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Japan

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...

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

Book chapter

...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...

Dispatch: Global Zen and the Art of Local Coffee

Global Brooklyn: Designing Food Experiences in World Cities

Bloomsbury Academic, 2021

Book chapter

...A simple white facade, a sliding glass door with the menu neatly pasted to it, few chairs outside; the narrow inner space greets the visitor with today’s drip coffee recommendation scribbled on a chalkboard. The small seating area...

The Movement to Reinvigorate Local Food Culture in Kyoto, Japan

Food Activism : Agency, Democracy and Economy

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...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...

Sushi leaves home

Food Identities at Home and on the Move : Explorations at the Intersection of Food, Belonging and Dwelling

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Book chapter

...Introduction Washoku, literally ‘Japanese food’, was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in December 2013. Its...

Waste, Incorporated

Why Food Matters : Critical Debates in Food Studies

Bloomsbury Academic, 2021

Book chapter

...Taking a deep breath in the lush vegetable fields of a Japanese agricultural training center in Myanmar fills my body with a distinct smell of excrement. Jolted by the stench, I nevertheless try to breathe normally in front of my Burmese...

Japanese women on the move

Food Identities at Home and on the Move : Explorations at the Intersection of Food, Belonging and Dwelling

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Book chapter

...Introduction Japanese cuisine is gaining popularity all over the world and ranks as the ‘most popular foreign cuisine’, at least according to a 2013 survey conducted by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries...
...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...