September 24

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Whale Bacon

The friend I went to Tsukiji with this week told me that when she was growing up in Kyushu, the only kind of bacon they ever had at home was whale bacon. Apparently, it’s always eaten raw, so when she was reading an American book years later and the dialogue was about the smell of frying bacon wafting through the house in the morning, her first thought was, “EWWWW!”

If you’d like to check out the Tsukiji Outer Market for yourself the next time you’re in Tokyo, maps are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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