Do people really eat tanuki?

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  • sdfh s
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    Yes, people eat tanuki udon, though I prefer kitsune myself. If you think that's strange, you should try kappa-maki. But because kappa are an endangered species, some sushi shops don't admit to selling it. If you want it, you should lean over really close to the chef & whisper your order in his ear. And it helps if you secretly pass him an extra 1000yen or so.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because raccoon dog is not cultivated but just hunting game in limited official hunting season, the supply is scarcely limited. Most of Japanese never eat tanuki but rabit or sort of fake instead actually.

    In addition, tanuki soba or tanuki udon is just name only. It doesn't contain any tanuki meat or tanuki extract. It is soba or udon with topping something non-animal products deep-fried that old people long time ago once had thought it as if tasted like tanuki or much better.

    Raccoon dog meat has heavy animal smell urinal. This modern society of Japan people prefer beef, pork and/or chicken much more to wild animal meat. They don't need to eat tanuki anymore.

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  • 4 years ago

    Tanuki Udon Recipe

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  • 1 decade ago

    You realize there are a lot food that are considered illegal to eat in Japan, so while it may say "tanuki" it can be another animal.

    People substitute all the time in recipes. My husband is 23 year old Japanese native and he has never ate tanuki a day in his life. While he has ate whale, shark, alligator, and many other things most American or westerners haven't eaten... but he's never ate a raccoon dog.

    Source(s): Married a Japanese
  • Robyn
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    I've never heard of such a thing - although I don't suggest it's never existed, if not now then in the dim and distant past, but for the lunatic who wrote that recipe to use the word OFTEN to suggest Japanese people eat such things regularly is hysterically funny in it's stupidity.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yeah, every noodle shop or izakaya keep tanuki. When you come to Japan you can't avoid them. But I and my friends have never eaten them because they were made by clay. Regretful.

    Actually, hunting wild animals is prohibited. Probably, a governor of prefecture doesn't permit hunting raccoon dogs for eating. Hunting boars or deer may be permitted because they harm agriculture.

    However, Japanese government is slaughtering countless wild animals, birds, fishes and salamanders.

    The ministry of land and LDP (Aso's party) want to construct useless roads and dams. Dams will kill countless salamanders, fishes and birds. Useless roads take dwellings away from animals. (Have you seen the Miyazaki’s anime Ponpoko?) Countless raccoon dogs and foxes are hit by car everyday.

  • 1 decade ago

    tanuki udon na

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes they do-----

    As you can read on the website it is part of their culture and we should respect it as they do to ours.......

    Good luck!

    *Rock*

  • 1 decade ago

    yes! it is so delicious but so pity for animals.

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