In humanities class, we made a pecha-kucha style presentation on our own research question that relates to the history/story of Yokohama. My research question was “How did western food come to Yokohama?”.
This is my presentation that I created. ↓
EmmaS Yokohama Presentation – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
As soon as Yokohama Port opened, the city was quick to accept foreign food culture.
At the beginning of the Meiji Restoration, the Meiji Emperor stated Western ideas for Japan’s future progress, and as part of the reformations, he lifted the ban on red meat.
One of the japanese-style western dishes, Napolitan has its roots in Yokohama. The chef of the Hotel New Grand in Yokohama, Shigetada Irie invented it because of requests from overseas guests to make a spaghetti dish that uses tomato ketchup. Icecream was also born in Yokohama.
When Yokohama’s port opened to the outside world, local farmers began harvesting cabbages, tomatoes, and onions and raising livestock to feed the population of Westerners living in the city’s foreign settlement. These new ingredients supported Yokohama for the emergence of yoshoku, or Japanese-style Western dishes.
In about 1859, the Japanese had no knowledge about western languages or business customs, but the Chinese settlers played an important role in trade between Japan and the western countries, and this let them to create the current city we see today.
I thought the pecha-kucha style presentation was interesting but also challenging because I had to include what I really need to say in the short amount of time.