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Natsukashi... Food + Memories

Issue No. 1: Intersections + Magic - August 2021 -------

gohan – ご飯 (ごはん) : a noun meaning ‘rice’, especially ‘cooked rice’ in Japanese. Depending on the situation and context, this word can also mean ‘meal’ in general.

Food Nostalgia: The Top Five Reasons Why Food Connects Us to Our Memories

ONE: Childhood memories are often sparked by scent memory.

TWO: Food memories are immersive because they involve multi-sensory memories, often with connections to our senses of sound, taste, touch, smell and sight. Learn more about food memories/nostalgia, aka the Proust Complex here:

THREE: Food rituals are important moments in our individual and collective memories. They permeate our culture.

FOUR: Enjoying and cooking food provide opportunities for non-verbal connection. We are able to tie visual, auditory and taste cues to communicate through the language of cuisine.

FIVE: There is a cult-like reverence to Japanese cuisine, with many heritage foods perfected and passed through generations—like mochi and manju.

Learn how to make everything from sushi to strawberry baum cakes in Maori Murota’s Tokyo Cult Recipes.

Mochi, Manju and Historic Japanese Confectionary FUGETSUDO

FUGETSUDO is LA Little Tokyo’s historic Japanese confectionary, producing Japanese sweets like sweet and pillowy mochi, and rich bean paste filled manju, since 1903. Watch how the magic is made and learn about the shop’s history.

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Article written by Margaret Ozaki-Graves


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