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Literally "white children", shirako is a Japanese euphemism for soft roe, which in turn is an euphemism for milt, which is a technical term for fish sperm. It's white, it's globby, it's gooey, it looks exactly like you'd expect fish sperm to look and it tastes worse: "even my own tastes better", to quote a friend. Shirako is most often spotted in kaitenzushi restaurants, where it is plopped into a little boat of rice and nori to await the unsuspecting gaijin.

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