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‘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 | Hiroko 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

Oshika Whale Land: Tribute to Whales and Whaling, Rebuilt after the Tsunami

Tomiji Saito is the Representative Director of the Ayukawa Town Planning Association, which operates Whale Town Oshika. He was born in Ayukawahama, where he still lives and works today. In July 2020, two momentous events converged to highlight the whaling history of the tiny coastal community of Ayukawa that sits

Kamogawa Sea World at 50: Building on the past, a new commitment to animal welfare

Hiroshi Katsumata was born in 1962 in Kamogawa City in Chiba Prefecture. He began working at Kamogawa Sea World in 1987, and became Director of Zoological Operations in 2016. He is a former rugby player. Kamogawa Sea World is now celebrating its 50th anniversary. The venue located in Kamogawa in

Storms and Protests During the First Month of Taiji’s Dolphin Hunts, Minus the Foreigners

Jay Alabaster is a Ph.D. student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in Arizona State University. He currently lives in Taiji, Japan, where he is working on a book and his dissertation. You can find him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/alabasterjay. His email is jay.alabaster(at)asu.edu. It’s September again! Perched on

History of Japanese Whaling: Transition to a Modern Whaling Nation

This is the second of a two-part series on the history of Japanese whaling. Part 1: The Birth of Traditional Whaling in Japan Shigeo Nakazono is a scholar and author engaged in the research of cultural assets and sociology, and curator of the Ikitsuki Island Museum (Shima no Yakata) in

History of Japanese Whaling: The Birth of Traditional Whaling in Japan

This is the first of a two-part series on the history of Japanese whaling. Part 2: Transition to a Modern Whaling Nation Shigeo Nakazono is a scholar and author engaged in the research of cultural assets and sociology, and curator of the Ikitsuki Island Museum (Shima no Yakata) in Hirado,