Sun Drying of Moray Eels(Utsubo-no Tenpiboshi)


Winter tradition at Arita (Kushimoto Town)

The moray eels caught by fish traps are cut open along their backs, impaled through and kept open by bamboo sticks, and hung outside to dry. Scenes of these sliced moray eels swaying in cold winds are an intrinsic part of winter life in this region. These sun-dried moray eels are made into tsukudani (a preserved food boiled in a sweetened soy sauce) or used as an ingredient of sukiyaki.


Kushimoto Town
Arita, Kushimoto Town
Season / Time zone
Winter / Daytime
Weather conditions
Sunny Cloudy
Frequency of appearance
According to seasons


10 minutes’ walk from JR Kii-Arita Station

Recommended spot

JR Kushimoto Station > JR Koza Station