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American scholar films documentary on Japanese school lunches

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According to Sanborn, her love for Japanese cuisine started when the school where she taught in Gotsu, Shimane Prefecture, served a meal with fried "chikuwa" fish cake and curry.

Fish cake and curry... washoku... Can someone help me make the connection?

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Fish cake and curry... washoku... Can someone help me make the connection?

Might have to study at Harvard to find out.

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they look at food as something much more, as a tool to learn about other parts of society

Really? Never come across this before.

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My kids school meals were terrible here. Plus they were forced to drink lukewarm milk.

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Fish cake is kamaboko. Renown brand is Hakugin created by kamaboko artist.. Mr. Rihei Sugimoto of Mitajiri,, Hofu City Yamaguchi Prefecture.

Chikuwa is roll. Round and you slice to eat. You can float in soup

Curry was introduced by merchants from India. In winter, make hot with more curry. You

can make curry rice in winter.

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You can eat chikuwa or kamaboko as snack.

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@Tom: Are you in Japan? Can you pack your child's lunch?

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It seems that most every area in Japan has some food that they are considered ‘famous’ for. Be it from the farm, the ocean or some confection, there is a tie between food and local pride. I have always found that to be an interesting thing about the country.

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Curry was introduced by the British Royal Navy whom Meiji Japan looked to when they wanted to created a modern naval force. (They copied the Prussians for the army.)

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“school meals prepared with fresh local ingredients in school kitchens”

Interesting that there is no mention of the school lunch centers. In many areas the school kitchens have become a thing of the past.

For instance in the three largest cities in this prefecture the situation is as follows:

City 1: 3 centers servicing 51 elementary and junior high schools, plus 7 schools with their own kitchens.

City 2: 3 centers servicing 67 elementary and junior high schools.

City 3: 2 centers servicing 48 elementary and junior high schools, plus 2 elementary schools with their own kitchens.

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Oops, slight correction:

City 3: 2 centers servicing 48 elementary and junior high schools, plus 1 combination elementary/junior high school for disabled students and 1 elementary school with their own kitchens.

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Educator60.

Same in my City 2 centres that provide lunch for elementary and JHS, some do still cook on premises but rare now.

Truck arrives and they unload carts(1 per class incl bowls, cutlery, etc), granted keeps the cost lower.

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Pacint,

Yes, it’s mostly a cost thing, as the lunches can be privuddd at lower cost by the central kitchens. Also maybe it’s easier to build a couple of new centers that meet current hygiene standards, than to modernize all the school kitchens. On the other hand, when there’s an incident such as food poisoning, or bits of plastic or metal getting into the food, it causes widespread chaos as they have to scramble to find replacement meals for so many schools or tell so many parents to send kids with a packed lunch from home.

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privuddd — provided

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Not everywhere in Japan met British military. Chugoku and Kyushu area had trading with India and Indian merchhants sold powdered curry that grew in their country.

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Where is her Kickstarter fundraising link? Why didn't you guys include it here?

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Check out the Kickstarter link! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1233213217/nourishing-japan

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