Western Influence on Japan Essays

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The new Meiji Period was the starting point for Japan’s isolation from foreign countries. During the end of Edo period, Matthew C. Perry came to Japan and established the Nichi-Bei Washin Joyaku, the Japan-US Treaty of Amity and Friendship, allowing Japan to be fully open to the United States of America. Soon after, foreign officials from other countries came to Japan to make similar friendship treaties, changing Japan to be one of the global nations. From the treaty, Foreigners started to build homes and live in one of the ports opened to them, creating cultural influence on the people who had never seen foreigners. Through the opening of Japan during the Meiji Period, Westerners were able to enter and create a positive influence on…show more content…
Soon after, the new government publicly allowed consumption of meat for the first time in the history.

Even though the law allowed the consumption of meat, it did not become instantly a part of Japanese cuisine until the people knew the nutritional benefit of it. For several hundred years, Buddhism had forbidden people to eat four legged animals so the people were not familiar with eating meat. However, due to the lack of beef in the Japanese diet, many people suffered from illnesses such as Beriberi and a sickness called Nihonbyo. Fish provides high-protein and healthy nutrition, but meat provides different type of nutrition essential for stronger body that prevents from these illnesses. With the promotional effort by the educator, Fukuzawa Yukichi, the nutrition benefits of meat spread and the myths surrounding the impurity of beef were cleared. New recipes that included meat needed to accommodate Japanese diet in order to naturalize Western food in Japan. The introduction of Western food dramatically changed how most Japanese household ate with an introduction of meat. In Japan, Western food is commonly known as Yoshoku, a shortened form of Sei-Yoshoku. One of the first Yoshoku introduced-was curry. Curry is originally from India, but the curry introduced in Japan was British style. When Japan was looking for a new naval system to improve their military power, the
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