Nikkei Chronicles #6: Itadakimasu 2!: Another Taste of Nikkei Culture

In response to popular demand, we are bringing back Nikkei Chronicles’ most popular and beloved theme: food! Itadakimasu 2! Another Taste of Nikkei Culture will revisit the role of food in Nikkei culture, the subject of the first Nikkei Chronicles in 2012.

We invite you to share your personal stories and essays, memoirs, academic papers, restaurant reviews, and other prose works that share your perspectives, experiences, and/or research on food.

How does the food you eat express your identity? How does food help to connect your community and bring people together? What kinds of recipes have been passed down from generation to generation in your family?

Submissions will be accepted from May 1 until September 30, 2017, at 6 p.m. PDT.

All stories that meet the project guidelines and criteria will be published in the Discover Nikkei Journal on a rolling basis as part of the Itadakimasu 2 series.

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Check out these other Nikkei Chronicles series:

#1: ITADAKIMASU! A Taste of Nikkei Culture 
#2: Nikkei+ ~ Stories of Mixed Language, Traditions, Generations & Race ~ 
#3: Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João? 
#4: Nikkei Family: Memories, Traditions, and Values 
#5: Nikkei-go: The Language of Family, Community, and Culture 

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Itadakimasu. What’s that? I never heard of it when I was growing up in postwar Canada. Japanese Language School didn’t exist in Greenwood. The only word similar to that was “Itai!” or “Itai-na!” when your older brother or sister was shoving you aside to get the best seat at the kitchen table. Besides, we all wanted to be more “Canadian-ized,” that is Anglo-Canadian culture. At Sacred Heart School, we children learned to sing “Irish Eyes are Smiling” or “Loch Lomond”. Even though the food was bland compared to Japanese food, it was a treat to have the nuns ...

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Matsutake Sukiyaki

In Seattle, my family’s mushroom hunting season would begin with discussions around the big table in the large, windowed breakfast nook at home, where the family took all everyday meals. Around the dinner table, rumors about friends and acquaintances being recognized at various well-known matsutake sites in the Cascades, the Olympic Peninsula, and Shelton were thoroughly analyzed. One year, matsutake were found under huckleberry bushes, an inconceivable place! Every Japanese family had their own, secret matsutake hunting places, locations which were family treasures. We children were sworn to secrecy and sternly admonished not to utter the names of the ...

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Gohan com arroz

Por ter nascido e crescido no Brasil e por ter pais que sempre cultivaram a cultura de seus antepassados, só fui perceber que a culinária brasileira e a culinária japonesa eram distintas quando eu tinha mais ou menos sete anos de idade.

Nessa época um amigo meu, que não é nikkei, disse o seguinte sobre o nosso colega que, como eu, era um dos únicos nikkeis da cidade de Matão, interior de São Paulo:

“Cara, você não vai acreditar: ontem eu almocei na casa do Takeda e a mãe dele serviu arroz sem sal ...

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Chawaki y butsudan

Formo parte de una familia nikkei de Okinawa y soy sansei o de tercera generación. Vivo en el Perú y todos los recuerdos familiares giran alrededor de la comida, ¿será que todas las familias okinawenses son iguales?

Cada vez que uno visitaba a la obá, ella se encargaba de servirte, hasta de darte en la boca si no comías. Era tal la inclusión que el mismo trato recibía un amigo no nikkei, si tu lo llevabas. La obá improvisaba muchas veces, hacía tempura de lo que encontraba: alguna verdura, plátano, berenjenas, vainita, zanahoria, cebollita ...

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スザノから全伯に広がるヤキソバ発祥の地の誇り — 製麺所と文協がタイアップ



レストランで食べる高級料理の「寿司・刺身」は主にブラジル人富裕層や中産階級に広まったのに対し ...

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