TOKYO A Japanese fan club for wasps has added
the insects to rice crackers, saying the result adds a waspish
scent to the traditional fare.
The jibachi senbei, or digger wasp rice crackers, are made
in Omachi town 200 km (120 miles) northwest of Tokyo and have
five or six black digger wasps each, clearly visible to the
"Young people see the bugs and refuse to eat the senbei,"
said Torao Kayatsu, the president of the Omachi digger wasp
lovers club, who has been handing out sample crackers around
town. "But seniors, they love them. We even have an order from
a nursing home."
Along with the waspish scent, Kayatsu said the crackers
were slightly more oily than the soy-sauce flavoured
"It's hard to explain," he said. "You really just have to
taste it yourself."
A bag of 20 crackers costs 370 yen (1.60 pounds), but
output may be limited as the wasps are caught in the wild for