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What Japanese People Talk About At The Aquarium

Can apparently be made into quite tasty sashimi. WHO KNEW?
Can apparently be made into quite tasty sashimi. WHO KNEW?

So, today as I wandered around the Sunshine City Aquarium, I couldn’t help but overhear a few conversations between my fellow fish enthusiasts.

Wow, look at the size of that thing. It could easily feed an entire family.
Wow, look at the size of that thing. It could easily feed an entire family.
After some discussion, it was decided that this kind is best served grilled.
After some discussion, it was decided that this kind is best served grilled.
But this kind makes excellent sushi.
But this kind makes excellent sushi.
Skewered and grilled over charcoal, with salt.
Skewered and grilled over charcoal, with salt.

When not eavesdropping on Japanese peoples’ dinner plans, Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Tokyo

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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!

4 thoughts on “What Japanese People Talk About At The Aquarium Leave a comment

  1. Sick, sick, sick. I went to a horse show the other day and commented that I hoped none of the food booths were selling horse. My friend commented that that would be particularly inappropriate and I commented that I don’t eat horse for the same reason I don’t eat kitten. And I don’t go to aquariums to look for dinner!

    • Haha, I don’t either, but since I come from a long line of midwestern hunters and fishermen, I’m afraid most of my relatives would have been saying the same sort of thing 😛

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