Lots of punters abroad even by 9am. There were some nice specimens of lacquerwork and old tansu chests I would think about buying if I lived in a bigger house. I was also tempted by a complete set of mounted John Player cigarette cards: Sea Fishes of the British Isles but thought better of it. However, after some searching I found what I was looking for in the first place: a Japanese traditional stream fisherman’s creel (called biku, 魚籠 in Japanese). It was very cheap and with some scrubbing and maybe lacquering, will be perfectly serviceable.
Anyway, on returning home the shirogisu whiting – boned except for the tail and spread out – I had laid out to dry in the sun were ready. Treated this way the fish will keep for a fortnight or so.