Salmon's back to Noboribetsu rivers!

The season has come! Noboribetsu warm-welcome chum salmons home at the moment.
Chum salmons are amazing fish, growing in fresh water during the early stage, spend in salt water to mature, then come back to fresh water for reproduction. Approx. 3000 and 3500 eggs from each mother salmon, however, only 2 or 3 make it home in 3 to 6 years.

Salmon is considered expensive fish elsewhere. In Hokkaido it is just an everyday fish.
Salt and grill, BBQ in sweet miso paste, in hot pot....all sorts of way to prepare yummy meal.
Salted salmon roe is tourists' dream...uh huh, when it's fresh, it is like eating orange pearls..yum yum..

Today my friendly guests from Singapore and I went to check if they have arrived.
Here's the photo. They are just entering from the Pacific Ocean toward our local river which is their home river. Salmon never fail to return to the right one. Such a wonder how they can make it after a long long journey.
where sea meets river

Way to go,,Salmon! Swim up and survive!

Noboribetsu has been experiencing unusual hot weather this summer and that worn us out totally. However, our fellow chum salmons seem to still hold their energy and stay strong because their journey hasn't finished yet. The hardest part is after this. They have to swim up against the current to upstream to accomplish the life mission. 

Guide tour available @ Noboribetsu Gateway Center 
Tel: 014-84-2200 email: contact@noboribetsu.co.jp

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