To celebrate and encourage Japan's football team during the 2018 FIFA event in Russia, grilled meat restaurants Ponto-cho Yakiniku Yaruki and Yakiniku Bare Yaruki release a limited edition World Cup-themed menu option. The dish has a rather unconventional aesthetic that strongly communicates team spirit with a blue color palette. The unusual chromatic enhancement to the World Cup-themed food offering is created with a natural pigment extracted from a superfood plant, called Spirulina.
The centerpiece for the culinary offering is blue horumonyaki — essentially "beef or pork offal." The Kyoto-based restaurants season their meats with mint. Ponto-cho Yakiniku Yaruki and Yakiniku Bare Yaruk name their World Cup-themed dish 'Samurai Blue' and make it available to the public from June 14th "for as long as [the Japan team] remains in action at the 2018 FIFA."