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Product Summary (Registration No.19)

Registration No.19 下関ふく

Registered name (Transcription) : 下関ふく (Shimonoseki Fuku)、Shimonoseki Fuku
Reference information : Shimonoseki Puffer fish
Shimonoseki Fuku photo

Category of product

Class 10 Fish (Puffer fish and filefish)

Producing area

Shimonoseki City in Yamaguchi Prefecture, and Moji District in Kita‐kyusyu City, Fukuoka Prefecture

Registered Group

Shimonoseki Karato Fish Market Intermediate Wholesaler Cooperative


Shimonoseki Fuku is a Torafugu rubripes (the Japanese puffer) of which poisonous parts are entirely eliminated and maximum freshness is preserved. Production of these high qualities puffers is possible due to highly sophisticated technique of wholesalers.

Link with the local area

The eating tradition of the puffers began when politician from Yamaguchi Prefecture, Hirobumi Ito, officially permitted in Meiji period. Specialized knowledge and skills of checking and processing the puffer fishes have been long developed in the area ‐ the main market of puffer fish in the country.


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