Hoya or sea squirts, also known as sea pineapples, look and taste unique. It is an acquired taste when eaten raw with a strong ‘oceany’ flavour, but they may also be served grilled, deep-fried, dried, salted or smoked. Known as a delicacy of Northern Japan (in Japan, the vast majority are landed off the coasts of Miyagi and a couple other prefectures in Tohoku), sea squirts are also eaten on the Korean peninsula, Chile, France, Italy and Greece. The seafood is quite like magic – in Minamisanriku, it is widely said that the local hoya has such a magical taste that it will make any sake taste amazing. Definitely a must-try while you are in town!