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By Yoko Kumano
Originally posted on February 16, 2009

I had qualms about blogging the Homo Sausage. Was I really a near 30 year-old woman with the humor of a 7 year-old boy? Yes. Was Umami Mart too sophisticated for a juvenile post such as this? Yes. But then again, maybe not.

I met Homo Sausage last week at my friend's party. Someone had brought three sticks of it and abandoned them on the kitchen table. Homo Sausage is a brand of fish sausage rich in DHA. These fish sausages seem to be especially popular with drunk men of all ages. Therefore, they are most often spotted as a last-minute-buy by the cash register or at eye-level somewhere along the way from the beer fridge to the cash register.

Once the orange film is peeled off, the skin is fleshy pink. I have been told the taste is similar to kamaboko, or fish cake. I have yet to muster up the courage to get over the aesthetic oddity of this product and bite into one.


And a word about the name. I understand slip-ups with naming by Japanese companies in some cases (i.e. Mitsubishi's Pajero) but Homo Sausage? I think this was deliberate.