Our guest is Joshua Schlachet who is the Assistant Professor of Japanese History at The University of Arizona.
Josh is a historian of early modern and modern Japan, specializing in the cultural history of food and nourishment in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, which was the era of powerful Shoguns and the subsequent westernization. But the scope of his work is way beyond it sounds! His research includes global and comparative food studies and histories of science and health, which we can practically apply to our modern (and often problematic) lifestyle.
By the way, Josh joined us on Episode 98 as an instructor of the Wa-Shokuiku program, which teaches elementary and middle school students in the U.S. about Japanese food and foodways through hands-on cooking and learning activities.
In this episode, we will discuss the flourishing Japanese food culture in the 18th and 19th centuries, which also gave birth to our favorite Japanese foods including sushi, the unique healthy diet philosophies back then, how we can apply them to our life and much, much more!
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