I ‘ll start in Japan I tried everything that was handed to me 99% good. Then I tried this octopus and I am not sure how it was prepared etc but that thing was nasty. It was hard and rubbery like chewing on a piece of tire. I tried to take one quick bite so I could swallow it. This one quick bite took some jaw power and when it separated the other piece shot across my mouth and hit my other cheek. Then I washed it down quickly with some beer and smiled while trying to hide the fact that I was gagging. Luckily our local friends were so busy talking I think Derek was the only one who noticed.