historical changes of food in Japan

historical changes of food in Japan

Comment on the historical changes of food in Japan. How have contact with foreign cultures, economic growth, wartime destruction, and other macro-level factors changed perceptions and behavior toward food. Choose one specific food or dish an examine how it has changed in relation to historical conditions. How has the industrialization of food shifted tastes and eating habits, both in Japan and internationally. How has industrialization changed the definition of traditional “Japanese food”? Examine at least two specific foods to make your point. Exportation of Japanese food culture can be thought of as a form of soft power, possibly in response to Japan’s dependency on imported food supply in an attempt to create a trade balance. Discuss how the national promotion of washoku functions in terms of the global balance of food scarcity.