Feeding Japan

The Cultural and Political Issues of Dependency and Risk

  • Andreas Niehaus
  • Tine Walravens

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Tine Walravens, Andreas Niehaus
    Pages 1-16
  3. Inventing Japanese Food Identities

  4. Feeding the Nation: Japanese Food Identities in Times of Globalization

  5. Japanese Food Identities Inside-Out

  6. Agricultural Politics of Self-Sufficiency and Dependency

  7. Post-Fukushima Food Education and Food Safety

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 535-540

About this book


This edited collection explores the historical dimensions, cultural practices, socio-economic mechanisms and political agendas that shape the notion of a national cuisine inside and outside of Japan. Japanese food is often perceived as pure, natural, healthy and timeless, and these words not only fuel a hype surrounding Japanese food and lifestyle worldwide, but also a domestic retro-movement that finds health and authenticity in ‘traditional’ ingredients, dishes and foodways. The authors in this volume bring together research from the fields of history, cultural and religious studies, food studies as well as political science and international relations, and aim to shed light on relevant aspects of culinary nationalism in Japan while unearthing the underlying patterns and processes in the construction of food identities.


Japanese cuisine Culinary nationalism Food studies Consumption Asian culture sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Andreas Niehaus
    • 1
  • Tine Walravens
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Languages and CulturesGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Languages and CulturesGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-50552-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-50553-4
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