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Reviving whale meat cuisine in Yobuko, Saga

This local news item appeared in the Saga Newspaper several days back, although the article seems to have already dropped offline.

Apparently the whale meat consumption tradition was particularly strong in south western Japan (where Yobuko, Saga is located).

Below is my translation (see the comments for the original Japanese text).

Whale to become new speciality - menu making at Yobuko lodge
Participants taste test sashimi, stew - Yobuko lodge, Karatsu city

At the national youth hostel of Yobuko lodge in Karatsu city, Yobuko town, where the local speciality is squid, whale cuisine menu creation is being pursued in an effort to attract more customers. In the New Year there are plans to offer such cuisine, and interested parties were invited to take part in a taste testing event.

The "whale dinner" menu provided will include 10 items, from sashimi to roasted items, to stew, to salad. Those participating enjoyed the peculiar tastes of whale, sampling skin, o-no-mi (tail meat) sashimi, and minced lean meat.

Yobuko lodge's cuisine is popular for it's "ikizukuri" squid , and fresh fish and shellfish. QKamura Service has been operating the lodge as well as those in the nearby towns of Hadomisaki, and Iroha island, since it became the designated management in June.

The manager says that "Yobuko once prospered as a whaling base, but there are almost no shops offering whale cuisine. We hope to keep the tourists coming back again and again by making whale meat Yobuko's new speciality."

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クジラを新名物に 呼子ロッジがメニューづくり

Caption: 刺し身や鍋物など、試食会でクジラ料理を味わう関係者=唐津市呼子町の呼子ロッジ




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