FUKUOKA — First-time visitors to this sunny city are often told with a certain friendly belligerence that Fukuoka’s seafood is the best in Japan. Usually, just a glimpse of its sparkling harbor and rugged natural coastline is enough to whet their appetite to test this claim.

Year-round generous catches are netted here of fish that follow the warm Tsushima current northward, feeding on rich plankton fields near the Tsushima, Iki and Goto islands.

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