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Born in Stockholm (Sweden), now live in Sapporo (Japan). Hold a Ph.D. in computer science and work with computers during the days, perform magic in a bar during the nights (and weekends, for kids). Also used to teach historical fencing back in Sweden.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Shark fins in the cafeteria

I was in Osaka for a meeting, and the meeting was held at one of the campuses of Osaka University. It was located on the outskirts of the city, so there was not very much at all nearby (only apartment blocks). We had lunch in the school cafeteria, and I was surprised to see shark fin based food on the menu. That is considered very expensive and fancy food here. At my university, we sometimes have whale (usually deep fried whale meat slices) in the cafeteria, but that is considered cheap and healthy food (not that cheap, but still).

The cafeteria receipts had a lot of extra information about the food you bought. There was of course the cost of each individual item and the tax, but there was also the amounts of proteins, carbs, salt, etc. that you bought. And recommendations on how much you should have had instead...

The school coop shop sold something called Hokkaido Cheese Steamed Bread, which was baked to have an image of Hokkaido appear.

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