Corona impact on puffer’s first auction the highest price is 5000 yen lower than the year-on-year Yamaguchi Shimonoseki

Corona impact on puffer’s first auction the highest price is 5000 yen lower than the year-on-year Yamaguchi Shimonoseki September 28 11:09

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The “first competition ceremony” was held in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture on August 28 to herald the arrival of the puffer season. The highest price is lower than last year, and market participants see it as the impact of the new coronavirus.

At the Minamikaze Night Market in Shimonoseki City, which handles the largest amount of tiger puffers in Japan, the “first auction ceremony” is held every year to herald the coming of the puffer season.

When the bell rang to tell the start of the competition at 3:20 a.m., the auctioneer and the middle-bye decided the price in a unique way called “fukuroze-rye” in which the contestors and middle-endees held each other’s fingers in a tubular bag, and fresh puffers were auctioned off one after another.

On the 28th, more than 3 tons of natural products from the offing of Yamaguchi Prefecture and the trough of farmed products were auctioned off, and all were auctioned off in about 10 minutes.

The highest price per kilometer is 20,000 yen, which is 5,000 yen cheaper than last year, and market participants believe that demand at restaurants and inns has decreased due to the Corona Virus virus.

Hiroshi Mihara, president of Shimonoseki Karato Fish Market, a wholesale company, said, “As the Go To campaign expands, we hope that people all over the country will eat the delicious puffer food of Shimonoseki.”

It is said that the puffers that have been auctioned off will be shipped mainly to Tokyo and Osaka.