Shinko (新子 / Young Gizzard Shad)

Category: hikarimono (shiny, silver fish).

Season: in season from late spring to early summer.

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Shinko, or baby kohada, is one of the very tastiest treats of the early summer. Depending on the size of the fish, anywhere from two to five filets are used for a single piece of nigiri, so this neta is very labor-intensive. When shinko first arrives at Tsukiji market every year,  fierce competition to obtain the small fish ensues, causing prices to skyrocket. Pictured above is a delicious piece of shinko nigiri made using five separate fish - as prepared at Sushi Yoshizumi.