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Nagano tries to preserve traditional insect dishes

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Well I don't think there will be any international protests about this "cultural" part of Japan!

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It's great to see that they're trying to encourage the continuing tradition - a strange suggestion to the west, but great to think that there will be a continued tradition.

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I'v eaten baby bees a couple of times. Tasted rather meh and was supposed to increase my libido. (Couldn't tell if it did or not since I was young and very libidious at the time.)

I think some traditions should die out. We're no longer dirt poor forest dwellers anymore.

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Well I don't think there will be any international protests about this "cultural" part of Japan!

LOL exactly. I like to eat many things and am open to try almost anything, but eating insects is out for me.

Having said that, more power to them for keeping this tradition alive.

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I dunno - given that the insect population worldwide is in serious decline, do we really need to preserve traditions like this one? Other creatures need these larvae and the adult flies they grow into as food, after all - it's not as if the local river fish or the amphibians or the birds can pop out for a bowl of ramen or a burger instead.

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I think some traditions should die out. We're no longer dirt poor forest dwellers anymore.

That's a fair comment, though maybe "should be allowed to die out" would be more accurate. There are cases where public money is used to support traditions that are naturally dying out, because the locals themselves aren't bothered about doing them any more.

"We would like people to learn about the merits of our traditional culture so that it can be preserved as part of people's lives,"

It is dying out because it is not part of people's lives. If volunteers want to save it, that's fine, but both the local and government will have better things to spend money on, non-traditional air conditioning in classrooms and on-demand transport for old people as examples.

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Believe it or not, edible insects is becoming a fad amongst hipsters as a sustainable meat-alternative.

Cricket protein is also becoming popular with body builders as insects, ounce-for-ounce, contain twice as much protein as beef.

https://criknutrition.com/pages/why-cricket-protein-powder

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Believe it or not, edible insects is becoming a fad amongst hipsters as a sustainable meat-alternative.

I've heard about this. I have a major mental block to eating insects though. It's an area I have a hard time using logic over emotion.

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ate some cooked bugs in chocolate for a class once. tasted like burnt popcorn. Still prefer potatoes and sweet potatoes. They don't move and are organelles of plants that they themselves use as energy

hipsters would rather eat insects that potatoes I guess. Really weird

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Transfer the Chinese tourists from Tokyo to there please, their insect desserts are treat for them there

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We would like people to learn about the merits of our traditional culture so that it can be preserved as part of people's lives," said an Ina city official.

UNESCO listing coming up in a flash.

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Eating insects or going to Coco??? I think I will go to Coco.

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The main dish at my coming out wedding was Nagano grasshoppers. Nice gesture as a vegetarian, but...too much Shoyo.

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This story really bugs me.

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Good luck and power to them, just don't ask for UNESCO heritage status to help, nor our taxes.

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non-traditional air conditioning in classrooms and on-demand transport for old people as examples.

As we prepare for a non traditional 415ppm of CO2 in the air, as we desperately try to save the bee, this story of eating Caddisfly Larvae is rather sad really.

Over here (Australia), we're desperately trying to save Coral and associated marine life.

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I went to an insect restaurant once and it had a problem with cockroaches. So I had to have beetles instead.

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In a changing environ they say its rather crickets for insect protein food.

But then Shangri-La has a lot of water.

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Tradition or survival food in tough time?

BTW, I think there is nothing wrong in eating insects as an efficient protein supply.

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I've heard about this. I have a major mental block to eating insects though. It's an area I have a hard time using logic over emotion.

Kind of feel the same way although I did try small grasshoppers in Mexico..roasted in a bag and kind of like popcorn.

Then again, they say shrimp/prawns are basically ocean dwelling insects, and most of use eat those without a care.

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There is a dish to be found on izakaya menus in Akita called 'inago', which is essentially grasshoppers fried up in a teriyaki glaze- soy sauce, sugar, sake, mirin.

What began for me as a boozy challenge (I try everything), turned into a trusty staple to my spread of izakaya dishes I'd order. The stuff is pretty darn good, and nutritionally wholesome to boot.

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Often seen this traditon in Japanese family drama films, children picking up insects, 1991 Shimanto River and 2007 A gentle breeze in the village and many more.

But it's in Fear Factor, Aren't there Japanese shows like that? Well, mayne only in Museum and in Restaurants.

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I've eaten crickets, worms, snails. No problems with it. And of course, most of you have ingested crushed insects, as the cochineal ingredient is used to color many foods.

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Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup.

Just the one, ma’am?

Food like that makes my skin crawl.

One thing that bugs me about food in Nagano...

”Come get you mandibles around our lunch specials”

OK, sorry, I’m done now.

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ubaruMar. 4 07:05 am JST

Well I don't think there will be any international protests about this "cultural" part of Japan!

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This is certainly better food than whale from an international norms perspective

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I'm grateful there's no accompanying photo with this article.

Waiter, there’s a fly in my soup.

Just the one, ma’am?

Even better:

He won't eat much. Tee hee!

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