2012年10月22日月曜日

Whales don't get tired!

That'S what this sign from my local supermarket says:


It goes on to implore you to put some whale power on your dinner table.

The whole issue of whale eating/ hunting/ research/ conservation is one that I get asked about every so often as an Australian in Japan.

I have to be honest and say yes, I've eaten whale.
In school lunch.
And again at a set course meal while on an end-of-year trip.
Did I feel particularly barbaric?
Nope.
I've also eaten horse and deer and I eat a lot of chicken and I like all those animals too.
And it's not like I have anything against sheep or cows that makes them easier for me to eat.

But this post isn't really to convince you to eat whale.
Personally I wasn't that taken with the flavour and would prefer chicken.
Nope- I wanted to show my Japanese friends who read these blogs (poor people, trying to decipher my ramblings!) that whale is not some archaic storybook food.
It's not resigned to 'after the war' or 'when we were kids' as so many people tell me.
Nope.
Right now at a supermarket near you you too can buy some whale power for your dining table:


But I think you'd be wasting your money- surely if you want to be strong like a whale you'd need to eat plankton?


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