Before the yakimono or grilled course, a young chef came in with a basket of jumping sweetfish
or ayu, as if to show us how fresh the next dish was going to be.
Freshwater fishermen and riverfront farmers have joined hands to revive the ayu, or Japanese sweetfish
, called ''Queen of Limpid Stream,'' catches of which have declined dramatically due to environmental degradation in the Monobe River in the city of Konan, Kochi Prefecture.
Young clams and freshwater sweetfish
grow at the mouth of the Yahagi River,'' Iseki said.