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Introduction to Finnish Food Adventure

Food. I love food. I love eating. Who doesn't, unless you are dead.


Hello everyone, I'm a Japanese living in Finland, and I love food. On this blog, I review Finnish food.

I would like to tell you a bit about my background, to give you perspective on my taste buds, and my eligibility of criticizing food.

I grew up in Japan.

That's all I have to say.

PS:

But if I have to add to that, Japan is a country with delicious food, and rich food culture.

PPS:

Japan historically had wide variety of natural ingredients, and a long history of offering delicacies (and other gifts) to the people of ruling classes, combined with the tradition of (sometimes inhumanely) hard apprenticeship in mastering skills (please refer to a documentary about a sushi master Jiro Ono), Japan became a country with high standards for tastes.

In the old days you could have tasted those master class food making skills only if you are among the privileged few. But as the time went by and the old social classes dissolved into the everyone-is-equal (more or less) modern society, food mastery knowledge became widely available for the masses. And as the capitalism erodes the society, delicious food made by well knowledgeable, highly trained chefs became available for anyone, for a fraction of the price.

More recently, Japanese food culture has adopted delicacies of around the globe. Which of course can upset people from a country of similarly highly prided food culture, when they found out about how Japan ruined their traditional historical piece of food art into its so-called "Japanese version", such as the Japanese curry. But at the same time, such inter-racial food marriages has added international depth into modern Japanese food culture and its resulted tastes (which is probably a healthy thing, to widen its food-gene-pool, instead of food-endogamy).

Also Japan invented that TV show Iron Chef, Japan found the concept of umami (which has lead to the invention of MSG, Monosodium glutamate, for better or worse), traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese "Washoku" is listed on the UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (which I consider as a silly self-pride boosting marketing stunt done by Japan), and according to Favy, Japan is "the country with the most Michelin-star awarded cities".

PPPS:

You might be less convinced about how sophisticated my taste buds are and that I am born eligible to be a food critic now. But oh well, I hope you enjoy my Food Adventures in Finland.

Thank you,

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