25 Super Weird Japanese Foods

People from different cultures all have widely different tastes and standard meals. Some cultures eat spicy food, while others keep it bland and simple. Still, even the most adventurous of eaters might find that Japan has some of the weirdest foods on the planet. Sushi is just the tip of the iceberg. From eating insects to devouring tripe, Japan’s recipes are certainly creative. Curious to find out what else they’ve concocted? Here are 25 Super Weird Japanese Foods.

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Fugu

fuguSource: http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1967235_1967238_1967227,00.html

Serving Fugu is serious business. If a chef wants to make it, they must get a license merely to serve the food. That’s because it’s a poisonous puffer-fish with tetrodotoxin, which is about 1,200 times more deadly than cyanide. Despite the health risks, people still eat about 10,000 every year.

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Kujira va Iruka

whale meatSource: http://www.craveonline.com/culture/945331-weird-food-japan

Kujira va Iruka is the delicacy also known as whale tale. While it’s served differently depending on the region, it’s usually diced and deep fried.

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Tarako

tarakoSource: https://www.thespruce.com/tarako-mentaiko-and-karashi-mentaiko-c-roe-2030933

Sometimes confused as Mentaiko, Tarako is plain, salted sacks of pollock or cod roe. It translates as “children of cod” and is sold raw and packed together in a thin membrane.

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Harumon

HorumonyakiSource: http://www.iknowtoday.com/five-weird-japanese-foods/

To some degree, Harumon is a mystery food. The word is used as a catch-all for animal innards, like a cow or pig. If you order it, you probably won’t know what animal it came from.

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Shirako

shirakoSource: https://www.thekitchn.com/the-strangest-food-i-ever-ate-2-91992

Shirako means “white children” and is served both raw and cooked all over Japan. Many believe it to be an acquired taste, and since it is a cod’s sperm sac, that might be an understatement.

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