Foreign Group Promotes Japanese Food via Fishing, Farming

Society Lifestyle

Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Pref., Sept. 14 (Jiji Press)--A group of five foreign men, mostly of Japanese descent, has started work to communicate the attraction of Japanese culture such as "washoku" local cuisine through hands-on experiences in fishing and farming.

The quintet, aged 17 to 23, includes fashion models and actors who hail from Brazil or have a Japanese or American parent.

The group has named itself "Ase Bound," a reference to inbound visitors and the Japanese word "ase," or sweat, suggesting that the members work up sweat in experiencing Japanese culture.

In late August, the members took part in fixed-net fishing with cooperation from the fisheries cooperative of Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo. After their ship set sail late at night, they engaged in sorting out catches into species, such as mackerel, horse mackerel and barracuda.

After finishing up the work, they were served with sashimi at the port. "I didn't know fresh sashimi is so delicious," said one member who had avoided raw fish.

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