Culture Hit-Or-Miss

Japan’s ‘Tuna King’ Pays More Than $600,000 For A Single Fish


Sushi entrepreneur Kiyoshi Kimura, also known as Japan’s “Tuna King”, has won at Tsukiji’s famous fish auction once again.

Kimura, the head of Japan’s Sushizanmai chain, paid more than a whopping $600,000 for a 212-kg (467-lb) Bluefin tuna at the first auction held at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, according to AsiaOne. Based on the price he paid, a single piece of tuna sushi would cost around $85, 25 times more than the $3.40 price he charges at his 51 stores spread all over Japan.

“I feel it was a bit expensive, but I am happy that I was able to successfully win at auction a tuna of good shape and size,” said Kimura.

The “Tuna King” was able to transition his successful chain into a national brand by paying massive amounts of money at Tsukiji’s first auction every year. Kimura has won six straight times including this year – which is also essentially and strategically used for publicity.


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His most expensive purchase by far was a bluefin tuna he won at the same auction against a rival bidder from Hong Kong. He paid an eye-watering $1.8 million at the New Year’s auction held in 2013.

Although the prices look very intimidating, Kimura makes sure that he gets the most out from his purchase. To spread the word and place the spotlight on his business, Kimura announced on Japan’s major TV networks that the bluefin tuna will be cut and distributed among his many restaurants.

“As always, I want to buy the best one so that our customers can have it. That’s all,” Kimura said.

According to Daily Mail, the 2017 fish auction could be the last one at Tsukiji – the world’s largest fish market.

The event was supposed to be moved in another location in November of last year but it was put on hold because of toxic contamination concerns at the new site. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said that the move could be delayed until spring of 2018, but all plans remain indefinite.

Written by King Malleta | NextShark | Feature Image via Flickr / Tai-Jan Huang

Fast Food Restaurants

This Lavish Burger King Comes Equipped With A Fully Functioning Sauna

You might be surprised to learn that the word “sauna” is actually a Finnish word. To everyone else, it’s just the word used to describe an enclosed steam room. To the Finnish, it is much, much more than just  a steam room. It may sound a bit cliche, but honestly, it’s just their way of life.

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This way of life has become so ingrained into their society that they’ll build a sauna wherever there is room for one. One Burger King location in Helsinki did the unthinkable (to anyone that isn’t Finnish) and placed a fully functioning sauna in their restaurant. Now you can enjoy a whopper and bask in the pore-opening tranquility of a peaceful sauna all at the same time. Furthermore, the super sweet Burger King towels are also up for grabs to customers that use the sauna.

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According to their website, the sauna has enough space for 15 people to sit comfortably. They even go as far as saying that the sauna is “perfect for a group of friends for social gatherings or work, a venue for the birthday party, or even the organization of the show studio.” I’m not sure what kind of work ethic they have over in Finland, but I can assure you that I would pass the f*ck out in there if I was asked to pay attention to a quarterly earnings meeting while having my pores pried open but some hot, steamy goodness. I also feel like a birthday party held in a sauna is a bit haphazard, especially since I’m an adult and adult parties are lame without the guest of honor: booze. But combining heat and alcohol? Now that’s a little too bold for my well-circulated blood.

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Unsurprisingly, this Burger King has the prestigious and rabidly (not really) sought after honor of being the first ever fast food restaurant to feature a sauna. For around $90 an hour, you can soak in hot steam while chowing down on some Whoppers with your squad while you’re all naked. Sounds like a Thursday to me, count me in.



Source: First We Feast, Restel


Cinnamon Roll Mardi Gras Cupcakes Are The Perfect Fat Tuesday Snack

Mardis Gras King Cupcakes

It's #FATTUESDAY aka #MardisGras, and what better way to celebrate than to make these easy King Cupcakes with a hidden good luck charm.

Posted by Josh Elkin on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Today is Tuesday and that means Mardi Gras is happening tonight. Our buddy Josh Elkin is at it again, this time with a sweet entry in to his video recipe arsenal. Elkin created Mardi Gras King Cupcakes made from cinnamon rolls.

First grab a tube of pre-made cinnamon roll dough. Take two pieces and squeeze them together into one ball of dough which you’ll separate into three balls. Butter up a muffin tray and add three balls to each slot.

At this point, you can hide a baby trinket inside one of the muffins for good luck.

Throw your tray in the oven for about 15 minutes at 375 degrees. While the cinnamon roll muffins are baking, head up your frosting/glaze for about 15 seconds.

When your Mardi Gras cupcakes are ready, drizzle a generous amount of glaze on top of each one. Then add your sprinkles.

Just don’t forget which cupcake that baby’s in. He’s a choking hazard.

Check out Elkin’s video above for the complete recipe, in detail.


Victor Yanie: Home Cooked Meal

The man, the myth, the legend; Victor Yanie (VYaniePhoto) sent me this, this afternoon. Let’s see what he was grubbin on. Steamed rice with teriyaki shrimp on top, little middle eastern empanadas filled with ground beef and onions, and chicken on rice on the side with tabouleh sauce. Looks like a meal fit for a king, and Vic is the king.