Dec 13, 2017

C'mon, Japan...Jerky edition

Looking for a tasty mid-afternoon snack?

I was.  So I did what anybody in Japan who wants a quick snack on the go does: I stopped by the nearest conbini (convenience store). 

Browsing the aisles, I came across what at first glance seemed to be some kind of jerky.

C'mon, Japan...Jerky edition photo

Great, I thought.  Jerky will make a tasty, satiating snack.   (Okay, so my inner monologue is not so articulate.  It was probably more like, Mmm...meat good.  Fill my belly.)

Then I inspected the package a little more...

ホルモン Horumon: Japanese for all the, shall we say, "less than desirable" parts of an animal

In this case...

ハツ Hatsu: Hearts

ガツ Gatsu: Guts

C'mon, Japan...Jerky edition photo

So that was a hard no on the innards jerky.

Though it did make me wonder: is this something people just carry around with them at work or school? Let’s say you were inclined to buy these: would you ever find yourself in a spot where someone says, “Hey, I’m starving. Could I bum a few of those? What are they anyway?”

If so, you couldn’t really lie cause then the person may want to eat some and then you'll have to feel the guilt of secretly feeding them pig guts. Then again, replying, “Oh, it’s dried hearts and intestine” is the fast track to earning 'creepy guy in the office' status.

Well, i guess if you were looking for a way to get that guy from accounting to stop chatting to you about his dang anime collection...



Hitting the books once again as a Ph.D. student in Niigata Prefecture. Although I've lived in Japan many years, life as a student in this country is a first.

Blessed Dad. Lucky Husband. Happy Gaijin (most of the time).

1 Comment

  • genkidesu

    on Dec 13

    Could also make for a terrible Valentine’s Day punny gift... “I heart you” “I love your guts” Yuck!