In the scenery of Ise Shima, Oyster culture beds of Matoya Bay and Uramura are a distinctive feature, along with the cultured pearl beds of Ago bay. Oyster cultivation spread during the early Showa period (1920's to 30's). Oysters most suitable for eating are the ones cultivated in Asoura Bay and Matoya Bay, in Uramura. Oysters are most flavorful when harvested during the months ending in "r", stating in Septenber. A full course meal based on fresh oysters can be enjoyed during this season. Though there are many cooked dishes using the oysters, the taste is so good that you really have to taste the oysters from Matoya raw.
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