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10 Weird Japanese Traditional Foods

Posted by redcherry | On: Jan 06 2012
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Japan is the place where brilliant ideas meet quirkiness. Popular for the unique fashion, this country is also famous for its weird traditional foods. From raw meat to stewed grasshopper, please enjoy.

1. Shirako


Shirako or milt is the male genitalia of fish that contains sperm, served as a dish in Japan. The cuisine is usually served at sushi bars and izakaya, some kind of pub in the country.

2. Inago no Tsukudani


In English, Inago means grasshopper. Meanwhile, tsukudani is sweetened soy. Inago no Tsukudani is stewed grasshopper with sweetened soy sauce.

3. Basashi


Basashi is raw, slice horse meat, popular in the prefectures of Oita, Nagano and Kumamoto. Basashi ice cream is also available in the country.

4. Natto


Natto is sticky breakfast made from fermented soybeans. The smell is so powerful that you will not need coffee to wake you up. The traditional food is popular in Hokkaido, Tohoku and Kanto.

5. Fugu


Fugu is a dangerous fish, but it is served on the table in Japan. Fugu is putterfish, notorious for the poisonous organs and skin. But if the chef cooks correctly, the poison can be omitted.

6. Hachinoko


Hachinoki is fied bee larvae, served with boiled rice plus soy sauce. Long time ago, Emperor Hirohito loved to eat this weird Japanese food.

7. Zazamushi


Zazamushi is a traditional Japanese food made from aquatic insects. There are various insects used to make the food. Canned zazamushi is available in restaurants.

8. Kujira and Iruca


Want to try whale burger or dolphin sashimi? Try Kujira and Iruca.

9. Shiokara


Shiokara is a traditional Japanese seafood. The various marine animals are served by fermenting them first. The most popular shiokara is Ika no shiokara, fermented squids.

10. Shiro no Odorigui


Shiro no Odorigui is also known as dancing fish. The reason why the food is called like that is because the transparent fish will move in the mouth as if they dance because they are being eaten alive.

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