Japan doesn’t stop catching whales despite the criticism from anti-whaling nations and groups. Why aren’t Japanese people satisfied with other meat such as beef or pork? Are the Japanese really savage and eat many poor whales?
Actually, the Japanese don’t eat meat so much. Most of them eat half a pound of meat as a maximum in a day. And then, they eat whale even less.
Most Japanese people eat whale less than once a year. Whale meat has a very characteristic flavor, it’s absolutely different from beef. Whale meat is regarded as a delicacy and as nibbles. There is no black market of whales like some people say. Many Japanese consider it a ridiculous rumor, because they prefer not to pay a lot of money to eat whale.
However, the Japanese think that whale-catching is an important tradition. Catching whales in Japan has about 800 years of history, and there are many shrines in Japan which worship whales.
Some aquariums in Japan rear some small whales which are popular for Japanese visitors. Whales have been familiar in various ways for long time.