Can Someone Say…Tentacles? 

No, this doesn’t refer to the (in my opinion) rather disturbing tentacle hentai that is quite popular amongst some people. (If this comment isn’t allowed on a family-friendly blog, I’ll gladly remove it.) But it does vaguely remind me of some of the Japanese art we looked at back in school in one of my art history classes. So, in short, I’m actually talking about the Japanese ability to include octopus in any kind of food.

And before you being the long, twisting images in your head, let’s set the record straight. Yes, I’ve actually tried eating octopus before—it’s actually quite delicious! But, it doesn’t make it any less shocking to look down at your plate and see a mini tentacle lying face up staring at you. I wouldn’t have been surprised if it had started to wiggle around and move…

I’m sure most people are aware of the high fish content in the regular Japanese diet. Despite the constant eating of rice, noodles, and other bread-y foods, the Japanese diet is probably one of the healthiest diets in the world. And yes, I thank the fish. So now, I feel very healthy. Almost every meal I eat has some sort of fish in it. I think my favorite octopus food, by far, is takoyaki. It’s a breaded ball filled with octopus, covered in sauce and other seasonings. They’re bite sized—and scrumptious!

Still, it’s a little odd walking through a Japanese grocery store and seeing the fish section dedicated mostly to packaged octopus and tentacles. I guarantee it’s definitely not something you’d see back in the States.