Japan is one of the countries where all seafood is extremely fresh. Seafood is also very fresh. It is rare that you can go into a European fish store and buy a fish that has just been caught 3 hours before.
In Japan, it is very normal to eat squid that is only a few hours old.
Squid is a kind of shellfish that must be extremely fresh otherwise it ca become gummy in consistency. In Japan, squid are eaten as much as salmon is eaten in Europe. It is freshly caught in abundant quantity.
Grilled squid as seen here in the picture is a popular way to eat squid. When grilled on low heat for several hours, it becomes completely buttery and full of flavor.
In Tokyo, there are food stalls that stand and grill freshly caught squid every day.
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