What Japanese Prison Food is Like ★ ONLY in JAPAN

What Japanese Prison Food is Like  ★ ONLY in JAPAN


Only in Japan 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 Traveled to Tottori prefecture to find out If you liked it hit that subscribe button and check out another one of our shows don’t miss my second live streaming channel only in Japan go and Check out location photos on Instagram Mata ne~!

100 thoughts on “What Japanese Prison Food is Like ★ ONLY in JAPAN”

  1. And this chateu Le Blance '68 is supposed to be served slightly chilled. This is room temperature! What do you think we are!? Animals!?

  2. If you at one time at the future, get lost and become homeless in japan, just become a criminal, at least you have roof over your head and daily decent meal

  3. Living condition in Jap's prison is good but their prison's rule is too hard! I think only in the world, Jap's prison is real prison! 0% freedom for inmates at all !

  4. Downright treacherous?? IT'S ONLY MINUS 10 CELSIUS! That's NOTHING!! In Canada the average in February is about -25 Celsius. (Where I live) You Americans complain about everything.

  5. well….. i always had an impulse for robbing a bank………..maybe japan can be a good place for that

  6. 😅 I guess I eat like I'm in Japanese prison I had rice an tuna lunch an boil potato's with cheese and almond milk for dinner. I like it dough.😅😆😁

  7. tokyo fuchu prison has the best curry, i heard.but for tasting you need to be in jail first. because they don't serve out of jail.

  8. It would be great if they also have a movie theater and a massage room but I personally like the karaoke hall

  9. Don't be naive brother you cannot jump straight to conclusion just because of what they present to the viewers.

  10. I'm curious what kind of work they do for 8 hours a day. I don't know if the prison food and room is really as good as shown in this video, but think of it this way.

    The prisoners are working 8 hours a day without salary. Giving good food and a room probably costs very little compare to hiring a person with a salary. If the prisoners can work properly and produce good output, the government(or anyone in fact) should be more than happy to give good food and nice room instead of hiring people and paying salaries.

    It's just cheap labour in a sense.

  11. in tokyo, most citzens live in small shared spaces.
    guess they should go prison for more better facilities and sufficient room space.

  12. Those who don’t believe…..
    I will not force you mate…….
    But I’m an Ex-inmate in ( ) Japan 🇯🇵…lol

  13. You're trying prison food as far as what they served but as far as how it was cooked I'm sure the taste is waaaaay different.

  14. It's hilarious how people are shocked to see the luxe of this prison and comparing it to theirs. Lol at 0:19 it's clearly mentioned that this place is a museum made like a prison. ROFL

  15. Yeah, im pretty sure the inmates do NOT eat thaat well… America's prison foods are horrible. You do not get to choose anything and its all disgusting. And if youve been locked up, you'll know about that red juice in the big cooler that literally eats away at the floor when it drips… All i ever ate was the white bread.

  16. I sure would love to go to Japan or maybe live there. I'd see Tokyo or maybe Kagawa. Home of the famous Udon.

  17. Ahahahha that is true i was a prisoner in japan way back 2014 for 2 months..it looks like you're staying at the hotel…the food is good..i told the jail guard i dont like to go out anymore..hahahah but thats a joke..im free now..thanks to this vlog reminds me of kumamoto keimusho..

  18. he definitely said 'this is the only place ' where you can have this type of prison food.
    ,,,,,, it's definitely a prison. but one of a kind.
    so don't presume that all Japanese prisons are like this.

  19. For Japanese prisons, the video “Life Inside Japanese Toughest Prison” is detailed.Try searching with YOU TUBE.

  20. All of this food is perfectly sourced and cooked. That is not the case in a prison, where they acquire everything from the cheapest source, and it's all cooked by prisoners.

  21. For me, the absolute best thing was finding John's channel. Because, eventually, it led to Kanae lol. It's no secret that I'm a fan of hers. But, that's not what I'm about today.
    The second best thing is going back and watching episodes (more than twice in some cases) that occurred before I found OIJ.
    This episode was really very interesting; and I didn't think it would be! I find that treating people, like people goes a long way. Mistakes are a given in life… Punishing a man severely by degrading his existence isn't something I'll ever agree with. But don't misunderstand, if the crime is particularly egregious, then may God have mercy on their soul. It's not for me to judge.
    Japan's new cells look nicer that some of my friend's first apartments back in the 80s. Sand they were eating ramen too😉
    Great storyline John 🙃

  22. Prison is not fun to be especially in Vietnam the police will beat you , drag you like animals also the food not healthy, they don’t care you die or not and you have to work on the sun all day long I know many Montagnard Degar Christian prisoner they die there they even let he or she family come visit they buried them there .

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