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ACMtalks: Famous foods and restaurants in Japanese prints
20 May, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Japanese colour woodblock prints of the Edo period (1603–1868) promoted everything from tooth powder to textile design and much in between. This talk explores the famous regional foods (meibutsu) and restaurants (meisho) that were popularised through such works. One focal point will be the gastronomic delights such as yam soup, gardenia dyed rice, and oak-leaf dumplings that travellers enjoyed along the roughly 300 mile-long Tokaido Road linking Edo (modern-day Tokyo) and Kyoto. Another will be the specialties of the fashionable restaurants in Edo, many of which were gathering spots for the celebrities of the day.