2013年07月30日

There still remains a food culture of eating whale meat in Japan, so a few restaurants serving whale meat dishes can be found throughout the country.

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Like some Western countries, whale meat eating custom has taken root in Japan since time immemorial. As whale was regarded as the largest fish, even in the days when eating four-footed animal meat was prohibited because of religious reason, eating whale had been prevailing around Japan. Buddhism, that was introduced into Japan in the 6th century, had long prohibited eating four-feeted animal meat.
Compared with fish, since whale can be kept for a long time, it was eaten even in cities far from the coast.
This also is a reason why the tradition of eating whale gets fixed as a characteristic food culture in Japan.
After a worldwide ban on whaling in 1987, the opportunity to eat whale meat has gradually fallen, however, various species and parts of whale, as shown in the picture, are found at many fish markets such as Tsukiji around the country.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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