Restaurant Fines Customers: Eat All Of 'Tsukko Meshi' At Japanese Restaurant Hachikyo Or Else! [VIDEO]

By Jason Van Hoven on February 15, 2013 9:35 AM EST

Tsukko Meshi
A bowl of "tsukko meshi" at Hachikyo, consisting of salmon roe (ikura) piled on top of rice. (Photo: Gold Rush)

A Japanese restaurant that fines customers for leaving a particular meal unfinished has a good reason for it, according to Rocket News.

Blogger Midori Yokoyama at Gold Rush explained that the Japanese restaurant that fines customers is Hachikyo, a seafood restaurant in Sapporo famous for their ikura -- salty salmon roe -- and the overflowing bowls that they serve as soshiok.com notes. This ikura placed on top of a bowl of rice is called "tsukko meshi," and customers must eat all of the dish, including every single grain of rice, to honor the fishermen who risked their lives to provide the salmon roe.

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However, the price of the fine is unknown.

As Yokoyama says in his blog about the restuarant that fines customers:                  

"According to the explanation in the menu, the working conditions for fishermen are harsh and so dangerous that it's not unknown for lives to be lost. To show our gratitude and appreciation for the food they provide, it is forbidden to leave even one grain of rice in your bowl. Customers who do not finish their tsukko meshi must give a donation."

Yokoyama goes on to note in his blog that the "tsukko meshi" will set someone back about 1,890 yen or about $25. Nevertheless, a waitress told Yokoyama that "hardly anyone leaves their tsukko meshi unfinished," so the cost seems well worth it.

Shop owner Hitoshi Sugita told Yokoyama that the concept of charging customers for unfinished meals has actually proven popular enough to allow him to open a second restaurant that fines customers in Tokyo in April.

Watch a video of Yokoyama and his experience at the restaurant that fines customers below.

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