October 11, 2017

The Japanese and the Whales/日本人と鯨(くじら、クジラ)

In Japan, whaling dates back to 8,000 years ago, in the Jomon period. The Japanese have loved, worshiped, and consumed whales ever since.
In Japan, it is said that "kujira wa suteru tokoro ga nai", which means, "a whale has no portion to dispose of". In Japan, no part of a whale has been wasted. In 1832, a book titled, Geiniku Chomi Kata (Whale Meat Seasoning Methods), was published, which explains how to cook about 70 different regions of a whale.
Photos of all pages of this book can be found here.
It's a fact of life that we need to sacrifice the lives of other animals and plants to sustain our own. To express gratitude to whales, the Japanese have built graves, monuments, Buddhist temples, and Shinto shrines for whales, about 100 of them in total nationwide.
Kujira zuka (a type of monument) in Shinagawa, Tokyo
Whale grave
Buddhist temple:
Shinto shrine:
Again, we the Japanese people have loved and worshiped whales and consumed every part of each and every whale. You will have to understand HOW INAPPROPRIATE AND HUMILIATING it can be for us to be called barbarous by anti-whaling countries.
I have purchased 2 kg of fin whale breast meat. I would like to present some of the whale dishes here in my blog in the near future.
私はナガスクジラの胸肉を2 kg購入しました。このブログで近いうちに鯨の料理を載せたいと思います。

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