An intoxicating tour of Japan’s deadly puffer fish capital
Kevin Pilley, for CNN
5 minute read
1:29 AM EDT, Fri April 4, 2014
Every plate a work of art —
"Fugu is served in transparent paper-thin strips on painted porcelain plates," says Toshiharu Hata, who runs the largest fugu wholesale business in Shimonoseki, Japan. "Master chefs cut them into chrysanthemum petals, Mount Fuji or animals like peacocks, turtles and butterflies."
Courtesy Shimonoseki City
Fugu master —
Chef Shigekazu Suzuki slices a puffer fish, known as fugu in Japan, to remove toxic internal organs at his Tokyo restaurant Torafugu-tei. Often served in sashimi form, fugu is famed for its subtle but flavorful taste.
World's deadliest piece of liver —
At his restaurant Torafugu-tei in Tokyo, chef Suzuki displays a puffer fish liver, which contains enough neurotoxin to kill several men. Each year in Japan people end up in the hospital after eating puffer fish -- some don't survive.
Fugu Festival —
Never has a more adorable attempt been made to catch a slippery fugu with rubber-gloved hands. Held each February, Shimonoseki's