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    TOKYO & SHIZUOKA PREFECTURE, JAPAN

    Thousands of eels are consumed every summer in Japan because the Japanese people believe they hold the key to stamina, good health and renewed sexual vigour.

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    1. GV Downtown Tokyo. 0.03
    2. GVs & SVs Man in restaurant preparing eels. (4 SHOTS) 0.24
    3. SV PAN Man placing eels over charcoal fire. (2 SHOTS) 0.44
    4. SVs Japanese men eating eels. (4 SHOTS) 1.01
    5. SV PAN Eels eating in special pond and eel farmers catching them. (3 SHOTS) 1.15
    6. SV PAN Workers sorting eels in factory. (2 SHOTS) 1.23
    7. SV ZOOM TO CU Eels falling into baskets off conveyor belt and being packed into bags. 1.26
    8. SVs Eels placed in cardboard boxes. (2 SHOTS) 1.29
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    Background: TOKYO & SHIZUOKA PREFECTURE, JAPAN

    Thousands of eels are consumed every summer in Japan because the Japanese people believe they hold the key to stamina, good health and renewed sexual vigour. According to one of the country's main eel distributors, Haibara Eel Marketing Limited, the Japanese downed 480 million of them in 1983. Eel is usually broiled over charcoal and flavoured with a special teriyaki sauce. It is flaky and has a rich, oily taste. The custom of eating eels in the summer apparently dates back to the eighth century when the famous Japanese poet Ohtomo no Yakamochi told a friend suffering from the heat to try eating eel or unagi for extra stamina. In the 18th century it became popular to eat unagi on the Day of the Ox (Doyo no Ushi no Hi), often one of the hottest days of the year. This year, the Day of the Ox falls on July 30. Eels are cultivated in fresh ponds all over Japan. However, to meet peak summer demand, special jets airlift 50,000 to 100,000 live eels a day from Taiwan. One of Japan's major eel distributors, Tomoaki Kubota, says there is a seventy per cent chance that the eel you eat in a Tokyo restaurant was grown in Taiwan. In Japan the industry is dominated by small unagi farmers. Even though production is scattered over much of the country, the main eel farming area is Shizuoka Prefecture.

    Source: TBS/REUTERS - KIMIAKI TANAKA

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    Film ID:
    VLVASHYTMQ4BXWJIC56XLTBLRWFK
    Media URN:
    VLVASHYTMQ4BXWJIC56XLTBLRWFK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/07/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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