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Know Your Japantown Holidays: “Unagi Eel Day,” July 24th – It’s Hot, So Let’s Eat Fatty Seafood

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Parts of Webster and parts of Post are nice and flat, so the intersection of these streets is a kind of crossroads for lazy people who like avoiding unnecessarily arduous hill-climbing in the Western Addition. Anywho, this is where you’ll discover the Good News of Eel Day:

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I first read this as a reference to 24-7, but no, it’s just another excuse from Nijiya Market for you to buy and consume freshwater eels:

About the Ushinohi ‘Eel Day’ Custom
In modern-day Japan, most everyone eats unagi on the Doyo-no-ushi-no-hi (土用の丑の日). This year it is on July 24th, but it occurs one day between mid-July and the beginning of August. The simple explanation why is that this is the hottest time of the year and as unagi has lots of nutritional value and fat content, it gives you the umph to not wilt in the blazing, steamy summer heat.

The More You Know…

“Meat Day” Comes on the 29th of Every Month in Japantown – But Uh Oh: “Except for Sausage, Bacon, Ham”

Friday, October 4th, 2013

This is a monthly thing for four-star Yelp-rated Nijiya Market at 1737 Post St (between Buchanan and Webster) in Godforsaken, windblown, Redeveloped, and concrete-and-clay-and-general-decay Japantown.*

But what’s this,”EXCEPT FOR SAUSAGE, BACON, HAM?”

Those are like the three best animals, man!

A good thing is when the have cases of “imported” Sapporo Draft (aka Premium) (kara サッポロビール株式会社 Sapporo Bīru Kabushiki-gaisha) on sale for $13. (Yeah, imported from Ontario, Canada(!), but I guess an import is an import.)

Anyway, enjoy your Meat Days, San Francisco!

Homer: Are you saying you’re never going to eat any animal again? What about bacon?

Lisa: No.

Homer: Ham?

Lisa: No.

Homer: Pork chops?

Lisa: Dad, those all come from the same animal.

Homer: Heh heh heh. Ooh, yeah, right, Lisa. A wonderful, magical animal.

*I haven’t a clue on how to best fix earthquake-unsafe J-Town. Before the Great Recession, the solution was going to be something like 500 new condos in the nabe, each with a $100,000 fee tacked on to help pay for a new Japantown Garage and whatnot. But some businesses inside the horrible mall buildings are thriving and some are not, so it’s not an easy call to have a giant implosion and just start over. And, up to now, there’s been no money for that kind of thing anyway…

“Meat Day” is Coming on March 29th – How Will San Francisco Celebrate?

Friday, March 27th, 2009

The signs in the windows on Post Street tell the story – MEAT DAY is coming this Sunday, March 29th.  If this is all you can see, then it’s tough to figure out the meaning. The only clues are bull, rooster, and pig icons along with Chinese characters that literally mean “meat day” or “day of meat.”

But this is in Japantown, so the pronunciation “Niku no Hi” can also sound like “2-9 Day” – “ni” is the voicing for “two” and “ku” is one of the ways of saying “nine.

Mit-te [look]! It’s Meat Day! Click to expand.

The upshot of this is that Nijiya supermarket at 1737 Post near Webster, just across the street from the haters at 1600 Webster, is taking 20% off the price of any meat you buy, one day only.

Is fish included? No, ’cause meat is meat and fish is fish.

Why isn’t it 29% off? Good question.

Is the 29th of every month Meat Day? Don’t know.

Are ham, sausage, deli items and advertised sale items elegible for 20% off too? Another good question – the answer is no, those things are not included in the celebration according to the fine print.

But isn’t there a pig icon in the poster? Yes, good point.

What about bacon? All the kids are loving the bacon these days, right? Perhaps, but don’t know.

Crooner Morrissey says that “Meat is Murder.” What about that? Yes meat CAN be murder, on your pocketbook that is, so you should take every chance to save save save.

See you Sunday at Meat Day!

Lyrics after the jump

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