Many Brazilians discriminate against Japan and Japanese immigrants in our country because of the rumors that, in Japan, people eat disgusting things, such as rats, insects, dogs, frogs, and even human flesh.
is this really true? How in Japan, a first world country, can people eat such horrible things? If they eat these kinds of things, how come they don't get sick? We will try to discuss this in this article.
Do the Japanese really eat this kind of stuff?
It is true that in Japan some people eat things like raw fish, and some other dishes that cause controversy (like the dish Katsu Ika Odori-don). However, in Japan no it is customary to eat things like mice, dogs, frogs, etc. Surely they probably find it disgusting, just like we Brazilians do. It's hard for anyone not to find this sort of thing disgusting.
Of course, in Japan, in some rare cases you can find frogs or some other strange thing. However, this is not part of any Japanese tradition or culture. We can compare it with Brazil, where rabbits, snakes and other strange animals are eaten. However, I personally haven't met anyone here in Brazil who eats rabbits, even though I know it's not uncommon. In the same way that if someone eats a certain exotic dish, it is something super rare.
Eating a dog in Japan is very unlikely, since a dog in Japan is very expensive, and there are no street dogs. After the second world war, food shortages forced the Japanese to feed on other sources, such as insects for example, but nowadays this is very rare.
Where do people get these ideas from?
If it's not customary to eat this kind of thing, why do people spread this kind of thing? Was it hatred of Japan? Not really. This happens because of people's mania for saying that "oriental, it's all the same".
In China, was customary to eat dogs, insects and other animals. Dog meat was part of a very ancient Chinese diet. At that time, dogs were not seen as pets, but as a wild animal, and were treated as a wild animal. They used to season the dog meat with some herbs and Chinese spices and let it cook for several hours.
But today, with the criticism and pressure from the Western media, eating dog meat is an increasingly rare act. However, there are still people who eat dog meat in China in order to preserve the tradition. In the case of insects, this is really common in some countries in Asia, due to poverty and food shortages. If you can, leave your opinion on this controversial subject.
Below we will leave a video showing some of the Chinese cuisine of STREET! Because, for the most part, exotic dishes are eaten at fairs, festivals and street stalls.