Fungus Mungus' Weird Stuff in Japan

A chronicle of general weirdness I've encountered during my stay in Japan.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

The Perfect Gift...

In such a homogenous place as Japan, every town and hamlet in Japan tries to have a specialty, hoping it will make it different from other places. It may be a special kind of pottery or craft. Or it may be some kind of food item, usually a snack. When people travel, they are expected to bring back omiyage (souvenirs) to the office or family. Omiyage items are usually for sale in and around train stations, and even on the bullet trains, so even the most forgetful traveler has ample opportunity to buy something for the folks back home. Perhaps I'm a little cynical, but I have found most of the food omiyage I've received to tastes about the same. But every once in awhile, I find something really different:



I found this while looking for Christmas gifts for my family back home. While many people consider salmon bones a nuisance, something to pick your way through while trying to enjoy a nice filet of salmon, apparently the residents of the city of Miyako consider them a delicacy. There are 6 bones in every box!

So I did find the perfect Christmas gift...for my Mom's cat. Now, I wonder what they do with the rest of the fish?

3 Comments:

Anonymous mkultra said...

I'm having trouble imagining exactly how this would work... are they like backbones, with a little meat attached? Like the fish equiv of baby back ribs?

It's it just the cleaned bones... doesn't seem like much of a snack to me. I guess there's some calcium in there, but how could you swallow them? Grind them up?

oh, yeah. found an alternative to willie nelson's central texan. Buzzard Backyard BBQ is across the street from chef lee's... instead of sawdust and pissed-off attitude, there's a funky hotel cafeteria ambience. otherwise, the food is almost exactly the same, but a little less expensive (and with less willie-sweat on it.)

open 7am-10pm 7-days a week. yeah you heard me, 10pm.

ordering 3 kinds of overcooked pig on one platter is an american tradition, by god. I can do it about once a month without a coronary.

m-

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, and to think Ms Kitty never got her gift!

4:30 AM  
Blogger A.R.Yngve said...

You could make Salmon Glue(tm)
from the bones....
;)

8:53 AM  

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