Itoshima Oyster Hut Season Starts!

Today, Oct. 24, Fukuoka staff and friends participated in the pre-opening event for the oyster huts in Kishi, Itoshima. The oysters of Itoshima are well known for their delicious milky flavor, and this year’s harvest promises to be one of the best in memory. According to the fishermen this year’s heavy rains have brought lots of nutrients to the shellfish, making them larger and tastier than average. But then they said only the oysters themselves know why!

We caught a boat out to the rafts where the oysters are pulled up. In spring, empty shells with baby oysters are tied to ropes and hung from rafts. In later October the oysters will have become large enough to harvest. They continue to grow until the end of March. The season opens on Oct. 25 – enjoy!

Each year Fukuoka Now compiles a comprehensive guide to most of the oyster huts in Itoshima. Everything from how to eat them to where the huts are. We’ve yet to update it for this season, but most of the information will still be quite accurate. If in doubt, call before going. We’ll update it by mid-November. Fukuoka Now’s Oyster Hut – Kakigoya – Guide: http://fukuoka-now.com/2013/12/kakigoya-oyster-hut-guide-2013/

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Taking the boat out to the rafts,

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Hauling in a load

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Thi!s year’s oysters are LARGE

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More rafts

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The shells are cleaned up before brought to the tables.

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This place even has an English menu.

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Here’s a few kilos.

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On the gill

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Our table drew some attention from the media.

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Mmmmmmmm,,,, succulent!

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Pros at work

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Leaving satisfied and with bags of oysters to enjoy at home.

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