Funa-zushi in Lake Biwa
Nare-zushi or Nare-sushi refers to sushi made through processes
of mixing fish with salt and rice, preserving it for a long time and fermenting
it by the action of lactobacillus. Fishes used in the Nare-zushi
are Crucian carp and Pacific saury etc.; Crucian carps are Carassius
auratus subsp, C.a.cuvieri and C.a.grandoculis of which superior
value, in Lake Biwa.
Let's enjoy the Nare-zushi known as Funa-zushi. It has
a traditional taste like a strong cheese. Nare-zushi is rich with
cultural interest. Broad-leaved evergreen forests are found in a wide swath
running across the Asian continent, from the eastern edge of the Himalayas
to the South China Sea, including Taiwan, the Ryukyu Islands, the very southern
tip of the Korean Peninsula, and most of southern and western Japan. All
of these areas have one thing in common, the Nare-zushi culture.