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Bluefin Tuna (Maguro) Story | Sea to Sushi Shop ★ ONLY in JAPAN


I’m in Ōma, Aomori Prefecture, and I’ve come here for one reason in particular Maguro, a lot of people say that this is the center of the Moguro world here in Aomori has some of the best anywhere And I’ve come here to find out – how good is it? At the luggage carousel in Aomori Airport, I was greeted with a welcome sign written on a tuna Yeah, Hon-Maguro is big here Ōma is famous throughout Japan for having the top bluefin tuna, and you can see the city’s love and respect for Hon-Maguro just about everywhere This deco truck at the dock transports Ōma’s Hon-Maguro to Tsukiji market the drivers love for the fish painted all around the exterior Ōma is located in Aomori prefecture on the very top of Honshu Japan’s main island The Tsugaru straight between Hokkaido and Aomori is where the bluefin tuna swim from the Pacific to the Sea of Japan the best season from autumn to New Year Ōma’s right at the tip with easy access to the sea The port town has a lot of small fishing vessels that towns populations surrounding it I got the chance to go out in a fishing boat and watch the other fisherman hunt Maguro But first I had to prepare for the rough seas ahead The captain gave us a quick explanation before boarding the boat has large lights on it to catch squid at night But doubles up as a model boat in season The winds picked up quickly as we made our way out to see The ride got quite bumpy at times swaying a couple of meters from side to side there was a feeling of urgency on this hunt getting out there quickly with other fishermen trying to catch a bluefin tuna the competitive spirit was in the air You can see large schools of Maguro on radar and many fishermen start the hunt when they find that zone So, the Maguro watching is started I don’t see any Maguro and I’m not sure how you would know unless the captain tells you over there But the sea is pretty rough. It’s about one or two meters sized waves may be higher But that just makes it all the more fun In Aomori it is customary to battle the bluefin tuna with line and pole Bluefin tuna here can weigh between 200 and 300 kilograms and the fight between fishermen and fish is real When you catch one it really is a reason to celebrate Once an Ōma Hon-Maguro are sold for as much as one hundred and fifty five point four million. Yen, or one point four million dollars This restaurant in Ōma is called Oh-manzoku, and the place where I had my first Hon-Maguro of the day After the fish is caught it has to be transported to Tsukiji market in Tokyo where it’s auctioned Omanzoku has to buy the fish there and transport it back The restaurant buys three to four Ōma Hon-Maguro for a week on average Not only is this model valuable it weighs over 200 kilograms 440 pounds it’s carefully moved to the cutting table When one comes in restaurant donor Takeuchi-san can put on the bluefin tuna carving show But what makes Ōma’s Hon-Maguro so popular and delicious ? At Tsukiji market bitters check the Maguro for its fattiness and consistency Ōma Hon-Maguro is Consistently the best because in the Tsugaru straights They eat a lot of squid and fatty saury or mackerel pike by the time They get to Ōma their meat has a wonderful fat consistency and taste Back in Ōma the tuna is inspected carefully and then prepped for carving Takeuchi-san puts on a show every time a Maguro comes in Tourists come from all over Japan and the world to watch him cut up a tuna that can cost as much as a car He uses a variety of knives and saws each has its own job to do on a certain part of the tuna The audience claps at certain times knowing the job of carving the tuna is far from easy Takeuchi-san has been doing this for years the motions done on instinct This is Akami (red meat) That’s right! listen up! Here are the three Hon-Maguro cuts you need to know Akami is the lean red meat taken from the fin Chutoro is from the middle belly with higher fat content Ōtoro is from the lower belly and the pinkest from the high fat content Yeah, this is going to melt in your mouth and since there’s not much of it. It’s expensive You can get all three in the restaurant. It’s open 365 days a year Look at that Ōtoro. I also love Akami too. Different consistency different taste so this is it This is the motto that he was cutting up in the front of the shop just a few minutes ago and now here, it is on my plate and I’m just looking at the one right in front of me This is Ōtoro and Chutoro and Akami, and the Ōtoro, it’s just so beautiful look at that This is the fatty piece of tuna I feel good. It’s so tender, so soft. You don’t even have to chew it just it melts in your mouth Let’s talk with the owner Takeuchi-san about what makes Ōma tuna so great There are many reasons why Ōma’s tuna is so great, in particular, Ōma’s Maguro eats a lot of live squids Just having catched, tuna doesn’t distribute the fat evenly in the whole body Even fat distribution in the body takes about two or three days For exaplme, if a tuna is caught today, it would be packed in the box tomorro morning and send to Tokyo when arrived at Tsukiji, the tuna is to bring under the hammer and the brokers buy the tuna, and sells it to a restaurant owner for example. so that, Tokyoites can eat the Ōma’s Maguro around three days after being caught at the earliest So that tuna makes a long round trip to Tokyo in fact But why? Ōma’s fishermen are not willing to sell the Tuna to me It’s okay I can’t do that here in Ōma so my son took my boat from me. That may be jokingly true But Takeuch-san’s victories can be seen in the photos around the restaurant And the Ōma labels from Hon-maguro bought in Tsukiji served the customers are proudly displayed on the wall But we’re not done eating I hopped across town to another restaurant This is Hama Sushi and they take full advantage of the town’s Hon-Maguro The Sushi, Sashimi and Kaisen-don are all great, but I’m here for a full seven-course Maguro meal This is the full course it’s a really big meal as you can see Everything is Maguro it comes from the Maguro of the tuna all of it local here from Ōma a lot of it I’ve never seen before which makes it very very exotic and extremely unique. I can’t wait to dig into this I don’t even know where to start A boiling pot of something definitely from Maguro, but why? Most of this won’t suit everybody’s palate, but this is Maguro Sushi and something we all know The full course will set you back over 7,000 yen or about $70 But it’s the best way to get the full scope of Maguro cuisine in Ōma So there you have it Japan’s most famous Maguro and Ōma Aomori you come here for the experience the love for the sea and fish Almost culture is surrounded by the bluefin tuna and if you’re a fan of Maguro and eating the best Sushi around It’s a must visit destination for foodies and adventure seekers with big stomachs Itadakimasu Next time I head to Gunma Prefecture to visit the Tomioka silk mill Have you ever wondered why Japan is so high-tech with machinery and electronics Well it all started here, and it was the silk industry that started Japan’s economic surge If you liked it hit that subscribe button and check out another one of our shows Don’t miss my second live streaming channel ONLY in JAPAN GO and check out location photos on Instagram Matane!

100 Comments

AsHalt

Sep 9, 2017, 10:31 am Reply

Thanks for including a disclaimer in the description, but it's like no one will see it.

From the description:

" NOTE about Bluefin Tuna overfishing / endangered status:
I was concerned about this but what I learned is that the maguro here are not net fished by big boats. They are pole and string caught meaning local fisherman don't catch more than a few at a time.
Please take note that Aomori prefecture has laws in place and although other prefecture have different laws, the fisherman of Ōma have a profound deal of respect for the hon-maguro. Despite what you hear in the news, I did not see any kind of abuse. I personally do not eat much maguro because of the news, and any maguro that is too cheap has most likely come from larger ships over fishing an area and of low quality. Oma's fishing practice is the opposite, it's reputation important to the city. * I felt it important to include this. "

so phen

Dec 12, 2018, 1:15 pm Reply

I like Japan

Ryoko007

Dec 12, 2018, 5:23 pm Reply

Hi John, how much does it cost for you to go to all these outings?

bare nekid

Dec 12, 2018, 12:26 am Reply

Unbelievable.. Raping the oceans at an industrial …. so some Pig can eat Tuna sushi. Best hurry up and Eat.. there will be Zero of these magnificent fish left in 20 years

Jim Marcum

Dec 12, 2018, 5:32 am Reply

do very many Americans live in Japan, I'm very interested in that country, I like all I hear about it and it's lovely people.

dan italia

Dec 12, 2018, 6:55 pm Reply

lets hope these fish are not radioative..

深川恋太郎

Dec 12, 2018, 9:20 am Reply

いいマグロは築地に行っちゃうから、大間マグロはクズみたいなやつか、または築地から仕入れた高いやつだよ。大間で食べると高いから町のスーパーで買った方が良い。

su zu

Dec 12, 2018, 2:11 am Reply

大間のマグロは冷凍されません。
画像では築地の冷凍マグロの競り前の様子が流れていました。

異なる肉質・味を楽しめます・・とありますが、赤味は香りでしょ
こいつにはわからんのやろ・・・

浜寿司さんはええな~

最後に蚕かい・・・w

Oleg Nikitenko

Dec 12, 2018, 7:07 am Reply

I buy my fish here @t

Karthig1987

Dec 12, 2018, 7:36 pm Reply

70 bucks for 7 courses to experience a local specialty sounds alright actually

Edu Ov

Dec 12, 2018, 12:38 pm Reply

3:01 It's "mano a mano"

Jose Martinez

Dec 12, 2018, 8:38 pm Reply

The Japanese are fishing out the entire ocean.

FENRIR-ART

Dec 12, 2018, 9:08 am Reply

Put the T next to Otoro. 😉

Amanda Zhou

Dec 12, 2018, 6:55 am Reply

Maybe start having akami?

Clark Superman

Dec 12, 2018, 2:20 pm Reply

sarap gawing kilawin.p

samsaha6560

Dec 12, 2018, 8:57 am Reply

So much overfishing.. humans the enemy of nature

Smug Smugly

Dec 12, 2018, 6:26 pm Reply

I was in Matamoros Mexico and had Chicken fried cat once. It was really delicious !

titanicwhiz

Dec 12, 2018, 5:47 am Reply

LBS

claudio cucinotta

Jan 1, 2019, 9:02 am Reply

Why bluefin if they were yellow fin?

Nordic Blood84

Jan 1, 2019, 2:01 am Reply

Thank you for the education… for the longest time i thought Ooma is a phone company?

Emerald Justice

Jan 1, 2019, 8:57 am Reply

I love this adventure : )

Orange Marmalade

Jan 1, 2019, 1:57 pm Reply

a single maguro can sell up to 1.4m dollars for real?

Addixion05

Jan 1, 2019, 8:17 pm Reply

stop killing bluefin tuna

Bammer2001

Jan 1, 2019, 11:26 pm Reply

Recently, there was a LinkedIn article saying a bluefin tuna somewhere in Japan was sold for $4 million US.

Chon K

Jan 1, 2019, 8:51 pm Reply

Sea of Japan?….Really. NOT!!! EAST SEA!!!!!!!

D.J.S.

Jan 1, 2019, 5:38 pm Reply

ILLEGAL WORLDWIDE TO FISH BLUEFIN TUNA.
THESE SCUM SHOULD BE LOCKED UP.

S K

Jan 1, 2019, 2:54 am Reply

Anybody else cringe a bit when he was cutting up the fish? I'm no expert when it comes to breaking down a tuna, but others I've seen broken down have been done so with nothing but traditional tuna knives called maguro bōchō. Didn't see a single one and even caught a glimpse of a foldable serrated saw normally used for sawing branches. The claim was that he's done this quite a bit, but it seemed like he was handling that beauty of a fish a bit rough overall. Respectful handlers will do just that…handle a fish respectfully no matter how many times they've done it. This dude seems to just want to attract as many people as possible to his business using the stature of the fish as a selling point via giving the crowd a neat visual.

cop con

Jan 1, 2019, 8:08 am Reply

9:03 so great that you blur out all the customers. Many food youtubers just show them, and for sure without their consents!

precociousness Chef Nhoj godlover

Jan 1, 2019, 5:21 pm Reply

1.4 million US dollars? or Japanese concurrency?

Babsy Babsy

Jan 1, 2019, 1:31 pm Reply

No need to go to japan..??

Jörg von Frundsberg

Jan 1, 2019, 6:47 am Reply

I admire Japanese culture! Everything is beautiful and orderly!

headstandmacho

Feb 2, 2019, 7:14 am Reply

nice watching..

Howard

Feb 2, 2019, 1:09 pm Reply

I love your shows so much, everyone is like a treat for me. Thankyou:)

Jack CHEN

Feb 2, 2019, 6:29 am Reply

Awesome!

Jack Mechak

Feb 2, 2019, 1:06 am Reply

Japanese fisherman rape of the ocean

Michael

Mar 3, 2019, 5:37 pm Reply

Glorifying a culture that is raping the world's oceans and endangered species is a great way to make a living. Look the other way and pretend it's not happening. You are as guilty as they are!

Mike Barton

Mar 3, 2019, 5:29 am Reply

Totally unsustainable. 🙁

Irrespective of the provisions on the disclaimer. What are we doing to our fisheries??

Mind you compare the impact of those in the video to the industrial scale pillagers. Particularly those of Russia, Japan and China.

Interesting video though.

Anna C. Sahlstrom

Mar 3, 2019, 1:00 pm Reply

I really loved this video and learning about the tuna in Oma. The fish are gorgeous!

The Mighty Spoon

Mar 3, 2019, 1:00 am Reply

Hopefully they don’t go extinct

Mancing Liar Balikpapan

Mar 3, 2019, 10:23 am Reply

i love maguro

Rockerboy

Mar 3, 2019, 7:47 pm Reply

Poor fish

Raul rangel

Mar 3, 2019, 3:36 am Reply

they sell for so much because there are barely any left..

Charrpatti Warrior

Mar 3, 2019, 12:42 pm Reply

7,000 yen? I will whack that for bluefin tuna any day! ?

sar buck3

Apr 4, 2019, 9:39 am Reply

Thanks!

bruce wightman

Apr 4, 2019, 4:40 pm Reply

sorry im not a raw fish eater tried it puked thats why man developed fire lol

てきとう

Apr 4, 2019, 1:42 pm Reply

maguro crab ? Japanese Dream

Dr Victor Fursov – Entomologist Beekeeper Teacher

May 5, 2019, 4:34 pm Reply

Thank you for interesting story. Some Japanese fans of food are extremely funny in spending very good money …. just for sea food and sushi. So, they are rich, this is a good reason, I guess so. Despite, I am not sure, if all sushi are safe for your health. But how about travels? Do you like the idea to travel to Ukraine? Welcome and see you in Kiev!

Miche Y

May 5, 2019, 4:44 pm Reply

I'm curious about the quality of the water where the fish are caught . …

Bruce Wayne

May 5, 2019, 10:54 am Reply

Thanks for eating them to almost extinction you idiots 🙂

Pam Bd

May 5, 2019, 10:12 am Reply

U look like man of steel

Chai Teck Yong

May 5, 2019, 1:10 pm Reply

Lol, cutting with a half gold Rolex.

Susanna Billson

May 5, 2019, 11:14 pm Reply

Japanese dishes is pure & organics ?✌?

Sona Hajra

May 5, 2019, 1:48 am Reply

How come eat raw fish..completly unhygynic..morons

jack daniels

May 5, 2019, 4:06 pm Reply

I do have great respect for the Japanese people .. but.. eating raw meat and raw fish is absolutely disgusting and revolting.. only bears, wolves and hyenas eat raw flesh.. great and sophisticated civilisations e.g. Egyptians, Greeks, Persians never, even today, eat raw flesh.. is a sign of barbarism..

Miroff Jack

May 5, 2019, 10:08 pm Reply

it`s raw.

Eliahu Green

May 5, 2019, 1:18 pm Reply

Man we understood that the name of blue fin is “magaro” and that you LUV to spell it

Estelle M

May 5, 2019, 2:39 pm Reply

It’s HUUUUGE oh my fish!!!? no wonder it’s so expensive; quality, care and taste.

SukaBeda

May 5, 2019, 1:41 pm Reply

interesting! salam suka beda from Indonesia

David Strout

May 5, 2019, 7:03 pm Reply

I catch bft I need a contact in Japan mark because these buyer companies are robbing us blind.

gamer 122

May 5, 2019, 3:46 pm Reply

Blue Fin Tuna!

Me : But the color of the fin is yellow? Whaa?

ziad ajam

May 5, 2019, 2:41 am Reply

Why tf am I watching this while fasting ??‍♂️

Dmac 740

May 5, 2019, 3:36 am Reply

So good so tender melts in your ? now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

wenhao li

May 5, 2019, 9:29 am Reply

The sad truth that I found recently, is that most of the blue fin tuna is imported from Australia, and even worse, they are manually fed to size after caught from the wild. They grow faster than pig……no more otoro next time in Japan. The price here in Australia is 19 dollars per kilo.

WimpyKid15

May 5, 2019, 12:47 am Reply

To USD,it is not that expensive

Yêu & Yêu

May 5, 2019, 10:47 pm Reply

Beautiful tuna.

SuperDunkerJyun

May 5, 2019, 5:59 pm Reply

huge respect for the fishermen for using pole and not some nets

Brian A Heise, MD

May 5, 2019, 9:15 pm Reply

i occasoinally get prime fillet on sale far 15/lb usd and it could not be better. a light sear and low fry heat with garlic and olive oil. sometimes i stuff it with parmesian , garlic, green onions etc and put in the oven to finish off. but those prices are bs. i would never travel for food. its best to eat local.

K H

May 5, 2019, 6:19 am Reply

Why does he remind me of karate kid?

ashraf a

Jun 6, 2019, 9:45 am Reply

Vary nice

pankaj kumar

Jun 6, 2019, 3:25 pm Reply

What is meant by cooking the food before eating ???????????

blinkinbaboonbiskit

Jun 6, 2019, 12:01 am Reply

chutoro! otoro!!

Dumb Comment

Jun 6, 2019, 10:05 am Reply

Raw meat should not be eaten
However, IT'S JUST TOO GOOD!!!!

James Galam

Jun 6, 2019, 5:52 am Reply

this vid makes me too hungry to the point where I eat too much and my stomach hurts because I will only be satisfied if I eat that

mruhuji

Jun 6, 2019, 9:16 am Reply

U look like Daniel san from karate kid..

343plus

Jul 7, 2019, 1:44 pm Reply

hey daniel san

HAYLIEE RHEINHARDT

Jul 7, 2019, 6:35 am Reply

Never ever take an old man ship away from him, especially his son who took his ship away from him. His son must not be surprised if one day his father buy a submarine and hunt him down after being pressured by the visitors who keep asking him on why he didnt catch the tuna himself thousand times non stop.

Ben Troy

Jul 7, 2019, 7:24 am Reply

dumps up!nice documemtary

North Indian

Jul 7, 2019, 10:17 am Reply

Beautiful video ??
But eating raw fish can give you parasites unless freeze treated at minus forty degrees for many hours

さかのり44ちゃんねる

Jul 7, 2019, 8:54 pm Reply

Nice to meet you, I have eaten the tuna of Oma It was very delicious Please come to see if the video is also good

Paman Thanos

Jul 7, 2019, 1:21 am Reply

maguroooo

Rj Billiones

Jul 7, 2019, 2:26 pm Reply

Kori wa oiishidesu????

Wilzon Manuel

Jul 7, 2019, 1:18 pm Reply

I like it super super liked it!!!…its my pleasure to taste that kind of food:-)

Auchus Pauchus

Jul 7, 2019, 10:10 pm Reply

Talk about authentic Japanese cuisine. Uuuummmmmmm.

Johnny Dang

Aug 8, 2019, 2:08 am Reply

Rolex ?

SLPC

Aug 8, 2019, 7:53 am Reply

9:40 you scared those japanese girls behind you ?

jay remember

Aug 8, 2019, 11:52 pm Reply

9:40
the girls in the back: o_O

Encription Garnib

Aug 8, 2019, 6:22 pm Reply

I hope this man dies he’s just yelling in a restaurant and people are staring at him I hope he gets deported from japan

World Fish Cutting

Aug 8, 2019, 3:26 pm Reply

Thank you for the introduction of Japanese culture.

Ryan Lee

Aug 8, 2019, 8:04 am Reply

The one and only country that i want to visit ??

George Nock

Aug 8, 2019, 8:52 pm Reply

A peter barakan you are not

Jupiter’s Godzilla

Sep 9, 2019, 12:19 am Reply

To think in Pinocchio and Japeto we’re sitting on good mine when they were swallowed by Monstro since they fish the whale swallowed were mostly ole big fin tuna

Fly Oz

Sep 9, 2019, 11:15 pm Reply

You are very rude speaking so loudly in the sushi restaurant did you not notice how you upset the other diners????????

Nicky Shamrock

Sep 9, 2019, 3:01 am Reply

The tuna at 4 minutes is no where near 400 pounds. Sensationalism and fake news.

津波うま味

Sep 9, 2019, 3:33 am Reply

Why this guy never removes his hat when he eats ?? So indecent

Zalifah Juliana

Sep 9, 2019, 2:17 pm Reply

Wanna be there …

VINCE SANITY

Sep 9, 2019, 7:57 am Reply

Why they eating it raw? Is it disgusting to eat? Sorry ididn't try that before

meme meme

Sep 9, 2019, 11:30 am Reply

5:39 is it just me or is it not blue

yogesh yogesh.t

Oct 10, 2019, 6:09 am Reply

They eat that raw that's why i hate Japanese and Chinese..they can eat human pow

Maniac536

Oct 10, 2019, 2:50 am Reply

3:18 that fish is bigger than me!

Muhamad Puji Anugerah

Oct 10, 2019, 3:17 pm Reply

It's so clean. .amazing

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