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Meat seller in rural Japan encourages bulk-buying amid pandemic

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Don't bother looking if you can't afford at least 6000 yen per kilo plus 1400 yen postage. I'd expect even butchers in Ginza to have wagyu in that price range.

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The power and beauty of a block of meat shook my heart," Katane said.

I would REALLY love to see what she actually said in Japanese. This sounds like a cherry-picked comment and probably embellished as well!

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"The power and beauty of a block of meat shook my heart," Katane said.

This is what happens when cholesterol levels rise...

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I guess there will be even more freezer needs now.

The Meat Guy has been selling bulk meat for years.

I still prefer to pick up small quantities as there is nothing worse tasting than freezer burned meat.

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"I hope people feel the excitement of holding a big chunk of meat in their hands and experience joy when they think about how to prepare it," said Katane, 45.

"The power and beauty of a block of meat shook my heart," Katane said.

I'm not going to say anything... just let her words speak for themselves....

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I would REALLY love to see what she actually said in Japanese. This sounds like a cherry-picked comment and probably embellished as well!

The headline and article as a whole are riddled with forced associations and cliches. The lady's address is the center of Niigata City, population 791,000. That's less "rural" that Glasgow or Manchester. Or what is left of the Motor City itself, Detroit.

Most people are buying a 2kg block of meat, something you'd roast whole or cut into big steaks for a cookout. One or two meals is not "bulk buying", and the "pandemic" likely has nothing to do with it.

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Translation: Order bulk and put more yen in her bank.

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Transformational inspiration comes in many forms - but a 2 kilo chunk of meat delivery?

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I'm not going to say anything... just let her words speak for themselves....

She obviously likes the black Angus, whereas I, on the other hand, have to settle for a pork shank in these times of lockdown.

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yeah if there is a pandemic we recommend get more niku down your gullet, cram more all-you-can-eat flesh into your stomach, slay more animals, line yourself with more grease, pile up the bones

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Sounds like she is the Mari Kondo of meat preparation!

This weird analogy does not spark joy.

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During the times when people were panic-buying TP and alcohol (for disinfectant) in the US, there was a shortage of meats, especially pork because of COVID outbreaks in meat processing plants. This was around May or June, and here in Ohio there was also a shortage of dedicated freezers.

People were buying them up so they could hoard meat. We found a small chest freezer for around $169 and kept our needs stocked when we could find them. Right now the panic-buying seems to be alcohol and (weirdly) Grape Nuts. Oh, and canned cat food.

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 if there is a pandemic we recommend get more niku down your gullet, cram more all-you-can-eat flesh into your stomach, slay more animals, line yourself with more grease, pile up the bones

Stop - you're making me hungry!

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My first thought. More land is going to be needed to raise more animals to put in our mouths. Moderation people, moderation

Chickens don't actually need that much space. Cow pasture can be rotated with chickens who eat the bugs that grow on the dung too. There are many better ways than factory farming but they're not as convenient

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6000 JPY/kg for prime wagyu could be really inexpensive. I've seen cuts going for double or more, it all depends actually on the quality and brand.

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Meat seller in rural Japan encourages bulk-buying 

Maybe if I had the space for a second freezer I would do it.

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My first thought. More land is going to be needed to raise more animals to put in our mouths. Moderation people, moderation

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Junko Katane opened Oniku Japan (meaning "Meat Japan") in Niigata in 2016 and the shop's sales jumped tenfold in 2020 from the previous year as more people became stay-at-home cooks under the pandemic.

My better half has been using the Meat Guy for years. I hope she realizes that when the pandemic ends, the reverse effect is more than likely to happen but good luck to her. I may check it out one day.

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The Meat Guy has been doing this for roughly 10 years now, and its sales are incredible, servicing a lot of Japan. I recommend it.

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The Meat Guy has been doing this for roughly 10 years now, and its sales are incredible, servicing a lot of Japan. I recommend it.

We got a brilliant turkey for Xmas from them. Definitely will use again. For most meat, though, you can probably get decent cuts from your local butcher.

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Sounds like she is the Mari Kondo of meat preparation!

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Meanwhile, sales of plant-based (ie vegan) food have shot up (even more) during the pandemic in countries like UK, just coming off yet another successful Veganuary.

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