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Menus for the Soul

Changing Food Landscapes in Contemporary Japan

Paola Scrolavezza    Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, Italia    

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abstract

As Nancy K. Stalker (2018) points out, in recent years food in Japan has established itself as a fundamental feature of national and local identity and became one of Japan's most influential cultural brands. An intriguing example is the B-kyū gurume boom, the celebration of creative versions of typical comfort food, intertwined with the obsession for local traditions. Such processes are reflected in representations of food in media and arts: contemporary culture plays a fundamental role in shaping but also in connoting food culture with new meanings. The aim of this paper is to analyze the construction and narration of contemporary Japanese food culture in one of the most recent and successful franchises, Shin’ya Shokudō, the popular manga by Abe Yarō, which inspired the Netflix series that enjoyed unexpected international success in 2017.

Published
Dec. 22, 2021
Accepted
July 13, 2021
Submitted
June 10, 2021
Language
EN
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-559-9

Keywords: FoodShin’ya ShokudōNational IdentityB-kyū gurumeMediaJapan

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