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UNESCO-Certified Japanese Cuisine Losing its Popularity at Home | The Diplomat

UNESCO-Certified Japanese Cuisine Losing its Popularity at Home | The Diplomat | APHuG | Scoop.it
Busy lifestyles have led to a booming fast food industry, threatening “washoku.”
Leif G. D. Sahyun's insight:

While the UNESCO recognition may have boosted tourism to Japan, washoku is losing popularity among Japanese. As a result of western acculturation, globalization, and modernization, many Japanese are losing the culture of washoku to fast food and other non-Japanese cuisine.

My further insight:

Acculturation works both ways. In addition to Japan adopting western culture, many fast food chains have adopted aspects of japanese food culture. For instance, japanese KFCs offer deep-fried soup and chicken-flavored rice balls.

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Russian culture pride increasingly visible, especially in the west metro

Russian culture pride increasingly visible, especially in the west metro | APHuG | Scoop.it
In their Minnetonka classroom, 20 kindergartners and first-graders repeat Russian words as their teacher slowly sounds them out
Leif G. D. Sahyun's insight:

Russian culture in the Twin Cities resists assimilation, hanging onto the culture and language. I predict acculturation will occur, and eventually, Russian culture will become an important component of the Twin Cities' cultural landscape.

 

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Japanese Cuisine Goes Global

Japanese Cuisine Goes Global | APHuG | Scoop.it
Japan hopes a new Unesco designation will boost both tourism and food exports.
Leif G. D. Sahyun's insight:

Japan uses UNESCO's designation of washoku, traditional Japanese cuisine, as advertising for a commoditized culture. Japan hopes the recognition will boost revenue from tourism, especially from restaurants. UNESCO's recognition may malso have a local effect, increasing demand for locally grown crops.

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