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Savoring Authenticity: Food Consumption and Nostalgia in Japan

Giovanni Bulian    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

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abstract

The Japanese culinary tradition and contemporary food-related values are often characterised by an emotional and evocative tone that can be traced back to nostalgia, a global multidimensional phenomenon that blends cultural anxieties, sentimental values and sense of place. The desire to remember home through food consumption, as a valuable way of approaching the past, enables the construction or redefinition of ethnic identities, cultural boundaries and a sense of uniqueness. This paper offers some introductory reflections on present-day practices and affective aspects related to Japanese food culture from the point of view of their symbolic meaning in media narratives.

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