Held in late May
The Sea of Okhotsk, while typically covered in drift ice during the winter, is a bountiful breeding ground for kegani, or horsehair crabs. When the drift ice melts and spring kicks in around mid-April, mizuage no kani (crabs fresh from the water) are said to be of the highest quality. Thanks to swift currents and the nutritious plankton in the waters, Abashiri horsehair crabs have scarlet red shells, a dense texture, a sweet flavor, and super creamy kanimiso (crab tomalley). The early April molting season is said to be the height of crab catching, so come and feast on these high-quality regional delicacies. The crabs are prepared in a variety of ways, such as boiled, grilled, or sashimi. For an even greater culinary experience, head to Abashiri City during late-May for the Haru Kani Gassen at Roadside Station Ryuhyo-Kaido Abashiri. Literally meaning “Spring Crab Fight,” the event draws crab lovers from all across the country and is packed with crab-related content.
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