Sunday, April 27, 2008

How much for that piece under the back flipper?

Ok, I'm not going to go into the hot potatoe that is whaling but yesterday I was walking around in Shinjuku with the always wonderful Ms. Sunshine when we passed by a restaurant specialized in whale meat and I felt that I needed to take a picture of this.

As it is now, Japan only does whaling for "scientific purposes" but obviously it would be too bad to let the meat go to waste, so it's sold and provided in some restaurants, but this restaurant is obviously highly dependant on the "scientifical research" that current whaling consists of...

What makes this whole thing, in my eyes, pretty interesting is that whale meat is pretty bad. It's not particularly good, I've had it for "scientific purposes" a few occassions and it's not really particularly good at all. Most Japanese people I've met concede the same, especially older people who used to get it often in school for lunches since it was one of the cheapest meats in the time after WWII. Anyway, I'll stick with the tuna, thank you very much.

2 comments:

Dave said...

Ah, but don't you know that tuna is in a bad state too?

Mr. Salaryman said...

Dammit...
Well, maybe the time is ripe for my old idea to start an underwater dolphin ranch for milking and meat harvesting purposes?

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