I was browsing the canned fish and meat section of our local little grocery store. (Seikyo Coop) I was surprised to find canned whale! (Two brands on the left). At 435 yen, most people can afford to get a taste of whale meat. Not that I want to buy it! (I didn’t.) And not that I support whaling! (I don’t.)
I know that long ago whale meat was common (at least to some extent?) in school lunches. We are talking back in the nineteen-thirties. It is part of Japanese culture, but a part that I think they need to rid themselves of.
I told my son about the whale meat in the store and he said that once they had whale for school lunch! So they are still doing it. 😦
But don’t hate me. Because I am a total hyprocite.
I once ate whale meat myself!
Here’s the story. I was at a fancy party and sashimi was served. I was told it was whale meat. (About a slice or two.) I thought: If I don’t eat it, it will get thrown away, or somebody will eat it off my plate. So I went ahead and tried it.
It was actually very good. It’s a beefy flavor, rather than a fishy flavor. So yeah, I can see why some Japanese people still like it.
I won’t try it again, and I certainly won’t buy it.
Oh, and by the way, any guesses as to what the can on the right is? 🙂