce) ' and 'chikuwa (a grilled fish paste)'.


Here’s the market
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You can see many kinds of fishes that are caught in the morning
However, they were almost sold out since we arrived there around noon


(left) Oh, such a big 'hirame (flounder)'
(right) Those areshako (a giant clam)’. Hinase is famous for shako as well!
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It goes without saying, oysters are sold here
(right) We found abento (lunch box)’ which is packed with oysters
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If you feel hungry, don’t worry The market also has ready meal like those.
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At last, we found a local specialty… oyster ice cream
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The ice cream has deep fried oysters and soy sauce on it….
I don’t think it has an attractive appearance, but I’ll try

Well, I can’t explain the taste… it’s complicated  Anyway, please try once


Gomi no ichi
Address: 801-4 Hinase, Hinase town, Bizen City
Tel:0869-72-3655
Opening time: 9:00-17:00 (it’ll close when fishes are sold out)
Close: Tuesdays (opens in case it’s a holiday)
The market might be closed because of the cancellation of fishing
www.city.bizen.okayama.jp/kankou/guide/hinase/spot/hondo/gominoichi.jsp



By the way, there’s a factory next to the market.
Landed oysters are removed from their shells here

Oysters are sorted based on their size.
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(left) Workers are removing shells. They can do it very quickly
(right) Big oysters
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Next, we visited a building front of the market, ‘Uminoeki Shioji’.
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It has a barbecue site so that visitors can eat what they bought at the market such as fish and shellfish...It must be fun

It also has a seafood restaurant ‘Hinase donburi ya’ specializes in one-bowl meal with fresh seafood.


Shall we go inside and have a look at the shop
Oh, there’s a small pool
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Fresh shellfish are kept in the water, so you put them in the basket and bring them to the checkout on your own
This cram is huge It tastes good when it's grilled.


I bought those items.
Both of them are instant miso soup
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It’s easy to ready, just pour hot water and wait for few minutes
One is crab miso soup, and the other is oyster!

Ye, here’s a fish eater’s paradise
You can also feel the atmosphere of the town.

We are going to eat local specialty, ‘kakioko’ next
See you soon


Uminoeki Shioji

Address: 801-8 Hisanse, Hinase town, Bizan City
Tel:0869-72-2201
Opening time: 9:00-17:00 
                         10:00-15:00(Hinase donburi ya)
Close: obon, the end of the year and New Year’s holidays 
             Thursdays (Hinase donburi ya)
Price: a table charge for barbecue 1000yen / 90min
www.hinase.net/shioji.html




A:Gomi no ichi   B: Uminoeki Shioji





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