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Lomi Lomi ・ ロミロミ

2010.04.06 (Tue)

The following is an adaptation of an article that appeared in the April 2010 edition of the Yurihama town newsletter.

以下の記事は2010年「広報ゆりはま4月号」に掲載されました。

Since December of last year, the town has been participating in a salmon hatchery project, and as part of the project, we had been raising salmon in the town hall. Though they started off as small eggs, in just three months the salmon grew to about five centimeters in length. In March, we released them into Lake Togo with the help of some students from Hawai Elementary School.

町では、「東郷湖・天神川のサケ飼育放流プロジェクト」に参加し、昨年12月から役場でサケを育ててきました。最初は小さな卵だったけど、たった3カ月で体長が5センチほどになりました。そして3月、わたしたちは羽合小学校の児童とともに、自分たちの育てたサケを、東郷池に放流しました。

Unfortunately for the salmon, many people find them very delicious. Even in Hawaii, which has no native salmon population, we have a traditional food called “lomi lomi salmon.” This dish actually has an international origin; it started being made when western sailors brought salmon to Hawaii in the nineteenth century. The fish was adapted to Hawaiian tastes, and lomi lomi salmon was born.

放流したサケたちには悪いけど、サケはやっぱりおいしいですよね。ハワイには「ロミロミサーモン」という伝統的なサケ料理があります。ロミロミサーモンは、19世紀に欧米の船乗りが、サケをハワイに持ち込んだのがきっかけで生まれました。ハワイ風に調理されていますが、実は今では国際的な料理となっています。

In Hawaiian, “lomi” means to massage or rub. As its name suggests, lomi lomi salmon is prepared by “massaging” salted salmon with diced tomatoes and onions. It’s an essential side dish at any luau, and it has a fresh taste that I think Japanese people would enjoy as well.

「ロミ」はハワイ語で「もむ」という意味。作り方は名前のとおり、塩漬けのサケと、角切りトマトとタマネギをもむというものです。ロミロミサーモンは、ハワイのルアウパーティーにおける重要な副食です。そのフレッシュな味は、日本人の口にも合うと思いますよ。

“Lomi lomi” is also the name of a traditional Hawaiian massage. The massage is performed using one’s hands, elbows, and knees; and sometimes even stones are used. In ancient Hawaii, lomi lomi was used in conjunction with prayer to heal certain ailments, and it was considered a very spiritual practice. Though much of spiritual component of lomi lomi has been lost in modern times, it still remains a popular type of massage in Hawaii.

ハワイでは、「ロミロミ」という言葉はこのほかにも使われています。例えば「ロミロミマッサージ」。腕、ひじ、ひざだけでなく石も使うマッサージです。古代のハワイでは、祈りながら病気を治す、宗教的な儀式としての意味合いも持っていたといわれています。現在では、ロミロミマッサージの精神的な部分は失われましたが、ハワイでは人気のあるマッサージの一つです。

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3 comments

  1. would you like me to send you a picture of lomi lomi salmon for your blog?


  2. Nice shot of the sakura!
    You should do an entry on poi and tie it in to the one on lomi salmon, ’cause I think we both know that’s a match made in heaven.



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