The second night of the homestay near SOKENDAI, my hosts took me to a sushi-conveyer belt restaurant. Sugoi! I was quite unfamiliar with the menu, however I was excited (?) to see that it included my study organism, the mighty whelk. The first picture is of the menu, the second is of tsubu gai sashima, the next is my host Tomoki-san about to enjoy it, and finally the sushi belt in all its glory.
- I am a graduate student at UC Berkeley studying the diversity and evolution of whelks. This summer I was sponsored by the NSF (USA) and JSPS (Japan) to work with Dr. Seiji Hayashi at Nagoya University in Japan to collect buccinid gastropod (whelk) tissue samples and examine whelk shell collections at musems throughout Japan. Sugoi! Some of the snails that I study are pictured to the right.