Ikejime is a Japanese method that helps maintain the quality of fish meat by draining the blood and spiking both the brain and spine as soon as the fish is caught.
- From the skull drive a nail into brain and scramble it until fish gapes and rattles;
- Next thread a metal wire down the fish’s spinal column and scrape until all muscle spasms stop;
- Cut arteries in gills and the dorsal and place it in icy water for blood to drain out completely.
Some fishermen make cuts for draining blood first, perhaps so it will be faint and rattle less vigorously when spiked. Some cut first so they can run the wire up the fish’s spine – from the tail toward the head – which might improve accuracy.
Eating blood is strictly forbidden in both the Old and New Testament.
” But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.” Genesis 9:4
” Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh. Thou shalt not eat it; thou shalt pour it upon the earth as water. Thou shalt not eat it; that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the LORD.” Deuteronomy 12:23-25
” Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.” Acts 15:19-20
Spiking the skull results in rapid kill by making the fish brain-dead, but this alone is not enough to stop continuing strain on the fish’s body muscles from tiny involuntary signals coming from the spine. By scraping the spine with a wire it is destroyed and all such movement stops, hence the flesh remains fresh. The drained meat can now be left on the fish for filleting hours later without any loss in quality.
Jesus ate some cooked fish twice in his resurrected body.
” And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them.” Luke 24:41-43
” As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken. Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.” John 21:9-13
There will be fish for food in the millennium also:
” And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh. And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from En–gedi even unto En–eglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.” Ezekiel 47:9-10
Spiking the head is what Jael did to the antichrist type Sisera:
” Then Jael Heber’s wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died. And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will shew thee the man whom thou seekest. And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples.” Judges 4:21-22
Leviathan is a giant fish that represents the devil:
” There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.” Psalms 104:26
” He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment. He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary. Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear. He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.” Job 41:31-34
” In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.” Isaiah 27:1
Catching, spiking, and giving the fish’s flesh for meat is what God does to Leviathan in order to feed his people:
” Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?” Job 41:1-2
” Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants? Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?” Job 41:6-7
” Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.” Psalms 74:14
” And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15
” And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” Romans 16:20
It is commonly repeated that only 1% of the Japanese are Christian, but apparently that is wrong. Here is a reported religious breakdown of the religious inclinations of Japan’s 126 million people:
55.2% Buddhists (69,931,454)
25.9% New-Religionists (32,827,640)
10.2% Nonreligious (12,905,945)
3.6% Christians (4,559,573)
2.9% Atheists (3,642,371)
2.1% Shintoists (2,669,167)
So there are actually more Christians than Shintoists in Japan!
Of course, some of those 3.6% ‘Christians’ are foreigners living in Japan and some are Japanese who have joined cults like Catholicism and Mormonism. But nevertheless it is still encouraging to see such a large number of reported Christians in Japan.
Evidently most Japanese who visit the Shinto shrines do so culturally, but are actually Buddhists, or have no religion. In fact, since it is reported elsewhere that polls show two-thirds of the Japanese profess no religion, many nominal Buddhists don’t even take that religion seriously either. And yet it is reported that half the homes in Japan have a Bible.
So there has been a significant erosion of the old religions, the Christians now out-numbers Shintoists, and half the Japanese have the word of God already in their house … what will happen next?
There has also been a recent up-tick in missionary activity to Japan after the 2011 Fukishima earthquake and tsunami disaster. This all combines at this time to create a very interesting situation. Support overseas missions and please pray that we will one day see a harvest for Jesus Christ in Japan.
Just thought I’d jot down a few notes here about religion in Japan, a country that desperately needs Jesus Christ.
In Joshua chapter 17 a certain Levite was hired by a man named Michah to be his personal priest over the graven image he had made. Later, in chapter 18, the priest got recruited by the tribe of Dan to be their priest and father – and he took the graven image along with him.
Another instance is found in 2 Kings 17:26 where the Samaritans where transplanted into northern Israel and the LORD sent mountain lions to attack them. The Assyrians sent a Jewish priest to teach them the manner of the God of the land to stop the attacks. The priest taught them that they should fear the LORD, but they then had an ad-hoc religious jumble, serving both their old gods and the LORD:
“Howbeit every nation made gods of their own, and put them in the houses of the high places which the Samaritans had made, every nation in their cities wherein they dwelt. … So they feared the LORD, and made unto themselves of the lowest of them priests of the high places, which sacrificed for them in the houses of the high places. They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence. … So these nations feared the LORD, and served their graven images, both their children, and their children’s children: as did their fathers, so do they unto this day.” 2 Kings 17:29~41.
Someone has compiled research (Rev. Arimasa Kubo, author of “Lost Tribes of Japan“) showing interesting similarities between “Shinto” – the native folk religion of Japan – and the worship of the true God as found in the Bible. This lead the researcher to conjuncture that the Japanese may be a “lost tribe” of Jews. Read the rest of this entry »
Audio #3 in the Book review series looking at “The Teaching of the Buddha” – Today we look at Buddhism’s illogical nonsense that dares to call common sense and reality “absurd.”
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Update: links corrected.
Book review continues:
Direct link: part 2
Even before his arrival in Japan Francis Xavier knew that the Japanese did not possess the concept of a creator deity. He thus said that “One must begin with the doctrine of world creation before anything else,” and the missionaries who followed Xavier likewise began their missions with careful investigation into Shinto’s foundation myths. In other words, by examining the Japanese foundation myths and pointing out their errors, the missionaries attempted to plant the doctrine of creation among the Japanese people. Likewise, they severely criticized Shinto for it lack of interest in salvation for the next world and for seeking benefits only in this world, as is depicted in detail in “Salvation in the Next World” within Dochiriina Kirishitan (“Christian doctrine”).
Encyclopaedia of Shinto
The Japanese creation myth starts with the existence of matter, out of which arise creation gods. This is nonsense because it puts the natural before the supernatural – and Xavier, the Roman Catholic Jesuit missionary to Japan, made exploiting this glaring deficiency a primary line of attack. This is very wise.
Once he establishes the primacy of the supernatural Creator, then the importance of life beyond the here and now makes sense.
So he uncovered the very simple root problem that causes Japanese dullness against the gospel message of Jesus Christ – their ignorance of the Creator.
Protestant missionaries who have largely emphasized the moral and social aspects of Christianity have completely missed this. By the time protestants have an opportunity to reach Japan in the 1860’s evolution is starting to become popular – and many churchmen are beginning to teach the first 10 chapters of Genesis as just myth and allegory. The timing to adopt such heresies could not have been worse! The missionaries turned away in embarrassment from the portion of scripture most critical for leading the dull minds of the godless Japanese out of the infernal darkness in which they have been wandering for millennium.
The calculating and wise Xavier obtained initial success for his mission by preaching about the Creator and eternal life – but later Jesuit fanaticism for Rome by political scheming and subversive activities ultimately caused the name of Christianity to be discredited by them – giving it a bad reputation amongst the Japanese that has lasted to the present day.
Undoubtedly things can be learned by studying what methods brought Xavier’s early missionaries such success in Japan – yet and while avoiding all their mistakes and religious heresies.