Whale meat seems to have been eaten in Japan since the Paleolithic era.
It seems that some areas eat whale meat and some do not. Although whales are animals, they were once regarded as fish, and whale meat is now sold at the fish corner.
It seems that it was an important source of protein instead of meat during the post-war food shortage. Besides sashimi, it is often eaten as fried Tatsuta or bacon. It used to be often served for school lunches, and it is still served today.
Not long ago, Sea Shepherd attacked a Japanese research whaler. Whaling in Japan is not poaching, and according to the law at that time, when commercial whaling is prohibited, research whaling items are also on the table. Whale meat is banned from sale in the United States, where the Sea Shepherd headquarters is located.