Amid all the controversy surrounding Japan’s whale hunting programme — which of course is for research purposes only — restaurant chain Lucky Pierrot last week made the mammoth mammal part of its regular menu. A company official stating that the eatery was merely utilizing stock obtained for study purposes.
The hunting of whales is usually defended in Japan by claims that it is traditional, and Lucky Pierrot spokesperson Miku Oh followed a well worn path by saying, â€œPeople in other countries may think eating whale is strange, but it is our culture.â€ However part of the culture or not, the divisive delicacy is presumably not the most scrumptious and sweet smelling of foodstuffs, as Oh-san was quick to point out that it is cooked in such a way that, â€œit tastes like beef and tuna, and since it is deep fried, it has no odour.â€
The latter point especially could lead many opponents of whaling to suggest that simply eating beef or tuna instead would be a whole lot easier — and far less trouble. Yet such a proposition would presumably fall foul of the aforementioned ‘it’s traditional’ argument.
A point clearly emphasised by Lucky Pierrot and its decision to serve whale in that time-honoured Japanese dish — the burger.