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Japan: Banqueting Beyond a Bridge of Dreams

Kaori O’Connor

Kaori O’Connor is an anthropologist at University College London (UCL), UK. Holding degrees in anthropology from Reed College, Oxford University and UCL, she has written widely on the anthropology of food, won the prestigious Sophie Coe Prize for Food History in 2009 and is a frequent media commentator. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Never-Ending Feast : The Anthropology and Archaeology of Feasting

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...There was food, six trays made of nettle-tree wood with mother-of-pearl inlay. The surface was embossed in places. The cloth too was intricately woven and inset with ivory. The food boxes, chopstick-rests, sake cups and bowls had all been...

The Shadow of Shinoda Osamu

Writing Food History : A Global Perspective

Berg, 2013

Book chapter

...Shinoda Osamu and Food Research in East Asia In his distinguished speaker lecture delivered at the meeting of the Council on Nutritional Anthropology at the 2001 annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Sidney...

Italian cuisine in Japan and the power of networking among cooks

Food, Power, and Agency

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Itameshi is a portmanteau coined by blending the words Italia and meshi, which in this context means food or meal.Itameshi refers to Italian cuisine that is either traditional or has been adapted to suit Japanese taste. Starting in the late...


The Cambridge World History of Food

© Cambridge University Press, 2000

Encyclopedia entry

...Rice and Staple Food Rice has long been the main staple of the traditional Japanese diet. It is not only consumed daily...

The Movement to Reinvigorate Local Food Culture in Kyoto, Japan

Food Activism : Agency, Democracy and Economy

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Introduction In 2010 the media corporation Food Channel compiled a list of food trends it expected to increase in popularity the following year. Number three on the list was a phenomenon called “Local Somewhere” that acknowledged...

Reflecting Authenticity: “Grandmother’s Yogurt” between Bulgaria and Japan

Food Between the Country and the City : Ethnographies of a Changing Global Foodscape

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

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...“For us, the Bulgarians, yogurt is as important as bread. There is no other product so closely connected with our daily diets, from the cradle to the deathbed.” This is how, in November 2007, the president of ELBY, the only state-owned...

Banquets Against Boredom: Towards Understanding (Samurai) Cuisine in Early Modern Japan

Food History: Critical and Primary Sources : Global Contact and Early Industrialization

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...“The pleasures of the table belong to all times and all ages, to every country and every day; they go hand in hand with all our other pleasures, outlast them, and remain to console us for their loss.” The Physiology of Taste...

Soy: China, Japan and the World

Ken Albala

Ken Albala is Professor of History at the University of the Pacific and chair of the Food Studies MA program in San Francisco. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Beans : A History

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

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...Sometimes called the miracle bean or Cinderella bean, the pale waif we know as soy has miraculously emerged as the most widely grown bean on the planet, the darling of the food industries and genetically one of the most extensively modified...

Making the Multi-Dimensional Taste of Japanese Cuisine Public

Making Taste Public : Ethnographies of Food and the Senses

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...Introduction “Where on your body do you register taste?” Chef Sonobe Shingo asks the elementary school students he teaches about Japanese cuisine. “Tongue!” students shout first. “Where else?” he asks. Usually students answer...
...Vegetarianism in Japan Many Western vegetarians express feelings of frustration at the lack of meat-free options in Japan, with vegans finding it almost impossible to eat...