Disclaimer: This article contains images of whale meat. Please do not read if you are offended by seeing such images.

The moratorium on Japan’s controversial whaling program, in place since 1982, will come to a close at the end of this month. On December 26, 2018, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide announced that Japan would withdraw from the International Whaling Commission and resume commercial whaling in Japanese territorial waters from July 1, 2019.

This will put Japan together with Iceland and Norway in the group of countries conducting commercial whaling.

In preparation, the Japanese branch of Myklebust Hvalprodukter AS, one of Norway's largest whale meat processors and exporters, has launched an online whale meat products retailer website called kujiraniku.com くじらにく.com and published what it is calling a "Whale Meat Cooking Manual" containing recipes. Japanese, Korean and Western-style dishes are included.

For informational purposes, we dispassionately present a few pages from this publication:


Text: "We want to let all of Japan know about the tastiness of whale meat."

A few "end result" images...


Unesu (underbelly) bacon

A recipe instruction page...


This cookbook will presumably be of assistance to people inclined to eat whale meat.

By - grape Japan editorial staff.