Students at Tokyo Elementary School Learn Whale-Eating Culture

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Tokyo, Jan. 25 (Jiji Press)--Students at an elementary school in Tokyo learned Japan's traditional culture of eating whale meat, at a lecture given by a nonprofit organization on Friday.

Some 40 fifth-graders at Nishisugamo Elementary School in Toshima Ward in the Japanese capital listened attentively to the lecture, which featured topics including the historical relations between Japan and whales.

"They are huge. I've never seen such a thing before," the children said, filled with surprise, while watching a video of minke whales caught during a research whaling program in the Antarctic Ocean.

The students learned that the country's whale-eating culture dates back to ancient times.

For school lunch, they enjoyed eating fried whale meat and miso soup with such meat.

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