Curious Question on Japan 2. Whale 鯨(くじら)

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May 11, 2010 21:28
I wonder why Japanese kill whales.

according to one explanation, we were prohibited to eat meat of the animal with four legs when Buddhism was introduced to Japan so the culture to eat fish have developed in Japan.

As a whale believed to be one of fin was a primary source of protein, it became a popular diet in the Edo Period.

It is said that the Japanese people were saved by the whale meat amid the food shortages after World War II.

Nowadays, we don't have much opportunity to eat the whale meat but it had taken root throughout our lives and cultures for Japanese people.
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