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  • Welcome to the "Abashiri Keimusho, Abashiri prison" .

  • This one has since been retired and has been turned into a museum

  • the new prison a couple of kilometers away

  • But what is great about this is. It gives you an inside glimpse into everyday life at a Japanese prison

  • Abashiri is in northern Hokkaido on the sea of okhotsk

  • It's famous for its prison, this is the current prison which began operations in the mid-1980s

  • Inmates have lighter sentences here not exceeding eight years

  • A couple kilometers away is the old Abashiri prison opened in 1890 where the harshest sentences in Japan was served

  • Looks warm in summer, but the winters can be downright treacherous when an average is minus 10 degrees Celsius in February

  • But it's also famous for one other thing, right? That's right pal it has real prison food real food

  • Abashiri is the only place where you can try the same prison meals the inmates received. Enjoy your meal, Sir

  • The "Bangaichi Shokudo" diner is where you can experience a true Japanese prison meal

  • It's considered a secret meal because these meals were only eaten behind the walls until recently.

  • These manikins are inside the prison cafeteria showing how inmates used to eat lunch between work shifts

  • But most meals were served in their cells

  • This is some good eaten. Miso soup is out straight better than my wife's cooking

  • That'll be sure

  • This is the current prison in operation and their meals are brought to them and eaten in their cells

  • There's a special opening to serve the meals. A good meal can make prison life a little more bearable

  • This is a private cell much prized in the prison. The inmates eat like this makes you wonder if it's better than school lunches

  • In a past episode I featured school lunches, and I was surprised at how healthy and nutritious the set menus were

  • With attention paid to caloric intake for energy for

  • The prison meals it's the same, but how does it really taste the "Bangaichi Shokudo" has two prison meal sets available A and B

  • Let's go inside and grab a seat

  • The diner is made of wood with high ceilings like the original prison cafeteria

  • I ordered both sets to try and the staff went to work grilling the fish and preparing the dishes

  • Here's what I got first meal set A, the Pacific saury or Sanma set

  • The grilled saury fish the centerpiece

  • So this is authentic Japanese prison food,

  • this is the only place in Japan where you can eat it, and you can see its

  • It just looks really healthy you have

  • The Mugi Gohan, the barley rice you have Miso soup you have two kinds of salads

  • And you have this piece of fish which is Sanma that looks so good

  • The Sanma or salary is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside

  • natural oils giving a pleasing mouthful oh

  • The Sanma is perfectly grilled. It's salted. It has a side of grated Daikon or Japanese radish too it

  • Goes together really well

  • Normally, there is no Miso soup at the prisons. Instead inmates get a strong coarse tea. Don't eat the tail unless you want to try

  • The infirmary as part of your escape plan

  • But I know in Japan is famous for its cuisine having some of the best in the world

  • But if this is prison food I can eat this every day

  • Before you start thinking Japanese prisons are soft. Here's the schedule three meals a day with a variety

  • And here are three sample meals can you tell which is breakfast lunch and dinner?

  • Ramen. curry rice, Italian pasta, macaroni salad, fried shrimp and various grilled fishes all make up a week sample menu

  • The daily schedule is very strict allowing for only 20 minutes to eat your meals

  • The days are filled with work except 2 hours in the evening before bed

  • Cells have black-and-white TV, a Futon and toilet

  • The shared rooms are larger, but without the privacy

  • It may be better than a Penitentiary in your country, but it's still a hard life

  • Here's prison meal be the Atka Mackerel or "Hokke" set

  • The mackerel is a beautiful piece of fish called "Hokke" in Japanese

  • Boiled greens with fried Tofu mountain potato with dried bonito fish flakes

  • The Hokke looks and smells fantastic

  • I like how you can take the bones off real easily

  • But once again the fish is just so so tender it's cooked perfectly

  • So I guess we could say that this is some of the healthiest prison food

  • Which might make it the best prison food in the world?

  • Prison meal time is certainly a moment

  • I'd look forward to if I were ever incarcerated but Abashiri in North Hokkaido is a rough place

  • Especially in winter and the inmates here was some of the hardest criminals in the country

  • Takahashi-san, can you scrub my back? Hey keep it down in the back?

  • When you cross the bridge to enter Abashiri prison your life was pretty much over

  • This museum is one of the most fascinating in Japan here at the building houses the prison cells has a unique shape

  • In the center where they all connected was a lookout for the prison guards

  • So from this point in the prison you can see all five corridors

  • So the security guard on duty had a very good vantage point

  • It would be hard to get past the guards unless you were this guy up there see him. Hey buddy up here

  • You got a file

  • That's Yoshie Shiratori,

  • the only man to have ever escaped from Abashiri prison in fact

  • He had escaped Japanese prisons four times one of the most celebrated anti-heroes in Japan

  • Here's his room his floorboards were reinforced so he couldn't go under

  • So how did he escape from his cell?

  • In 1944 he rusted the handcuffs in cell inspection window with Miso soup

  • Weakening the iron the salt in the Miso soup made the iron brittle and breakable

  • When the time was right he broke free and climbed through a broken window in the roof

  • Yoshie Shiratori's story itself is worth a visit to the museum

  • Yep, Miso soup brah bet you'd never think of that

  • The prison had many unique features like the windows which were slanted so inmates could only see one way

  • They couldn't see the guards coming

  • There's a house in the museum with movies and interactive exhibits that allows you to really take in the history of the prison

  • Toddle I can't see where I'm going well. It ain't to see the warden's wife

  • unfortunately

  • It was the inmates who built the road up to Abashiri in the Meiji era

  • Many died in the forests cutting down trees pushed at a relentless schedule

  • Those that survived had a home at the prison at the end of the road

  • And the museum allows you to try these feats of strength for yourself

  • One of the most fascinating parts of the prison museum is a wing where you could enter new prison cells and

  • Experience what the slammer is like for yourself

  • Just make sure you keep the door open behind you oh you may be there for a while

  • Come for the food and stick around for the prison for five to ten hours. That is

  • Next time we'll learn the secret of long life in Japan is there a secret and if so will my

  • 106 year-old friend tell us I

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What Japanese Prison Food is Like ★ ONLY in JAPAN

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/03/21
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