Mezashi (目刺)

Mezashi is a dried fish product.

It is several small fish, such as sardines, anchovies, or round herrings, that are held together by a bamboo skewer or a piece of straw that has been passed through their eyes to their jaws after they have been salted and dried. It is normally grilled before eating.

Mezashi' is one of season words of spring.

It is often called 'Tojinboshi' in the Kyushu region, especially in Oita Prefecture and Miyazaki Prefecture.

[Original Japanese]