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Taste of whale meat


I have not posted for more than 10 days because I was busy writing papers last month.

I wrote about whale meat in the previous entry. Last week, I read an interesting article in the Kyodo news (Kyodo, Jan 28 in Japanese). In Japan, whale meat acquired as the result of research whaling can be legally sold, however, the amount of the stock of whale meat has increased, doubles in these ten years. The reason is that while the total number of caught whales is increasing, the consumption does not increase in proportion.

Wikipedia writes as folows:

In the postwar 1940s and 1950s, whale meat became a primary source of food and protein in Japan following the famines that came with World War II.

This coincide with my own experience in the 1950s and 60s. We loved to eat whale meat. I liked fried whale meat (tatsuta age). But it seems that recent Japanese prefer beef to whale meat. Our custom of eating whale meat will probably be decreasing and disappear someday. I miss the taste of whale, but it will be good news both for the Japanese and Greenpeace, and of course, whales.

Photo: "Life" supermarket, Osaka.

 -- M.Morioka www.lifestudies.org

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