A fishmonger cutting fugu in Osaka, Japan

A fishmonger cutting fugu in Osaka, Japan

A fishmonger cutting fugu in Osaka, Japan

A fugu chef ( ふぐ調理師) in Osaka ( 大阪) prepares fugu ( フグ) for a group of school children, while live blowfish swim in a tank in the background. You need a special license to handle and cut these potentially poisonous fish, which are a local specialty of Osaka. They are most often served thinly sliced as sashimi, but some parts are also pickled, stewed or fried.

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