Japanese culture through its culinary path.
Emiko’s “The Ambivalent Self of the Contemporary Japanese” is an interpretation of Itami Juzo’s Tanpopo that was dominated with observation to the highest detail of every subject, object and symbol portrayed in the movie. The interpretation have deliberately projected how Japanese culture has changed under the effects of foreign cultures through the way their food, one of the most important element that defined national culture for its high quality and aesthetic sense, have come to developed.
'Tanpopo' as the central point of view on food culture development.
Tanpopo has one central storyline following a widow and her quest to rebuild her late husband ramen shop with the help of a wild-west-cowboy hero figure named Goro, along with his friends. However, the main story did not flow smoothly throughout the movie but rather constantly interrupted by multiple cuts of small stories with different settings and unnamed characters. The singular impressiveness about Tanpopo was the…show more content… However, their long cumulative traditional values of being reserve, following the group opinion, borderline hierarchy, avoiding consequence (Hofstede, 2016)would interfere with the process. Therefore, it is undeniable that Japanese would struggle with their collective self when interacting and absorbing new culture elements when the nation finally decided to match up with the world. It was what originated the crossbreed food, the yoshoku, the combination which takes a form that can be handled either way that comforts the people. It is still true to this day where a lot of restaurant that labeled as western (e.g Italian, French…) provide the utensils of both chopsticks and western dining fork/knife/spoon for