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.
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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!