Found here, in an intriguing and entertaining but also disturbing and depressing bit of CME.
Browsing through my local Acme yesterday, I ran across a special: $1 packets of 4 oz of fish, frozen. Available were flounder and tilapia. I've been trying to add more fish to my diet, so I bought a few. Cooked a couple. Ate them. Mmm. Tilapia was kind of characterless, but still edible. Flounder was good.
Not sure I'd had tilapia before, so I looked it up in my Joy of Cooking, which lists (and pictures) no fewer than 56 different fish and fish-like marine species that may conceivably join the bleedin' choir invisible in the seafood case of your local Super-Duper-Whooper.
Thinking about that, it seemed very odd to me that there are so many fish species for sale that they need to be enumerated in a cookbook. I mean, how many mammals do we eat regularly? Three? Four or five at the outside, if you're into goat or rabbit. We don't need a 'Mammals' section in the Joy of Cooking, with a picture of a cow, for those who may not recognize one when it shows up on the meat aisle.
The thing is, of course, that fishing, as it is generally practiced today, hasn't changed since paleolithic times: it's still basically hunting/gathering, sending out the tribe's energetic young men to find something edible and kill it. What they bring back to the cave depends on what's in the area that day, and was unlucky enough to run across them.
This is changing, of course. After thousands of years of this, fish farming is taking over. The frozen tilapia I bought was farmed. Fish farming is in its infancy, and still has some problems; farmed salmon, for example, aren't as nutritious as wild-caught ones, because of a different diet. Still, it's obviously the way of the future.
Wouldn't it be curious if fishing had gone to farms a couple of thousand years ago, and animal husbandry had never been developed? If we only ate three types of domesticated fish, but the meat case were still stocked with whatever the hunters had brought in this week? If the Joy of Cooking had a section to help the anxious cook recognize all the different sorts of antelope, prairie dog, elk, squirrel, buffalo, wildebeest, camel, lion, and whatnot that might show up in the meat section over the course of a year?
meaning: cryptomeria, cedar
杉箸 == sugibashi == (noun) chopsticks made of cedar
Left radical is 'tree' (木). Right radical is 'delicate hairs', acting phonetically to express 'enduring', and possibly also lending a meaning of 'hair-like leaves', i.e., needles. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Cedar is a tree with hair-like needles.'