Mr. Dillard, thank you for emailing me this link. In a word “fascinating!” In another word, “creepy.”I haven’t been to Hakodate or to an ikezukuri restaurant, but this was a pretty good look at one.
I love trying new foods here in Japan, because there are so many good one to try. I saw this video, though and it send a chill through me. Have you ever heard of ikezukuri or ikezukuri(いきずくり, いけずくり or 生き作; (I hope the hiragana and kanji are okay on this one))? Well, if you’re not familiar. Ikezukuri is a type of sushi that is prepared and eaten alive. While I truly love sushi, but I’m not a fan of eating it while it’s still moving. I think this dish qualifies as ikezukuri, but it’s a little bit more disturbing than some of the other videos I’ve seen. When you pour soy sauce on the squid, it starts “dancing.” You’re supposed to eat it, but I don’t think I could do it:
It gives a new meaning to the word “fresh.” I’m sorry but that’s just a bit TOO fresh for me. Listen, I know humans are types of animals, too, but I guess I’m not in-tune enough with my animal instincts to pull this off. Some may even argue that this is quite natural in the wild…so what’s the problem? When I think about it, it does seem very like something you’d see on the Discovery Channel, just take away the trees and grass and instead replace with building chairs and air-conditioning. I’d feel like “Civilized Wildlife” eating this thing.
I know I’ll eventually have a chance to go to one of these. It’s highly, and I do mean highly, likely that I won’t be eating anything, but rest assured that I’ll be filming when I do go.
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