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  • YouRang?

    How dare you rag on Rose Sweat Chewing Gum? Didn’t you realize it’s SUGARLESS?

    Don’t know nuthin’ ’bout no cucumber Pepsi, but at our local Safeway I get 8 0r 10 bottles of Mr. Q Cumber every week as it’s my favorite soda. It’s the only one I’ve ever discovered that tastes good warm.

    I wonder of the average Japanese person has eve eaten crocodile. I have and it’s delicious.

    I suspect most Japanese people would consider us weird and revolting because we eat that white stuff in the middle of Twinkies. What the heck IS that, anyway?

    Anyway, very funny list, Cesary, and I hope the P.Cl. crowd didn’t get you down.

  • Babydoll3133

    What about Dolley Madison’s love of Oyster Ice Cream?

    While I’m not sure if I would eat beef tongue (I won’t even eat that without the ice cream) or the horse, I might try the chicken. Of course I HAVE had buffalo and really like it, so perhaps horse wouldn’t be too much of a stretch.

    And the Collon things – they look like these little pretzels filled with cheese – some are pizza or cheeseburger flavored – we get here in the states.

    As for the cucumber pepsi – I would love to try that.

    And someone mentioned Pocky – I LOVE pocky – especially the strawberry.

  • Anii

    Horse? Is there a problem with eating horse. We even eat horse here in Germany. Well actually I can say Germans find these kind of things coming from Japan less weird and disgusting than Americans do.

  • teddy dave

    I love these ‘weird’ sites, because what’s weird to me is also interesting. I hope to visit Japan and taste (some of) these things; it’s good to know what to look for!

    I have some ‘weird’ food habits of my own that are probably passed down through family tradition; some people say ‘ewww’; I just say they are my comfort foods and perfectly normal to me.

    As for horse, I can’t eat it because I’ve had horses as pets. Same with dog and cat. Heck, I’m having trouble with fish now, as I have set up an aquarium and have gotten to ‘know’ the fish as pets. So that’s probably the sticking point with a lot of people. We went to Peru, and as much as I wanted to eat the ‘normal’ things there, I could not do ‘cuy’, which is guinea pig. I’ve had guinea pigs as pets. So that is my personal limit. Each to their own.

    My husband’s family is Lao, so some of the things perfectly normal in SE Asia and in his family are gross to me. We kind of trade back and forth; they take what they like of my culture and leave what they can’t stomach. Same with me and theirs. I’ve discovered a lot of cool stuff because of them, but there are some things I’ll probably never try. That’s ok, as long as nobody gets offended or mad. It’s just the way you are raised and what you are/are not comfortable with.

    You want strange? Check out some of the sites with what women crave when they are pregnant! The body is wise enough to know what it needs and when to eat it.

    It’s all good, and endlessly fascinating.

  • Foreign Filmhouse

    Eel soda and curry lemonade is simply hilarious. Love to try it once. Not sure if I will love it. Great list!

  • ?3. Roasted Baby Crabs
    It’s not baby but adult?Japanese Freshwater Crab (Geothelphusa dehaani).

  • Dimitri

    I live in Japan and, aside from the collon biscuits, I’ve never even seen any of these snacks or drinks. That guy had to dig pretty deep to come up with this stuff, some of which might be weird to the average Japanese too.

    Regardless, don’t be so closed-minded. Different cultures have different tastes. Have you even tried half the things on this list? The list could have been funny if it weren’t accompanied by the most racist drivel I’ve come across in ages.

    Oh, and I’ve never seen people lap up milk and dairy products like they do here (except in the US). They love cheese, and anything creamy. Lots of people eat toast with jam for breakfast and spaghetti bolognese or KFC for dinner here. The only flavor of ice cream I’ve seen here that I haven’t seen in other countries is sweet red bean.

    If you want weird food, how about Spam or turducken? 70% of Americans* eat rattlesnake and cactus fries too.

    * Made up on the spot (the number, not the food)

  • teddy

    We work to be able to travel and see ‘weird’ things and eat ‘weird’ food. It’s the experiene of a different culture that is so compelling to me. I love to see how different countries, different people live, eat, work, socialize. I haven’t been to Japan (yet!), but I can hardly wait. We’ve come home sick from eating from vendor carts in alleys, LOL, and it’s all part of the fun and excitement. And I’d do it all over again, no matter where I am (though I doubt that will be a problem in Japan) What’s the point of thinking everything different is bad? Even if I don’t eat it (cuy in Peru, probably won’t try horse ice cream in Japan), it’s intriguing to see and know about. I am American, from the South, and I’m pretty sure not only those in other countries, but other Americans would think some of the foods I grew up with are ‘weird’. That’s ok with me. It’s just part of learning and sharing with each other. But I am not overweight, nor do I eat in restaurants frequently, drive a huge car, or any of the other perceptions about Americans, though I can see where one would get that impression. Whenyou visit the US, you will see parts and pieces of our culture, and I hope you are interested and come away enlightened and maybe with some ‘wow, they eat WHAT?!?’ stories from here.

  • sarang semut

    Huh, japan is weird…

  • Eyedunno

    I found this article through and was surprised to find it was by Cezary Jan Strusiewicz of fame.

    They sap it completely of humor and butcher the hell out of it in the “quotes” though.

    Here’s my rough translation back into English of the horse one. 😛
    “I can’t believe there’s beef tongue, raw horse, and chicken wing ice cream, but it actually exists in Japan. Horse… Horse! I can’t come up with a reason to tolerate this. I often eat beef tongue, so that’s fine, but aside from Japanese people, I expect horse to be out of the question. And I can’t see why you’d make it into ice cream.”

    • Yoshi

      The British newspaper The Daily Mail reports that every year, 100,000 live horses are transported into and around the European Union for human consumption, mainly to Italy but also to France and Belgium.

      Italy is world’s 5th most producer of horse meat for human consumption and Japan is not even scored within 10th.

      Europeans eat more horse meat than Japanese.

      • Eyedunno

        Yeah, that was my response as well… “Don’t they eat horse meat in, like, Austria too?!”

        The bad translation that suggests that only Japan would eat horse is lame. Now horse ice cream? Yeah, that’s pretty much only Japan, but it’s getemono there as well – that ice cream company specializes in weird stuff, much like the companies that make scorpion lollipops in the U.S.