Yes, It’s Exactly What It Looks Like
If you guessed squid guts, squid guts and squid guts, you win the trifecta! But very tasty ones, apparently, since they sell a mountain of these at the Hokkaido store in Sugamo.
I’ve occasionally been faced with these at the Japanese restaurants called izakaya, where you’re served a small snack with your drink order whether you need one or not. Most of these appetizers are monstrously salty, so you down your beer extra fast, but I think the squid guts category is more of the “chug your beer for courage before downing them like a goldfish that’s still wiggling” variety.
Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo Mystery Series.