Despite the popular misconception (and withstanding their love for various things raw), the Japanese are not that extreme when it comes to food. But if you travel to the mountainous Nagano area, you will come across something that seems more fitting for a menu from the depths of China: inago or grasshopper! Which is exactly what the Canned Inago Grasshopper in Soy Sauce delivers... minus the trip.
Yes, it's all there: legs, wings and everything but things sound worse than they actually are. Cooked in soy sauce, the inago's texture brings to mind small shrimps eaten with their shells. Crunchy and with a very distinct taste that blends with the soy sauce's sweet saltiness, the Canned Inago Grasshopper perhaps falls more in the "experience" category. Still, it's a great way to impress your friends, even if they are native Japanese: this is something that most people outside Shinshu (the old name for Nagano) don't even know exists!
The Canned Inago Grasshopper in Soy Sauce features: