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Every culture has their unique foods, and Japan is no exception. Here are a few that I found the most intriguing. Anyone try one of these dishes? Please share your experience, and especially if you know somewhere in the city that serves these unique Japanese dishes, maybe a Dojo outing is in order.

Every culture has their unique foods, and Japan is no exception. Here are a few that I found the most intriguing. Anyone try one of these dishes? Please share your experience, and especially if you know somewhere in the city that serves these unique Japanese dishes, maybe a Dojo outing is in order.

Shirako 「白子」(Fish Sperm)
Shirako is the male genitalia of fish, the actual sack that contains its seminal fluid. According to the Food and Wine website, it is “Available only in winter months, shirako is considered a delicacy in Japan and can be eaten raw or cooked.

I must admit, this dish seems to be more on the level of Anthony Bourdain. I’m not sure if I would be the one at our table trying this one. Would you?

Inago no Tsukudani 「いなごの佃煮」(Grasshoppers)
Inago no Tsukudani is a traditional Japanese cuisine. You can find this grasshopper insect dish in the inland rural communities of Yamagata, Nagano and Gunma prefectures. “Inago” is Japanese for “grasshopper.” It is simmered with “tsukudani,” a sweetened soy sauce. These guys are deep fried.

According to the Inago Connoisseur’s Society, “In parts of Japan, they’re served as bar snacks, just like beer nuts. Crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Once you have had one, you just can’t stop.”

Bring on a bowl, I would definitely give this one a try!

Shirouo no Odorigui 「シロウオの踊り食い」(Dancing Icefish)
Shirouo are very small transparent fish that are eaten alive. They are supposed to dance in your mouth while being eaten.  This movement may take some time to get used to. You can find this in fresh fish markets and restaurants near or along the seaside of Japan.

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