The Tokyo Party Trend That Paired Tuna And EDM

When you think about going clubbing or searching for live music sets, Michelin-starred restaurants most likely aren't the first locations that come to mind. That is until the tuna party began.

"EDM" is an acronym for "Electronic Dance Music," a music genre defined by edmprod as "any form of music that is both produced electronically with digital (computers) and analog equipment, and is designed to be danced to." Hallmark characteristics of this music style include kick drums, synthesizers, heavy bass, and electronic techno sounds. EDM's repetitive, lyric-less beats are designed to get listeners' systems pumping.

According to Hip Hop Makers, the music genre cropped up in the late 1980s but didn't start gaining popularity until the 2010s. Since then, EDM has become synonymous with club culture; in fact, the music is often referred to as club music and dance music. But what does EDM have to do with tuna? We're glad you asked.

Fresh beats served with raw tuna

Maguro House is a tuna party, and the event is gaining popularity in Tokyo, where more Michelin-starred restaurants can be found than in any other city (per WorldAtlas). Maguro House brings fish-carving out of local fish markets and into a club environment — specifically, an EDM show. The way Maguro House works, reports Japan Today, is a group of fishmongers ceremoniously carry a massive live tuna onstage. A chef beheads the raw fish before the screaming crowd, and the tuna is sliced and served. 

While the chef raises his knife to behead the tuna, reports Vice, an onstage MC screams into a microphone to rally the crowd. Vice describes the party as a mix of "live fish evisceration, go-go-dancing sushi chefs, and a terrifying tuna-headed ... All this, backed by an equally panic-inducing soundtrack of screeching electro." We suppose dancing works up a special kind of hunger.