Meaning “Western food” in English, this is a type of Westernized cuisine catering to the Japanese taste. For a long time since the late 19th century, yōshoku has been loved by generations and representing an example of fusion culinary.
The origin of yōshoku dates back to the Meiji Restoration period (1868-1912) when Japan first opened up to the world trading with Europeans, among that promoting the culture. Culinary culture was no exception. With the Emperor promoting the lifestyle of consuming meat, the contrasting taboo against the produce gradually faded away.
Initially, authentic Western food was not available to the majority and only served at banquets for foreign and Japanese dignitaries. Over time, Western cuisine was localized to the tastes and preferences of Japanese, especially after World War II. Yōshoku then began to take roots in local diet and soon became a staple of Japanese food culture.
Yōshoku in Japan
Yōshoku has various levels of “Japanized”. While typical servings usually served on a plate, eaten with cutlery and written in Katakana that distinguish local versus foreign, some goes on to be sufficiently customized. In the end seen as washoku (traditional Japanese food) – serving with rice, miso and eaten with chopsticks.
Today yōshoku can be found throughout Japan, from upscale Yōshokuya (Western-style restaurants) to family eateries, Japanese cafes and even at convenience stores. Hearty like curry rice カレーライス or simplistic elegance napolitan ナポリタン, yōshoku is the inheritance of Japan spirit within Western cuisine: warm, cozy and intimate. Having been loved by all ages, it’s a great choice for family meals.
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