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Eating: Cherry Blossom

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120256.  Fri Nov 24, 2006 8:42 am Reply with quote

Q: Why do you need to be careful eating Cherry Blossom in Japan?

A: Because cherry blossom in Japanese - 'sakura' - is raw horse meat, so named because of its pink colour.

Confusingly for the Western tourist, Nestle produced a genuine 'cherry blossom' Kit Kat chocolate bar in Japan in 2005. 'Kitto katsu', which is similar sounding to Kit Kat - means 'definitely win' in Japanese. As a result, the Japanese started giving Kit Kats to each other as lucky charms.

Pleasingly, there is an alternative cherry blossom pudding made from horse meat. It's called Basashi ice cream.



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