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Seafood Diner Maguro-tei in Kesennuma

Hello! This is tuna afictinado Handa.
The other day, we visited seafood diner Maguro-tei at the Revival Shopping Village Kesennuma-Yokocho and interviewed the store manager Mr. Koyama.
We asked the secret of fresh taste tuna they served up. If you love tuna too, you must be interested in this story!

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Maguro Tei is operated by the Northern Miyagi Tuna Fisheries Cooperative Association. The association has thirty one 380-430 ton fishing boats, and these ships go one-year travelling on the Pacific for tuna hunt. Catched tunas are quick-frozen with temperture below minus 60 degree. By preserved this way, when they are unfrozen, tunas taste as fresh as ones that are just landed. Maguro-tei, of course, uses these specially frozen tunas, and that’s the reason their tunas have a fresh taste.


Maguro Sanshoku Don (“Triple Tuna Rice Bowl”) made with bigeye tuna, albacore, and negitoro (tuna belly with chopped green onion). This is so pupular and go out of stock quickly.

Bakudan Don (“Bomb Rice Bowl”) including tuna, octopus, squid, salmon roe, sesame, shiso leaf and green onion. They use select salmon roe for this bowl.

Until the 2011 tsunami disaster, the diner was open as Maguro-ya at the Kesennuma Rias Shark Museum.
After the tsunami forced them to stop oeration, Mr. Koyama heard the news about the Kesennuma-Yokocho project. Fortunately, most of their boats were undamaged by the tsunami and they were still able to catch tunas. Hoping to serve their tuna as soon as possible, he applied for the project to reopen the diner.


When they were still at the museum, the diner had 40 seats, but now, at the Kesennuma-Yokocho, they only have 11 seats. Because they had less seats, they had changed the diner’s name from Maguro-ya to Maguro-tei (Both tei and ya mean diner, and tei means smaller one).


Because of its change in the name, some customers have difficulties to find the diner, and complained about it. At the same time, they were delightful to know the diner’s restart. There was even a customer who came a distance of over 1000 kilometers to visit Maguro-tei.


Actually beloved Maguro-ya is going to be reopen soon at the Rias Shark Museum and existing Maguro-tei keeps operating after Maguro-ya’s revival.

Mr. Koyama noted that if we together work hard, flowers of recovery will bloom, and he wanted to be one of those flowers.

If you love to eat delicious tuna, give it a try!




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