A Day in the Life Of a Niseko Seafood Restauranteur

Another night at the helm of Ezo Seafoods (photo courtesy of food blogger "foodiesinhk")



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Spanish Seafood Tour 2012

Seeking fresh inspiration for our menu and eager to learn more about the world of seafood, this summer we embarked on a 1-month "seafood study" tour of Spain. We traveled far and wide, trying dozens of different seafood dishes, visiting seafood markets everywhere we went, and finally undertaking a 4-day tapas course that included – of course – seafood tapas.

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2012 Niseko Season - Thanks "True Believers"

We finally finished up for this season on April 8th, trading a total of 99 days. It was another crazy season. 'Crazy' for all of the chaotic nights trying to keep sixty or more seafood lovers satisfied; 'crazy' for the lengths that we went to to offer customers fresh seafood every day; and of course 'crazy' for the amount of snow that fell – over 20 meters this season! It was an exhausting yet exhilarating season. Thanks so much to everyone – our patrons, the Niseko ski holiday companies*, and our staff -- for your great support.


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Shiretoko Seafood Mission

Dear Ezo Seafoods patrons,

Thanks very much to those of you who managed to get into Ezo Seafoods this Summer -- and to a hearty few who made it in more than once. With summer and also a recent seafood mission to Hidaka and Shiretoko under my belt, I thought it was time for a few updates.


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Japanese seafood -- how safe? (August update)

Niseko, Hokkaido. August 10, 2011. Five months have passed since the terrible March 11 Earthquake and Tsunami and subsequent radiation crisis at the Fukushima Read the rest of this entry »

How safe is Japanese Seafood?

Shortly after the well-documented dumping of radioactive tainted water into the Pacific Ocean on March 20th, Japanese officials came out and said that ocean currents would quickly dilute the contaminants, and said there was no wider threat to the marine environment or public health from eating seafood. But after a species of fish called Konago (sand lance) tested negatively for the radioactive material Caesium on April 4th, the Japanese media and public went into a frenzy.

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Appeal from Niseko

Dear friends of Niseko,

As regulars to Niseko these past few years, I wanted to write and reassure you that Niseko and indeed Japan is very much “open for business” following the terrible Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11, and subsequent crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant, which is located on the separate island of Honshu over 600kms to the south east of Niseko.

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Government approves fishing outside 30km zone from Fukushima

Translation from Hokkaido Shinbun, May 9th.

On May 8th, the government’s nuclear disaster taskforce gave the go ahead for commercial fishing in Fukushima outside of the 30km exclusion zone around the Fukushima Number 1 Nuclear Reactor. The Ministry for Fisheries also notified fishing industry groups of approval to clear floating debris in the area. They requested people to avoid excessive exposure of skin to minimize any affect of radiation.

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Safety Testing for Migrational Fish to Commence from Mid May

Edited Translation of article that appeared in The Hokkaido Shimbun (May 7th, 2011)

On May 6th, The Ministry for Fisheries notified all Prefectural governments and commercial fishing organizations along the Pacific coastline of Japan that safety testing for migrational fish such as Sanma (Pacific Saury) and Katsuo (Bonito), amongst others, for radiation will be implemented on a weekly basis with the cooperation of industry groups in each Prefecture.

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Damaged Scallop Farmers in Hokkaido Apply for State Assistance

(translation of article that appeared in Hokkaido Shimbun on April 26th).

On April 25th, representatives from 6 Fishing Cooperatives and mayors from four towns that sustained heavy damage to scallop cultivation farms as a result of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami including Yakumo, Oshamambe, Shikabe and Mori, all located in the Watarijima area, visited the Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and applied to vice Minister Tsutsu Nobutaka for support in rebuilding scallop cultivation facilities in the area.

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