Nov 29, 2017

Only in Japan: Catalog order Fugu

My family finally signed up for Co-Op Deli for ordering fruit/vegetables/meats and so forth - we anticipate that in the winter months we're not going to be so enthusiastic making the 20 minute one way drive to our larger Aeon supermarket to pick stuff up, so it's nice to have this option. Plus, they don't charge a delivery fee since we have young children, and the prices for the most part seem on par with supermarket prices (or better) which adds to the appeal. Flicking through the catalog this week, we noticed something unusual (or maybe common!) on one of the pages...

None other than fugu!

Now, I've never tried fugu myself, but if you're a Simpsons fan you might remember the episode where Homer consumes a poisonous fugu - they're a fish that have to be cut with precision to avoid all the toxic parts inside.

So, did the fugu make it to our order? That's a hard no! I'm sure it's just fine, and prepared with the utmost care - but I'm still too chicken to try it!



After spending the last several years in the beating heart of Tokyo, I will be spending the next three in the countryside of Japan. I adore this country and all it has to offer - and I'm always learning more and more about life here as I go along!


  • edthethe

    on Nov 29

    Omg I'm so with you in the no fugu front. I'll try most anything, but why tempt fate.

  • genkidesu

    on Nov 30

    @edthethe right?! my husband was suggesting that we get some...i was like no! 100% no!

  • Tomuu

    on Nov 30

    I think it's safe to say that I wouldn't be ordering my fugu from a catalog! I did try some once, although it was fried, a bit like karaage, so I wasn't getting the "fugu" vibe. Still, I lived through it, which is the main thing, I suppose!

  • genkidesu

    on Nov 30

    @Tomuu even if it was karaage-ish, I still think I'd be too afraid to try it! You're a braver human than I am!

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