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Published on 06.07.2016
‘Yakiniku’ literally means ‘grilled meat’ and it’s one of the most popular foods in Japan. You might associate Japanese food with rice and fish, however they actually eat about 1kg of beef per person per year.
Quick history about ‘yakiniku’
In 675, the Emperor Tenmu banned the consumption of animal meat under the Buddhism belief to ‘abstain from killing’. Several emperors after him followed. Zen Buddhism strictly prohibited eating meat.
The avoidance of meat had prevailed throughout Japan by the early 17th century and the ‘rice and fish’ eating habit was established. Around the same time, Japan isolated itself from the world and their unique food culture developed.
After Japan opened to the world, they positively introduced Western lifestyle. In 1870, Japan Navy introduced beef in order to improve their strength. Even the emperor Meiji announced that he was also eating beef in 1873. This effectively lifted the ban of meat eating.
Restaurants specialising beef hotpot (Sukiyaki) sprang up, however, many Japanese were still afraid of eating meat during the Meiji era.
After the Second World War, Japan suffered from a severe food shortage. Food was rationed and scarce. It’s said that Koreans who lived in Japan at the time started food stalls grilling the internal organs of cow and pigs, that were discarded by Americans and Japanese, in the black market, becoming the origin of ‘Yakiniku’.
During the 1950s and 60s Japan’s economy rapidly grew and it was ‘yakiniku’ that fed hungry and tired Japanese people.
Ayaka and Chris went ‘yakiniku’ restaurant chain ‘Gyukaku’, but there are many other nationwide restaurant chains that offer eat-as-much style ‘yakiniku’. Here are some of them.
Eat as much price: 2980yen, 3680yen, 4380yen
Eat as much price: 1980yen, 2480yen, 2980yen
1980yen (Add 1200yen for drink-as-much beer)
Eat as much price: 2680yen, 2980yen, 3980yen (Add 1290yen for drink-as-much beer)
*Prices are so as of June 2016 and may be changed.
*Prices don’t include consumption tax and drinks.
*If your group choose eat-as-much, all members of your group have to order the same course.
*Time limit is usually 100min (Gyukaku 90min) and you have to order 20 min prior to time limit.
*Under 7 free, elementary school children half price, some restaurants have special price for over 65.
*Do check their website and find coupons before you go.
*Don’t order above your eating capacity, as they might charge you if you leave too much food on your table.