Birthdays have taken something of a meaty turn in Japan, where raw meat cakes are currently all the rage.
Yakiniku (grilled meat) restaurants are offering the meat cakes, made entirely of high quality beef, chicken or pork to diners complete with candles and birthday messages. The cakes are then dismantled and cooked in front of guests.
As you can see from the pics below, some are certainly more elegant than others. It might seem like a strange trend, but meat in Japan is seen as much more of a treat than it is in the West, the kind of thing you save for, oh, a birthday perhaps.
We don’t know quite what to make of it: some of the meat looks great, including the Kobe beef, but we’d prefer to skip straight to the cooking part – it's kind of ruining our memories of childhood birthday parties.
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