What’s the Strangest Thing You’ve Eaten in Japan?

Sometimes weird things can actually taste really good.

Whenever you visit a new place, are you inclined to try the weirdest food you can find? Or do you steer clear and just visit popular spots with appetizing menus? They say a great way to get to know a place is to try its cuisine. But what if they’re not food we’re normally accustomed to eating?

It wasn’t too long ago when we
made some Pinoys try natto, a fermented soybean dish that’s quite popular in Japan. Yamaimo, or grated Japanese yam, is another slimy food that the Japanese usually have with soba. Some people who aren’t used to eating their eggs raw might find it strange that nama tamago is a staple in Japanese households. In the wintertime, fugu (pufferfish) is also served as a delicacy. Just make sure you try this at a reputable restaurant as the deadly poison that comes from the fish can be fatal!

We were curious about what other strange things tourists have tried when they travel to Japan. Here are a few things we found out.

“Squid ink burger from a seasonal promo by McDonald's Japan for Halloween.” —Karen

“Horse sashimi.” —Phoebe

“Powdered beer.” —Cass

“Eel gizzard, mentaiko, and beef tongue.” —Stephanie

Have you eaten something that’s not on the list? Share them with us!

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