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Curry was already known in Japan by the time the navy turned their attention to it, but it was regarded as an expensive "yoshoku" (European style) dish, reserved for the upper classes. In any case they came up with a recipe or so that worked on ships.

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Curry was already known in Japan by the time the navy turned their attention to it, but it was regarded as an expensive "yoshoku" (European style) dish, reserved for the upper classes. In any case they came up with a recipe or so that worked on ships.

Back to rice and beri beri though. When the new Meiji government started up a navy in the late 19th century, they ran into that old malnutrition problem again. Scurvy and beri beri were both a problem since the rations were heavily rice based.

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Back to rice and beri beri though. When the new Meiji government started up a navy in the late 19th century, they ran into that old malnutrition problem again. Scurvy and beri beri were both a problem since the rations were heavily rice based.

The Big Three foods of Edo are probably the big 3 "traditional" Japanese foods known around the world today: soba, sushi (nigirizushi), and Edo style tempura. All started out as street food. pic.twitter.com/nXCXJlca89

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The Big Three foods of Edo are probably the big 3 "traditional" Japanese foods known around the world today: soba, sushi (nigirizushi), and Edo style tempura. All started out as street food.

Edo had a really active street food culture by the way, because it had a very large population of single dudes; mostly bushi (samurai) from various regions doing their Edo assignments, but also others - e.g. artisans, traveling salesmen, etc.

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Edo had a really active street food culture by the way, because it had a very large population of single dudes; mostly bushi (samurai) from various regions doing their Edo assignments, but also others - e.g. artisans, traveling salesmen, etc.

During WWII there was a severe rice shortage, since most able bodied men were conscripted into the army. The 'good' rice was reserved for the wealthy/gov't officials and the military. To compensate, the gov't started importing Indica rice from SE Asia.

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During WWII there was a severe rice shortage, since most able bodied men were conscripted into the army. The 'good' rice was reserved for the wealthy/gov't officials and the military. To compensate, the gov't started importing Indica rice from SE Asia.

What helped the people of Edo from getting really sick was the popularity of soba, sold from stalls. People eventually figured out that soba helped to prevent Edo disease, and its popularity soared. pic.twitter.com/HRWmOJ9fXa

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What helped the people of Edo from getting really sick was the popularity of soba, sold from stalls. People eventually figured out that soba helped to prevent Edo disease, and its popularity soared.

The most common nutrient-deficient disease (caused by a lack of vitamin B-1) was beri beri, which was called the Edo disease (江戸病) because it was so common. A couple of shoguns even got beri beri.

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The most common nutrient-deficient disease (caused by a lack of vitamin B-1) was beri beri, which was called the Edo disease (江戸病) because it was so common. A couple of shoguns even got beri beri.

On the other hand, since urban Edo people (who were better off financially that most farming folk) filled themselves up with rice, white rice if they could afford it, they often suffered from malnutrition such as scurvy.

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On the other hand, since urban Edo people (who were better off financially that most farming folk) filled themselves up with rice, white rice if they could afford it, they often suffered from malnutrition such as scurvy.

So, since farmers had to hand in their rice crop, they ate other things like various kinds of millet, buckwheat (soba), wheat, nuts. Later on (around the 18th c or so) things like sweet potatoes were eaten. This meant they actually had healthier diets.

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So, since farmers had to hand in their rice crop, they ate other things like various kinds of millet, buckwheat (soba), wheat, nuts. Later on (around the 18th c or so) things like sweet potatoes were eaten. This meant they actually had healthier diets.

This is not too bad. Spoiler: the answer to the “has Japan always been a rice based society” is, absolutely not. It’s easier perhaps to think of it this way: rice was, until the later 20th c., an aspirational food. twitter.com/tweetistorian/…

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This is not too bad. Spoiler: the answer to the “has Japan always been a rice based society” is, absolutely not. It’s easier perhaps to think of it this way: rice was, until the later 20th c., an aspirational food. twitter.com/tweetistorian/…

去年の今頃ヘルニアの手術を受けた者として、ふなっしー のヘルニアの激痛の話は人ごとではない。余りにも痛くて何日も全然眠る事も食べる事も出来なくて、この地獄から解き放たれるのだったら死んでもいいと真剣に思った。@funassyi

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去年の今頃ヘルニアの手術を受けた者として、ふなっしー のヘルニアの激痛の話は人ごとではない。余りにも痛くて何日も全然眠る事も食べる事も出来なくて、この地獄から解き放たれるのだったら死んでもいいと真剣に思った。

(questions* of. Twitter grrr)

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(questions* of. Twitter grrr)

So these are the things that define me really. 1. I'm Japanese, but I think I can look at the society from 'outside'. 2. I am really J/E bilingual. 3. My illnesses have changed me a lot. 10/

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So these are the things that define me really. 1. I'm Japanese, but I think I can look at the society from 'outside'. 2. I am really J/E bilingual. 3. My illnesses have changed me a lot. 10/

So I started writing about more than food - Japanese culture, society, history, and whatnot. I did get back to food writing too (and never stopped writing for The Japan Times), and got to my 2nd cookbook in 2015-16. But then... 8/

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So I started writing about more than food - Japanese culture, society, history, and whatnot. I did get back to food writing too (and never stopped writing for The Japan Times), and got to my 2nd cookbook in 2015-16. But then... 8/

5時に夢中で「EU離脱に賛成したイギリス人はただのんびり生きたいだけじゃないか。別に大英帝国時代に戻りたい訳じゃないだろう」とか言ってたw

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5時に夢中で「EU離脱に賛成したイギリス人はただのんびり生きたいだけじゃないか。別に大英帝国時代に戻りたい訳じゃないだろう」とか言ってたw

マツコさんのコメントって、日本国内の事に関しては的中してると思うけど、海外の事に関しては全然的外れだね。

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マツコさんのコメントって、日本国内の事に関しては的中してると思うけど、海外の事に関しては全然的外れだね。

忙しいよう 忙しいよー ギャー ギャー ああぁ orz

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忙しいよう 忙しいよー ギャー ギャー ああぁ orz

I did write a bit about The Naked Director when it first came out, describing the times it takes place in (a very different Japan from now) justmyjapan.com/history/netfli…

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I did write a bit about The Naked Director when it first came out, describing the times it takes place in (a very different Japan from now) justmyjapan.com/history/netfli…

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