Sea lettuce season is here

Sea lettuce season is here

Asa season is here—a worker collects asa (sea lettuce) in Yaga, Nago City, on the morning of April 19. Photographed by Naoya Oshiro.

April 20, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

At a sea lettuce farm in Yaga, Nago City, the asa sea lettuce—a popular spring food, is in peak harvest. The blooming asa has covered the coast in a beautiful green carpet.

On the morning of April 19, sea lettuce farmers went out to the beach during low tide and carefully picked asa off the nets. Harvest begins in March and is expected to continue through April.

Beads of sweat lined the forehead of a 55-year-old female worker as she collected the algae. “It’s a physically demanding job, but I’ll be happy if it sells well,” she said.

(English translation by T&CT and Monica Shingaki)

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