Fresh fish

The Japanese have always loved fresh fish. But the waters close to Japan have not held many fish for decades. So to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever.

The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring in the fish. If the return trip took more than a few days, the fish were not fresh. The Japanese did not like the taste.

To solve this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their boats. They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer. However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen and they did not like frozen fish. The frozen fish brought a lower price.

So fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little thrashing around, the fish stopped moving. They were tired and dull, but alive. Unfortunately, the Japanese could still taste the difference. Because the fish did not move for days, they lost their fresh-fish taste.

The Japanese preferred the lively taste of fresh fish, not sluggish fish. So how did Japanese fishing companies solve this problem? How did they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan ?

Here is how the Japanese kept their fish fresh: To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks. But they added a small shark to each tank. The shark eats a few fish, but most of the fish arrive in a very lively state. The fish are challenged.

Have you realized that some of us are also living in a pond but most of the time tired & dull? So we need a shark in our life to keep us awake and moving? Basically, in our lives, sharks are new challenges to keep us active and lively.

Note: This story is from a forward I agree completely with. This feeling was all the more strong when I was on leave for a short period before I joined my new job. I started missing the activity after some time, the challenge. It is these challenges that keep us alive. As one of my friends puts it, “Keep challenging yourself in order to grow. Throw yourself a challenge, meet it, then challenge yourself again. Then you will come to know what you can truly achieve.”   



Filed under Life, Motivation, Musings, Sourced

10 responses to “Fresh fish

  1. Beautiful post 🙂
    I always admired Japanese way of doing things

    First time here. You have a nice blog. Read thro couple of ur previous posts. Enjoyed reading.

  2. Me


    OMG are the japs going to eat me now…

  3. I just wrote about the subject last night, I think I do need a shark 😦

  4. priyaiyer


    thanks! welcome here! 🙂


    nope, they won’t, but ur manager might… 🙂


    yep, i read ur post and commented on it too. i wanted to put up this post since long on my blog. ur post prompted me to do so today. 🙂 yes, it does look like you need a shark. u know what, this was the first thing that came to my mind on reading ur post. that’s pretty much what i have written down in my comment there as well. 🙂

  5. Good Post….but its a rather thin line between viewing something as a challenge or pressure. Sometimes, if it is the latter, it gets to you rather than motivating you. Just my view….

  6. priyaiyer


    very true… if we start viewing each and every problem of ours as a challenge rather than as a problem, wouldn’t that be just great? i know it is easier said than done, but i m sure it can be done by making little changes in one’s attitude.

    seri, romba filasaaphi aachu! 🙂

  7. bpuriskabab

    Hey, interesting idea. As someone who likes sushi, I found it fascinating that the fish I enjoy had been the subject of such interesting tactics to keep it fresh.

    I did try to look online to see if I could find some more sources to corroborate the shark story, but could not. Not sure if you were able to find any? I would be interested in reading about those.


  8. priyaiyer


    i got this story through a forward by a friend. don’t know how far it is true. i loved the message of the story and so, put it up on my blog. 🙂 shall let u know if i come across other similar stories.

  9. good post .You now why the rest of the world admires Japan.

  10. priyaiyer


    yep, true. 🙂

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