The pigs to the left are no ordinary pigs, they are Tokyo-X pigs. I was first drawn to them by their excellent name, which refers to the fact that they are the first genuinely original hybrid developed in Japan. The first Tokyo-X pigs were born at the Tokyo Metropolitan Livestock Experiment Station in 1997. They are apparently a cross of the Berkshire, Beijing Black and Duroc breeds. You can find a history of this breed and a lively discussion of their meat at the English language site of the Ohtama Ham Company (here
). There is also an excellent logo for Tokyo-X that I can't figure out how to add to this posting without messing up the layout. Sorry.
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