A Matsuba crab was sold for a record 5 million yen in this season's first auction as the biggest winter delicacy held at Tottori harbor on Thursday, sparking enthusiasm among attendees.
A total of five Matsuba crabs certified for the high quality brand “Itsukiboshi” were unloaded at the port. Matsuba Crab is the local name of the male crab caught in the Sanin region on the Japan Sea side, including Tottori Prefecture.
In last season's first auction for Matsuba crabs, the highest price was ¥ 2 million. The crab has been recognized as “the most expensive crab sold by auction” by Guinness World Records.
The 5 million yen crab “has probably set a new world record,” said an official from the Tottori provincial government's fishing department. “We will consider applying for Guinness certification.”
The buyer was Kanemasa Hamashita Shoten, a fish retailer in Tottori City, which was also the successful winner of the ¥ 2 million crab in last season's first auction. "It's full of meat and it's the best," said President Tetsuji Hamashita, 49 years.
Noting that the fish retailer received an order for Matsuba crab from a Japanese restaurant in Tokyo's Ginza luxury district, Hamashita said he was determined to win the auction "for the highest price."