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‘We’ve never had sashimi this fresh’: Viral TikTok video shows ikizukuri fish still twitching in Japan

Twitching sashimi in Japan viral TikTok video
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    A TikTok video has gone viral for showing a plate of twitching sashimi in Japan.

    On Saturday, Singaporean actor, host and TikTok user Xenia Tan (@hotcheekylace) posted a video of her unique dining experience with her partner Shawn Thia.

    “We’ve never had sashimi this fresh,” the video’s onscreen text says in the beginning.

    @hotcheekylace can someone tell us if it was still alive? #sgtravel ♬ The everyday life – nightwalker

    “I cannot eat it,” Thia can be heard saying before a shot of a twitching fish head appears.

    He hesitates to pick up a piece of sashimi with his chopsticks, saying, “I feel very bad.”

    Later on in the 38-second clip, Tan and Thia ask a server if their dish’s moving head and tail can be removed. Their server can be heard agreeing to their request before the video ends.

    Several TikTok users commented on Tan’s video, which has already amassed over 470,000 views and 34,700 likes.

    “As a pescatarian, this kind of videos will definitely turn me into a vegetarian real quick,” one user wrote.

    “Well, you technically can’t alive it again so.. Enjoy!” another user commented.

    “I’m sure it’s dead and just nerves responding,” another user said.

    A few users explained that the couple’s Japanese dish was made using “ikizukuri,” which is the preparation of sashimi from seafood that is still alive.

    “When going overseas, always ask esp with language barrier,” one user noted.

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