Secret Kyoto - The Secrets of Sukiyaki
There are various theories regarding the origin of the word Sukiyaki. According to one of the theories, the word suki of Sukiyaki is derived from a farming tool called suki (spade). In this theory it is said that samurai during the Kamakura Period enjoyed hunting and took a rest at a farm house on their way back. They wanted to eat their prey but couldn’t find a suitable pot. So they had to make use of suki, and enjoyed a quick barbeque.