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In Chiba Prefecture’s Minamiboso, Fighting to Save Coastal Whaling Traditions

There was a time when whale meat was so common in Japan that we almost expected it to be a part of every meal. But this changed from the late 1980s, when the International Whaling Commission (IWC) placed a moratorium on commercial whaling. Since then the overall whale market has

Japan’s Non-lethal Whale Survey Continues in the Faraway Antarctic

The ongoing recovery in the numbers of fin whales and humpbacks is becoming clearer, and observations of the blue whale indicate a recovery in that species as well.

Whale Research Drone ‘Asuka’ Debuts at Japan Drone Exhibition

The use of the Asuka drone allows researchers to identify whales even in the midst of ice floes, where research vessels are unable to go.

Audience Choice: New Accolades for Bon Ishikawa’s Indigenous Whaling Film ‘Lamafa’

Lamafa, an independent documentary about traditional life in a distant Indonesian whaling village, has continued to impress modern audiences around the globe, and was selected by viewers as the best film at the Guam International Film Festival (GIFF). The festival announced Monday, November 29, that the documentary, produced, written, and

Whales in Your Living Room

The Taiji Whale Museum launches virtual 360-degree panoramas The Taiji Whale Museum, located in the small town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, is focused totally on whales and dolphins, a rarity in Japan.  The museum features a three-story exhibition hall on whale biology and whaling history, live dolphin and whale shows,

‘Lamafa’ Documentary Wins International Film Award, ‘More than a Whaling Movie’

Warming waters and the whims of the Kuroshio Current bring new fish and whales to the fishermen at the heart of Japan’s centuries-old whaling culture, and sometimes they turn out to be quite popular.

New Whale Meat on Plates in Taiji as Fishermen Adjust to Whimsical Kuroshio Current

Warming waters and the whims of the Kuroshio Current bring new fish and whales to the fishermen at the heart of Japan’s centuries-old whaling culture, and sometimes they turn out to be quite popular.

INTERVIEW | Sustainable Resource Management is Still the Key Goal for Japanese Whaling ー Tsutomu Tamura

His research reveals how whales change their diets, and may even change their migrations and shift to new habitats because of changes in water temperature and the availability of fish they feed on.

INTERVIEW | Hirohiko Shimizu: Managed Well, Whales Will Sustain Us Over the Long Haul

“We’ve eaten countless numbers of chickens, pigs, and cows. Whales are another living thing, but the blessings a single whale can provide are much greater.”

INTERVIEW | Hirohiko Shimizu: Japan’s Whale Research is Misunderstood, in Fact a Force for Good

Japan’s research whaling is quite rigorous, and takes a strictly conservation-based approach. The country’s weak voice internationally makes it hard to defeat unfounded criticism, however.

Beyond Murakami: Norway and Japan’s Shared Tradition of Whaling and Whale Cuisine

“Whales are a gift of nature and have been an important part of the Norwegian diet for many years,” says first-class chef Lars Helge Hansen in Funen.

INTERVIEW | Fishmonger Asana Mori: ‘Whale is Delicious so First, Give it a Try’

As an exchange student, some discriminatory remarks were directed at her simply because Japanese people eat whale meat, Mori admitted. Then she started research using a vast range of resources.

INTERVIEW | Fishmonger Asana Mori Shares Her Love of Whale and Fish Through YouTube

~~ ~ Interview Series Part 1: A Conversation with YouTuber Asana Mori Asana Mori, a popular YouTuber, is the centerpiece of website Kujira Town‘s first interview in a new series with people who love whales. She shares the best methods of cleaning and preparing seafood such as whale meat and

The Rich, Warm Story of ‘Golden Kamuy’ Manga’s Whale Soup

~~ In the icy, silver world of the northern coast of Sakhalin Island, an Ainu girl called Asirpa sips a bowl of ohaw and whispers, “Hinna hinna.” This scene is from the 17th volume of the popular manga series Golden Kamuy by Satoru Noda, published by Shueisha. The story takes