Snow crab fetches ¥5 million at 1st auction of season in Kanazawa

The Yomiuri Shimbun
A man displays a snow crab at the Kanazawa general market in Kanazawa on Saturday.

A snow crab was auctioned for a celebratory price of ¥5 million at a wholesale market in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Saturday to kick off the start of fishing season for the winter delicacy.

The uncommonly pricey specimen, weighing 1.88 kilograms with a shell width of 15.6 centimeters, also became the first certified under the “Kagayaki” brand, newly created by the Ishikawa prefectural fisheries cooperative association to denote the highest-quality of crab caught in the prefecture.

The winning bidder was Hyakurakuso, which operates ryokan inns in Kanazawa and elsewhere. “We hope people all over the country can get to know the great appeal of Ishikawa’s crabs,” said an official.