Much like the sports thread that I started a few days ago, this thread can be used to share stories about Japan with each other. Aside from Tofugu which I check every day, I also read http://www.japanprobe.com/ for news. Japan Probe has some interesting stories and some are pretty funny.
I’m on the fence whether to try Fugu or not. While I’m sure it tastes nice, the thought that some of the poision could still remain frightens me. Has anyone tried Fugu before. If so, how did it taste? Were you worried about any chance of poison being accidently left on the fish?
I know very little about fugu other than it’s very expensive and that the restaurants that serve it have a red lantern outside and that it is best to eat in winter. I also read somewhere that it”s not the fish that makes the toxin but in fact it comes from the food chain…it eats lots of bacteria that make the poison.
I’m told that the toxin is a neuro-toxin though and the reason people like fugu is that in the small quantities ingested in properly prepared fugu it gives a ‘high’. I don’t think I would refuse it if it was offered but I also won’t be looking for it.
Did you hear about the penguin that escaped from Tokyo sea life park in March has been found swimming in Tokyo Bay….fair play Mr Penguin.