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A note on the making of culinary tradition--an example of modern Japan.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9573447     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article deals with the transition of Japanese food culture in the late nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth century. It explains the three main stages of this transition, namely the adoption of Western haute cuisine by the Japanese élite, the diffusion of Western ingredients, dishes and cookery techniques among the urban middle class, and the popularization of the new Japanese-Western hybrid cuisine by the military. This new cuisine began to acquire the status of culinary "tradition" from the 1950s onwards. Dietary changes in modern Japan were to a large extent a consequence of deliberate policies of the government. In the early stage, Westernization of the élite's diet was regarded as necessary in order to achieve a status of a "civilized" nation. Later, deliberate dietary reforms were undertaken with the aim of improving physical conditions of the population. These deliberate actions were directly influenced by the political circumstances in which Japan found itself in the period discussed.
K Cwiertka
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Appetite     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0195-6663     ISO Abbreviation:  Appetite     Publication Date:  1998 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-06-23     Completed Date:  1998-06-23     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006808     Medline TA:  Appetite     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  117-28     Citation Subset:  IM; Q    
Centre for Japanese and Korean Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Cookery / history*
Cultural Characteristics*
Diet / history*
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
Social Class

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