When I arrived to Japan for the first time I was surprised to see whale meat cans in the supermarket, now I am totally used to it (which doesn’t mean I agree with it). What surprised me the other day was bumping into a shop where only whale meat is sold!! They are specialized in whale bacon, they have meat from different whale species, they have many varieties depending on the conservation method and they sell the most delicious parts frozen. Moreover, at the entrance of the supermarket there is a sign which says “クジラは日本の食文化” that could be translated as “Whale is part of the Japanese culinary culture”. I guess nobody still thinks whales are hunted in Japan for “scientific” reasons…
The character 鯨 can be seen at the background. It means “whale” in Japanese language.
Whale is part of the Japanese culinary culture
In the shelves at the background many different kinds of canned whale meat can be seen.
Clients trying to decide what part of whale to buy.
Whale bacon on sale. They say it is very healthy.
Leaflets about cooking, recipes, etc. using whale meat.
Shop background decorated with a huge whale.
This is how whale meat looks when ready to eat. There is a restaurant next to the shop which is specialized in cooking whale meat.
Whale species that live in the seas around Japan.
Back shop window plenty of whale meat cans.