Upon reading these three words, what comes to mind?
For many people, the answer will be the infamous blowfish, 'Fugu', one of the world's few potentially-lethal delicacies.
Fugu are well-known because, if prepared without due care and attention, they can cause all sorts of side effects - and in some cases, these side effects are fatal.
One lesser known way of enjoying fugu is known as 'hirezake'. Order hirezake, and you'll receive a small sake cup containing a dried fugu fin that has been steeped in hot sake. The idea is that this will enable you to enjoy the fragrance of the blowfish.
So, how about the fragrance of Japan's genuinely most lethal animal? Yes, that's right - sake from a local microbrewery, delicately infused with a single roasted giant hornet.
The aperitif served to us at Chikara, a locally renowned kaiseki restaurant in Gifu prefecture, offered just that. Our nine-part menu began with a an aperitif of a flame-roasted giant hornet, infused in high-quality sake: