I have lived in Japan for about 11 years now.
I can sit kneeling for hours.
I can eat quail eggs, beans and slippery noodles with chopsticks.
I have slept on a futon and I don't even blink at a Japanese squat toilet.
I eat seaweed, prawn heads, raw fish and fermented natto beans.
But until now I have never eaten these little dried fish.
I don't know why. I guess they just look like cat snacks or something. Or I couldn't imagine that the meat to bone ratio in them would be worth it. A mouth full of dried guts and dried bones and dried fish brains? Mmmmm, no thanks.
But one of my students made this for me and I put it on the table while I made dinner and Meg and Amy started in and just kept eating and eating.
They were raving about how yummy they were.
It got me a little worried that I was missing out on something and the pace they were going I was looking to miss out entirely.
So, without looking at it too hard or thinking too deeply about what I was eating I put one in my mouth.
Closed my eyes and chew, chew, chewed.
They are really good!!
In the spirit of full disclosure these had a yummy soy sauce and crystal sugar coating with those red Chinese fruits in there as well. They were really, really moreish.
But I still can't believe I am eating cat food.
It's yummy cat food but it's still cat food.