Let's talk about food... or more specifically, about entomophagy, insects as food!
While the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has been compiling studies on "Insects for food and feed
", Japan, in some regions have their own tradition on insect consumption as part of their diet. Prefectures like Gunma, Nagano, Gifu, and Miyazaki are just some to name, and even then not everyone in that prefecture eats insects.
Many media around the world like BBC
, National Geographic
, The New York Times
and more, have been talking about this topic for a while now. Insects are considered to be rich in nutrition and high in protein.
More recently companies like Shibuya PARCO
(at Kome to Circus
), MUJI announcing to sell rice crackers with crickets mixed into it
(in Japanese), even this store near Asakusa called TAKEO