Nagano police bust up cannabis tempura camping party


Late last month, a 51-year-old resident of Azumino City, Nagano Prefecture, Kazuhiko Shirasaka, allegedly called together a camping party with around 30 other people including 62-year-old Naofumi Katsuragawa who lived in nearby Ikeda town.

The party kicked off on the evening of Sept 28 and would run into the next day. Those in attendance were indulging in marijuana both by smoking as well as by battering and frying it into crispy cannabis tempura.

Either there was large amount of smoking going on or the ragtime was a little too loud as someone sent in a report to the police of a “marijuana party in progress at the campsite.”

Police arrived on the scene and arrested Shirasaka and Katsuragawa for violating the Cannabis Control Act along with 40-year-old Takao Iwasaki of Aichi Prefecture.

Shirasaka and Iwasaki both face charges of possession of a controlled substance while Katsuragawa is also accused of growing 97 cannabis plants at his home.

Source: Yomiuri Online

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Taddle-tales are everywhere in Japan, so if you're going to light up a spliff or fry a one-hitter-quitter in tempura batter, you'd best do it in private.

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Bet they were dancing, too!

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Pass the dutchie pon the left hand side! Tempura mottainai, the cops ate it and are now headed to get the 97 plants!

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Hightime is all fine and good but getting busted with pot, in public - worse yet, in Japan - Ouch, bad move!!

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These guys were getting fried with tempura buds. and NO Dancing either.

Wheres the fun in this place gone?

One must remain dull, solemn, unsmiling and dreary.

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kids these days! ;-)

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Gotta agree with Taj. Note the age group. They are all long-lived hippies from the 70's. But, it also shows that pot is much more popular in Japan than authorities and the Gov would like to admit.

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Time to end Prohibition anyway.

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Taddle-tales are everywhere in Japan

@combinibento--This is absolutely true. I have overheard my neighbors talking about me and things they checked at my place of work, and heard them from my very own yard while just going about my business. And they did not even have the courtesy to refer to me by name but just call me "gaijin". Neighbors here are more like spies. Snitch is not a bad word here.

And I hope the snitch in this story gets thoroughly scrutinized as so often happens in Japan. May the cops turn his life upside-down for his big mouth ratting out people doing no harm to anyone.

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Poor old hippies! Should have known better. Should have stuc with the dope tempura and not starting smoking things in camp ground

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Dissolutioned, how does one hippy party show how popular weed is in Japan? It's an anecdote at best.

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Tempura. Never thought about that. Could be a hit in California.

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"Let's cannabisu camping!"

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This story should surprise a lot of people who don't know Japan very well.

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Hope all the Konbinis in the area were locked down.

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What a bunch of killjoys

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Pathetic japanese police. This is the extent of their capabilities. They're no where to be found during REAL crimes as murder, rape, burglary.....basically when you need them the most.

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CoconutE3Oct. 23, 2013 - 10:29PM JST Pathetic japanese police. This is the extent of their capabilities. They're no where to be found during REAL crimes as >murder, rape, burglary.....basically when you need them the most

Yes I'm sure this all the police were doing at the time.

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