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Frog Becomes Horrifying “Live Sushi”

Frog Becomes Horrifying “Live Sushi”

It’s called “ikizukuri” and it’s perhaps the most horrifying and shockingly inhumane form of “dinner” ever invented.

Imagine a fat, live frog. A hand hoists him high and drives a knife through and across his belly, cutting him savagely in half. Another hand grips his insides and tears them away. The skin is ripped off his lower extremities. His leg muscles are neatly sliced and diced and the raw, quivering flesh is placed on a chilled plate.

The frog’s upper half is centered decoratively on the plate amidst slices of lemon, some soy sauce, and the raw pieces of legs and torso. Dinner is served — and the poor frog is still blinking at you as you begin eating him.

You don’t need to imagine any of this. If you have the stomach for it, you can see it happen in this video shot at the Asadachi restaurant in Toyko in 2012:

Shrimp, fish, lobster, squid and octopus are frequently served in this way. They are not killed and then prepared. They are simply… prepared. Alive. It happens fast and furiously to ensure the meal can be placed before the diner with the entree obviously still moving about.

The name of the restaurant where this video was taken, Asadachi, means “morning wood” (if you catch my drift). The restaurant, described as a notorious “hole-in-the-wall food hut,” is located in a section of Tokyo colloquially known as “Piss Alley.” Officially, Tokyo prefers to call it “Memory Lane,” but it is said to remind visitors of scenes from the movie Blade Runner.

Asadachi prides itself on its wilder forms of food. On the menu on any given night are pig testicles and uterus, grilled salamanders, horse and chicken sashimi, turtle feet and horse penis. Yes, you read those correctly. Asadachi is not the only place that serves ikizukuri, of course. It just happens to be the place where this now viral video was taken.

One might wonder what type of person would want to eat a creature that is sliced apart in front of them while it is still alive. Surely this sort of thing is rare? Not so. In Japan and elsewhere in Asia, ikizukuri is a sought-after delicacy.

Prepared Alive

Ikizukuri is a Japanese word most accurately translated as “prepared alive.” This seafood technique dates back in Asian culture over 2,000 years. The point, apparently, is to present sashimi (raw sushi) in its most demonstrably fresh state. Nothing is more fresh than something that is still alive, with a beating heart, right on the plate.

Danielle Demetriou, writing for The Telegraph in 2008, described her experience with live sushi like this:

After I make my selection, a chef nonchalantly captures a large flapping fish with a long net, before gutting the creature with three deft strokes and removing some of the flesh. A platter of ice is placed before me bearing the sculpted fish body, clearly twitching, with the heart still beating, unmistakably still alive. Some of its flesh has been sliced into thin sashimi pieces and placed by its side.

Many will argue that the minute the knife stabs into the hapless frog in the above video, he is dead. They assert that the twitching, movement and blinking of the eyes are all automatic nervous system responses, not evidence that the frog lives. They say he’s not really watching that incredibly soulless woman eat him alive. I sincerely hope so, because it doesn’t look that way. Not at all.

In the end cruelty is cruelty, no matter at what point the frog dies. Sign the petition to end this cruel practice!

 

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1:40PM PST on Nov 28, 2013

Sucks

1:40PM PST on Nov 28, 2013

Suck

5:04AM PDT on Sep 24, 2013

I feel ill right now. This is just horrific.

7:58AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

already signed, thanks for sharing :)

3:45PM PDT on Jul 14, 2013

Only a monster with no trace of ethics would do this.. and the modern day Asian sewer has plenty of monsters.. they are disgusting things out of a horror story.

6:35PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

This is probably the number one reason why I've never visited the Asian countries. They not only eat animals, but they torture them first ... whether it's a cat or dog or shark or helpless little frog. I cannot bring myself to watch such a video as I don't want to have nightmares about this for the rest of my life. Just when I thought that cutting off a shark's fin and letting him sink to the bottom of the ocean was the worst thing I could imagine. This is nothing less than pure EVIL!!!!

4:58AM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

Katherine W .." you took the words right out of my mouth"

7:49AM PDT on Jun 27, 2013

Imagine the suffering and pain of the frogs and seeing itself being eaten alive. Just horrible.

4:16PM PDT on Jun 20, 2013

that is seriously messed up..how barbaric. mind you, on the "faces of death" they do the same with a monkey, bashing it's skull in while it's still alive, because they think it's a delicacy (i think that was in China).....seriously twisted people. But - we still support them and their country, so yayy us?

5:21AM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

In Japan is extremely rare to find frogs on a menu and alive is unthinkable, I've been in Japan many times and never found anything like it.

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