Doungenzaka night view


While a strong aversion to meat eating began to permeate into Japan, wild boar was eaten under secret name Yama-Kujira (mountain whale), which is where the restaurant depicted by Hiroshige takes its name from. Nowadays, although part of tradition and of the rich culinary heritage, whale restaurants (kujira) are disappearing due to the controversies related to whaling.


For both religious and practical reasons, Japanese people mostly avoided eating meat for more than 12 centuries. Beef was especially taboo, with certain shrines demanding more than 100 days of fasting as penance for consuming it.