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I knew in Korea and China people eat dog meat. But you can imagine my surprise when I discovered a restaurant in Tokyo – Japan, where dog meat could be consumed.
In April 2012, while I was talking with friends, I was surprised to discover that people in Japan could consume dog meat. To do this, just simply visit the neighborhood of Shin-Okubo in Tokyo. But is that the Japanese really eat dogs?
Dog meat in a … Chinese restaurant
The dog is an animal very popular and especially liked by the Japanese. It is not uncommon to see, usually small, dogs with their owners on the streets of Japan. With the cat, it is certainly the favorite animal of Japanese.
So when I learned that a restaurant offered dog meat consumption, I was amazed. This is why I decided to go check it out to see it with my own eyes. In reality, it is not a Japanese restaurant but a Chinese restaurant, located in Koreatown (Shin-Okubo) in Tokyo. This certainly explains this, as residents of these countries are dog meat eaters.
Dog Meat: What does it taste like?
Being curious by nature, I would have liked attempted to taste the dog’s meat. But I say “wish to try” because I did not do it for reasons that are personal to me. However, a friend decided to volunteer for me. This is one Canadian friend : Sean. We therefore visited this restaurant on 6 September 2012.
After entering the site, we settled at a table and ordered a basic plate of dog meat for 2000 Yen (about 26 dollars). For my part, I focused on a dish of seafood.
When the meat dish was served, I admit that its contents seemed most appealing. So much so that it made me want to devour it. I also think that most people, if they do not know that it is dog meat, will eat it without any problem. In any case, my friend, did try it.
It is armed with a fourk that Sean enjoyed the meat. From the first bites impressions were made: tasty meat and tender at the same time. After a few minutes, his plate was empty and the experience was over.
So we headed out and we paid the bill. At this point, we tried to learn a little more about the origin of this unusual meat. The only information we could get was that dog meat originated in China and that the animal was of average size.
To eat dog : it may shock but …
As I write this article, I already know that some people will be shocked, offended or whatever more. I understand their reactions and I respect that. However, I would like to clarify several points here:
It is not Japanese culture but a foreign culture very well established locally.
This is not because in our countries and cultures we do not eat this or that meat that those who consume are “barbarians” or whatever else.
We must learn to respect cultures that are very different from ours even if we do not necessarily understand them.
For some people eating dog is more than normal, as for others it is normal to eat kangaroo, rabbit, horse, camel or any other food.
Personally I have nothing against the use of animals as long as they are handled and slaughtered under conditions which do not reflect any abuse towards them.
Hoping that you will understand my point of view on this issue.
So here is this experience for the least original in a country where so many things are possible. Moreover, I would like to know your opinion on dog meat, consumption and the fact that a restaurant offers it in Japan, where dogs are so often loved, cherished and even idolized.
Find out Shin-Okubo on Google Maps (the restaurant is located in front of the 7-11 close to Shin-Okubo station)