Kagoshima Prefecture is located in the southern part of Japan and has a long history and unique food culture. One of them is torisashi, or raw chicken sashimi. In the Satsuma domain, torisashi has been eaten since the Edo period and is a familiar food for local residents.
Torisashi may seem like a dangerous food at first glance. However, in Kagoshima Prefecture, there are 'Sanitary Standards for Raw Poultry Meat for Eating'. Based on these standards, raw chicken for eating is managed in Kagoshima Prefecture, so you can eat torisashi with peace of mind. Note that similar hygiene standards are only in Kagoshima and Miyazaki nationwide, so it is not recommended to eat raw chicken purchased in other prefectures.
Torisashi is thinly sliced and generally eaten with soy sauce melted with ginger, garlic, wasabi, etc. With this, you can enjoy the sweetness and umami of chicken. Of course, it goes exceptionally well with sweet potato shochu.
Torisashi from a friend's restaurant. It's been a while since I ate torisashi.
Onigiri with rice cooked firm. The shape of the rice grains is clear and delicious.
Chicken (noun): A type of domesticated bird. It's a common source of protein in many cuisines worldwide.
Sweetness (noun): The quality of being sweet or sugary. It's one of the five basic tastes (along with sourness, bitterness, saltiness, and umami).
Umami (noun): A category of taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter), corresponding to the flavor of glutamates.
Torisashi (noun): A Japanese dish that consists of raw chicken sashimi. It's a specialty in certain regions of Japan, including Kagoshima.
Delicious (adjective): Highly pleasant to the taste.
Kagoshima (noun): A prefecture located in the Kyushu region of Japan. It's known for its active volcano, Sakurajima, and its unique food culture.
Japan (noun): An island country in East Asia, known for its rich culture and history.
Southern (adjective): Situated in the south or directed towards the south.
Location (noun): A particular place or position.
Long (adjective): Measuring a great distance from end to end.
History (noun): The study of past events, particularly in human affairs.
Unique (adjective): Being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else.
Food culture (noun): The practices, attitudes, and beliefs surrounding the production, distribution, and consumption of food.
Raw (adjective): (of food) not cooked.
Chicken meat (noun): The meat derived from chickens. It's a common source of protein in many cuisines worldwide.
Sashimi (noun): A Japanese delicacy consisting of fresh raw fish or meat sliced into thin pieces.
Satsuma (noun): A domain of Japan during the Edo period, it's located on the Satsuma Peninsula and Osumi Peninsula in present-day Kagoshima Prefecture.
Edo period (noun): A period in Japanese history which lasted from 1603 to 1868. It was characterized by economic growth, strict social order, and isolationist foreign policies.
Local (adjective): Belonging or relating to a particular area or neighborhood.
Residents (noun): People who live in a particular area.