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David @ Tokyo

Perspective from Japan on whaling and whale meat, a spot of gourmet news, and monthly updates of whale meat stockpile statistics



Local restaurant sign board - whale on the menu

I already had other plans for dinner tonight, so I won't be eating at this local restaurant that I stumbled across in my local neighbourhood this evening, but the signboard really caught my eye.

The restaurant's main menu (out of sight in this photo) was also on display, but what really grabbed me was the huge "KUJIRA" writing on the signboard, pictured.

The text says something which would translate as "Whale, which you are familiar with due to Sea Shepherd". This shop is obviously trying to draw customers who may have seen news recently about Sea Shepherd's latest efforts in the Antarctic, including the arrest on 5 charges of (my, sad to say, fellow New Zealander) Peter Bethune. This has been making headlines in Japan in recent months.

Just a 5 minute walk from home so, needless to say, I will be popping in there sometime soon for a bite.

On the menu they have items such as Fin whale sashimi and tatsuta-age (fried whale), and their very own Minke whale bacon, amongst others.


Hi, David. Good to see that you are still here. I was afraid that the marathon had damaged you, since you havent been writing here for some time.
Yes, I fell out of the habit of updating this blog somewhat - but I have lots of photos of whale dishes I have been eating at other restaurants in the interim, to upload sometime.
You are the lowest form of human. A civilized being does not eat intelligent, sensitive and caring beings of any species. ESPECIALLY WHALE..

"There is no humane way to kill a whale at sea. ....." ~ Sir David Attenborough

'A person's integrity is never more tested
than when he has power over a voiceless creature.' A C Grayling.

and most importantly:

"The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality." --Schopenhauer

I hope you choke to death on your whale corpse.
Enjoy the mercury!!!
So you can see agression of eco-friends. I think killing for food is just natural thing. And should only be limited to neccessary protection of resources (or stability of environment). Thinking that people aren't part of natural world is stupid and all this "killing inteligent animals is inhuman" is just childish.
Hi David,

That was a nice meal we had at that restaurant. The two people there were cool too. But more than anything else, that fin whale meat was marvellous. If it comes from Iceland, we need to compliment Kristjan.

By the way, proponents of the "don't kill the whales, they are intelligent" argument should read this article from the Irish Examiner:

I like this passage:
"As for intelligent, have you seen the size of a blue whale’s brain relative to the rest of its bulk? Is something that just drifts along vacuuming up seawater to filter out the plankton really MBA material? Frankly, this animal rights sentiment is the product of the increasing infantilisation of Western society, an inability to deal with the cold, hard truths like the fact that animals — even cute ones — die."

So yeah, whether Japanese or Norwegian whalers kill whales, the whales are bound to die one day or the another. So, they might as well give some pleasure to humans with their delicious meat.

Another funny article today teaches us that whale poo fertilizes the oceans:

Maybe someone should tell the Australian and American scientists who collect whale feces -- to try vainly to prove that one doesn't need to kill a whale to know what it eats --, that they are actually reducing the fertilization process of the oceans with their scatologic theft!
Whales are not a sustainable food source and your glorious indulgence in eating a creature that, if you have your way, will not exist in 50 years, is utterly appalling. Do not believe Japanese / Norwegian 'research'. It's basic marine biology to know that large and small cetaceans do not produce enough young to be considered as a sustainable food source. The Fin whale is on the endangered species list and is recognised as at risk by every civilised country.
Whales are a food source, and providing numbers are taken are sustainable, then it's sustainable food too.

Whales will definitely still exist in 50 years time inspite of my eating them.

The IWC has a system in place for setting sustainable catch limits for whales, it's not Japanese or Norwegian research, it's internationally recognised research which was recommended to the IWC unanimously by the IWC's scientific committee, and adopted by the IWC as a result.

I don't think you have a clue about basic marine biology, nor much else.
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