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The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (the official name of the navy) has several curry recipes on their site. mod.go.jp/msdf/kanmeshi/…

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The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (the official name of the navy) has several curry recipes on their site. mod.go.jp/msdf/kanmeshi/…

Every division/unit/ship crew is said to have their own variation and are very proud of them. This is the Yokosuka curry that’s in the Pompadour curry pan (Yokosuka is down south of Yokohama, in Kanagawa.) pic.twitter.com/aPN0KpNf4t

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Every division/unit/ship crew is said to have their own variation and are very proud of them. This is the Yokosuka curry that’s in the Pompadour curry pan (Yokosuka is down south of Yokohama, in Kanagawa.)

These days, curry is not only still served on ships, Navy curry has become a useful PR tool for the JDF. There are curry events all the time to help them establish good relations with local residents etc.

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These days, curry is not only still served on ships, Navy curry has become a useful PR tool for the JDF. There are curry events all the time to help them establish good relations with local residents etc.

By 1889 there was an official Navy Curry cookbook. (Incidentally, the legend that curry was served every Friday so the seamen wouldn’t lose track of time seems to have been made up after serving curry on weekends had become a custom already.)

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By 1889 there was an official Navy Curry cookbook. (Incidentally, the legend that curry was served every Friday so the seamen wouldn’t lose track of time seems to have been made up after serving curry on weekends had become a custom already.)

The Navy higherups considered it a perfect dish; suitable for hot or cold weather, easy even for non-cooks to make with a recipe, spices that encouraged good circulation, nutritious and of course delicious.

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The Navy higherups considered it a perfect dish; suitable for hot or cold weather, easy even for non-cooks to make with a recipe, spices that encouraged good circulation, nutritious and of course delicious.

The newly established Meiji period Imperial Navy had a problem with malnutrition at sea, esp. beriberi. They were looking for a nutritious dish that could be prepared in large quantities, and hit upon the curry served on British Navy ships

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The newly established Meiji period Imperial Navy had a problem with malnutrition at sea, esp. beriberi. They were looking for a nutritious dish that could be prepared in large quantities, and hit upon the curry served on British Navy ships

The first mention of a curry like dish in Japanese was by Yukichi Fukuzawa in 1860, in the waning days of the Edo period. He saw it being eaten on a British ship by the Indian staff, and called it “koruri”.

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The first mention of a curry like dish in Japanese was by Yukichi Fukuzawa in 1860, in the waning days of the Edo period. He saw it being eaten on a British ship by the Indian staff, and called it “koruri”.

Some places do sell bread with added bran (wheat or rice), such as Natural Lawson. However, Japanese people firmly prefer soft, fluffy, 'mochi mochi' bread, so that is what is the mainstream. twitter.com/rugby4all_jp/s…

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Some places do sell bread with added bran (wheat or rice), such as Natural Lawson. However, Japanese people firmly prefer soft, fluffy, 'mochi mochi' bread, so that is what is the mainstream. twitter.com/rugby4all_jp/s…

The biggest reason why 'bran bread' is available in Japan these days is the widespread popularity of low-carb diets. People aren't really selecting the 'bran bread' for taste, so we'll see how long that trend lasts.

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The biggest reason why 'bran bread' is available in Japan these days is the widespread popularity of low-carb diets. People aren't really selecting the 'bran bread' for taste, so we'll see how long that trend lasts.

A similar process of desirability of white bread vs. brown bread followed by rejection of white bread and re-embrace of brown bread didn't really happen in Japan, or other parts of the world. (The discussion of white vs. brown rice is another tangent.)

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A similar process of desirability of white bread vs. brown bread followed by rejection of white bread and re-embrace of brown bread didn't really happen in Japan, or other parts of the world. (The discussion of white vs. brown rice is another tangent.)

That only changed when regular people in N. America/Europe could afford white bread. As white bread became associated with industrial production, brown bread became more 'natural' and therefore, desirable, especially after the late '60s-'70s.

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That only changed when regular people in N. America/Europe could afford white bread. As white bread became associated with industrial production, brown bread became more 'natural' and therefore, desirable, especially after the late '60s-'70s.

Also, the insistence of a bit of roughage (brown) in bread is not a universal preference at all, more North American/Northern/western European, post-20th century.

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Also, the insistence of a bit of roughage (brown) in bread is not a universal preference at all, more North American/Northern/western European, post-20th century.

I have lived in many other countries, including France. While I appreciate many kinds of bread, as a Japanese person I still find the fluffy mochi mochi bread my 'home bread'. It's a matter of perspective.

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I have lived in many other countries, including France. While I appreciate many kinds of bread, as a Japanese person I still find the fluffy mochi mochi bread my 'home bread'. It's a matter of perspective.

The Lawson version is Mentaiko France, which uses a crusty French style bread. This is very good. pic.twitter.com/GiPLnCCH7V

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The Lawson version is Mentaiko France, which uses a crusty French style bread. This is very good.

Mentaiko pan may be the ultimate fusion bread. It’s a roll with mentaiko (spicy salty cod roe) mixed with butter, and sometimes mayo. This is Family Mart’s version. pic.twitter.com/r5FkJR3u0N

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Mentaiko pan may be the ultimate fusion bread. It’s a roll with mentaiko (spicy salty cod roe) mixed with butter, and sometimes mayo. This is Family Mart’s version.

(Sidebar: a corn dog is called an American dog. Not as popular as they used to be though. The dough is usually rather sweet, like a pancake. ) pic.twitter.com/6B7W7kJcci

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(Sidebar: a corn dog is called an American dog. Not as popular as they used to be though. The dough is usually rather sweet, like a pancake. )

Sausage pan is either a hot dog, or a sausage baked wrapped in dough. This is the former type from Pasco, another industrial bakery pic.twitter.com/DreS0udLFp

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Sausage pan is either a hot dog, or a sausage baked wrapped in dough. This is the former type from Pasco, another industrial bakery

Corn and mayo is good too, baked on the dough. Japanese ppl love mayo. This is a corn-ham-mayo pan from Lawson. One of my faves. pic.twitter.com/SpyXiI0ZWk

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Corn and mayo is good too, baked on the dough. Japanese ppl love mayo. This is a corn-ham-mayo pan from Lawson. One of my faves.

A variation on hamumayo is bacon mayo. This is the 7-11 version. pic.twitter.com/3JSzlXbubq

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A variation on hamumayo is bacon mayo. This is the 7-11 version.

Hamumayo pan is a soft roll that is baked topped or filled with a mix of ham, mayonnaise and sometimes cheese. This is a rather nice looking home made version. pic.twitter.com/gc3GJV5BMi

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Hamumayo pan is a soft roll that is baked topped or filled with a mix of ham, mayonnaise and sometimes cheese. This is a rather nice looking home made version.

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