Shinohara isn’t a professional chef, in fact his preferred description of himself is “earth boy.” And it’s his love of all things nature-related that led to him insect-based food.
“I want to introduce the joy of insect eating, so that insects will be respected equally to animals and plants,” he told AFP.
Shinohara’s love affair with insects began as a child, when he spent most of his time in fields and bushes, catching grasshoppers and cicadas.
He was so fascinated by creepy-crawlies that he eventually even tasted them — but only secretly.
“I couldn’t tell anyone that I love insects or I eat insects until I was about 20 years old,” he says shyly. “I was afraid of becoming the odd one out or being bullied for it.”