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Animal Heads of Welcome

Nothing says “Come on in and have a splendid meal!” like an animal head outside the front door. I had to stop to admire this stuffed wild boar noggin at a nice restaurant in Ebisu because it’s so unusual to find mammals doing the honors. Usually here, it’s fish heads.

This venerable dude was soliciting customers outside a restaurant featuring grilled bonito heads on the menu.
This trio of toothsome lovelies are chorusing, “Fish of Welcome!” “Come in!”

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Jonelle Patrick View All

Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

3 thoughts on “Animal Heads of Welcome Leave a comment

  1. The grilled bonito head looks gross, but it’s actually pretty tasty. I don’t eat the eyes or anything gross, but the cheek meat is deliciously tender and smoky-tasting. I did butch up and look at the roast lamb’s head pix on that site you pointed to, and discovered that WHEW it doesn’t look too lambs-heady on the plate. Kind of…temptingly roasted, in fact.

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