Why is seafood so important to the Japanese? Second attempt

As someone from an island nation with a much stronger seafaring tradition but where meat is much more important to the culture than fish, I remain fascinated by this question.

No doubt the biggest reason was that most meat was forbidden, but as reliance on seafood goes back to pre-historic times that can’t be the only thing. Something I hadn’t considered until reading a book on Tsukiji fish market is simply how close to the sea most Japanese people are, with many mountains and those mountains being avoided pushing them towards the coast.

This post of course poses the questions why meat was banned and why they avoided the mountains, which I will deal with in the next couple of posts.

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