The culture that is Japan, markets in everything

Insect sushi:

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There is much more at the link, including more photos, and I thank Michael Mullen for the pointer.

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Yum, just in time for breakfast - will accompany with a strong Bloody Mary ... and dental floss, no doubt

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The second photo would appear not to include an insect.

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I haven’t had insect sushi, but honey roasted grasshoppers were really nice when I was on exchange in Japan. Among the group of us that went, the consensus was that the worst thing anyone had eaten (in this case unknowingly) was bulls’ testicles. But that’s apparently an American food too†¦ “weird† is relative.

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The only unappealing traditional Japanese delicacy I have had so far is konowata. I first found it on a room-service menu in a hotel in Kyoto, where it was given in English as "children's entrails" (a literal translation), which intrigued me somewhat. Big mistake!

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Is this something that is commonly eaten or some kind of art/shock thing? I need more context before I add this to my opinion about an entire country.

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I'm Japanese, I have never heard of insect sushi before and I think these images look wrong. If you look at the group shot of 8 "sushi" pieces, the rice for the sushi looks all funky. A Sushi chef would have far more consistency in how the rice looks. I'd wager that this is some art conceptual piece as opposed to an actual dish at a restaurant.

I'm kinda annoyed that this is presented as Japanese culture without a bit more checking. Not for what it implies but more for inaccuracy.

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Doesn't look gross at all, though it doesn't look mouth-watering either, and I'm eating breakfast while looking at the pictures.

I think some people are too reliant on non-animal foods that they wimp out over trivial departures from it to real food. Put down the Cheerios and blueberry scones and pick up some liver cheese and hard-boiled eggs.

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A friend who lives in Japan tells me that "Japanses aint no Taï, we do not eat insect here, never, no way. there is no market for those sushi here, but he say the opposite, and claim to be the most creative and bankable chef ever, he want to open a big chain of insect sushi restaurant ... but of course, no bank follow him."

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