Thursday, January 26, 2006

Can school lunch be scientific?

To taste or not?
Now the other day I was presented with the mandarine and potato salad. I could pretty much guess what I was trying when they placed it in front of me. I guess you could say that I felt quite safe.
Please note today's dish presented above...
When this was presented to me I hesitated. Firstly as it is black. Secondly, it is not appetising (what do you think?)
Anyway... I made a good choice. Finally an English teacher entered the room. I hadn't touched my food. I asked him what it was... I didn't notice the principal standing in front of me as I asked. The principal was the first to answer. He doesn't really speak ANY English...
"Whale! Sorry!"
He said to me. The English teacher also stated that it was whale. Hmmm, I thought.
"Want mine".
"Yes," he replied with delight in his eyes.

Now this is a school of about 300 people. Everyone got whale for lunch. It is supposed to be expensive but we only pay about $2.50 for lunch each day. How can the government convince people the whale they eat is killed for scientific purposes. Why does killing them for scientific purposes make it okay anyway?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's really yukky wellen, i'm so glad you didn't eat it.
Will send some real food to you soon... Picnics and cherry ripes i think, were what you requested!
Love and kisses,
April.
xxx

superrelish said...

OK, so I think I will join you on the boycotting of todays lunch. Not only did your lunch once swim (therefore classified as seafood on the planet I am from), but HELLO - it is whale!

goongirl said...

Acutally most whale on sale in Japan is not a "great whale" (the big ones like blue whale/minke/fin whale etc, it is usually dolphin or some other smaller cetacean.

http://www.safetyfirst.gr.jp/english/index.html

Patrick from Iwakuni pointed this site out. Heavy metals hmmm yummo.

I love what Green Peace was doing in the southern ocean.

Turning Japanese said...

Eugh! Steph, I read that webpage you linked. Why isn't it written in Japanese? They don't have to convince me not to eat it!