648. Ocean Day in Japan

© Bruce Goodman 20 July 2015


“Hurrah!” shouted Atsushi. “Today is Ocean Day in Japan! Let’s kill a whale!”

“Yes! Yes!” shouted Kiyoshi. “Let’s kill a whale for scientific research. In fact, let’s kill three whales!”

“No! No!” shouted Takayuki. “It’s Ocean Day in Japan! Let’s kill all the whales in the world!”

“Yes! Yes!” shouted Osamu. “But let’s kill them to eat!”

“Hurrah! Hurrah!” shouted Shoji and Kaede and Hotaka and Aki and Mitsuo and Akihito and…

Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah!

20 thoughts on “648. Ocean Day in Japan

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Wharf! Wharf! Wharf! (That’s a guttural snorting sort of laugh from a walrus). However, the Japanese do make me angry with their daily “scientific research” of whales.

  1. noelleg44

    Disgusting, disgusting, disgusting. Whales are highly intelligent animals with their own language – at least humpbacks. I do NOT understand why certain countries are still hunting them. Thanks for the reminder!!!!

  2. thecontentedcrafter

    Horrid story Bruce!! Though provoking too [I believe it is now mainly the ‘older generation’ who still eats and uses whale meat and products. If wonder, we were Japanese, would that be us?]

    Maybe, as an alternative ending, your cast of characters could be thrown into the ocean to sink or swim in honour of ‘Ocean Day’? And maybe there might be a shark or two around?? 🙂

      1. Oscar Alejandro Plascencia

        Don’t be silly, Bruce. You know well that I’m a blue whale from the waters of Iceland, idly circling in and out of the Atlantic and Norwegian. What ever would I be doing associating myself with those radiation spilling Japanese?

          1. Oscar Alejandro Plascencia

            Of course not! That’s a neophyte’s mistake: too much Moby Dick on the brain. Speaking of which, you can remember the difference by noting that the Sperm Whale has the largest brain in the planet, where as I, the Blue Whale can brag about my huge…

            …appetite for Krill.


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