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Chapan’s Surrealistic Side of Japan

Posted by ampontan on Thursday, March 1, 2007

After seeing the Ampontan post on fugu, reader Chapan sent along a link to a post on the same subject from his blog, The Surrealistic Side of Japan. It’s worth reading—it’s well-researched, and, because Chapan is a novelist, well-written.

His site has only a few posts so far, but the ones I saw were excellent. Here’s an informative one on Roppongi. (It was informative for me: I’ve lived in Japan since 1984, but have been to Tokyo only once and never to Roppongi, though of course I know its reputation.) The post on the stinking fish of kusaya, a delicacy I’ve never tried, is also interesting.

I did have a Korean version of stinking fish in Busan one night a few years ago. I forget what it was called, but it wasn’t grilled. I’m pretty adventuresome when it comes to trying new foods, especially when other people go out of their way to serve them to me, but that was a dish it would take me quite a while to learn how to appreciate.

Good luck with your novel, Chapan. I look forward to reading more from the Japan’s surrealistic side in the future.

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