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Thursday, October 30, 2003
By now you've probably seen the dolphin tape. Drudge broke the story a few days ago and Blog immediately assumed that the entire thing was a hoax. Japanese fisherman slaughtering adorable dolphins? Rivers of blood that look like raspberry Kool Aid? Come on, this picture looks like it was put together in Photoshop 2.0. The Associated Press picked up the story today. Apparently, there's a tape to go along with the picture. It's real after all.
Dolphin meat is obviously illegal in the United States but readably available in parts of Asia and even as far away as Peru. According to this website, dolphin was sold in cans in the US as late as the 1950s before environmental and culture concerns lead to its prohibition.
Would you eat a propoise steak? Blog....yes, Blog would. Still, the dolphin video is only one a million examples of the fact that Japan is, well, a little kooky in the head. "Lost in Translation" offers a peak at the lighter side of the nation's eccentricities but evidence like dolphin burgers suggest that Japan is as depraved as Hannibal Lector at a Atkins convention.
Still not convinced? This link leads to pictures of a peculiar Japanese arcade game, "peculiar" meaning perverted and twisted. You've been warned. Enjoy!