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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

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

About the editors

Andreas Niehaus is Head of the Department Languages and Cultures at Ghent University, Belgium. His research focuses on early-modern and modern Japanese body culture, sport history as well as cultural and national identities.

Tine Walravens is a Research Assistant at the Institute of Japanese Studies, Ghent University, Belgium. Her research is on the politics of food and food safety in East Asia, in particular Japanese consumer trust and food risk.

Bibliographic information


“This is the best volume dealing with the production and consumption of food in Japan that has been published to date.” (Katarzyna J. Cwiertka, Global Food History, Vol. 4 (1), 2018)