Common in train stations and department store food courts, Japanese bakery chains often specialize in clever interpretations of European baked goods and reconfigurations of culinary traditions from other countries. They provide visitors not only with snacks, but with a unique perspective. Kare pan is curry bread, a typical bakery item. In Japan, foreign cultural symbols aren't merely appropriated; they're savored, celebrated, and then regurgitated as something fresh. In the rich world of Japanese baked goods, this process can be seen as authentically Japanese, even if the food itself is not.
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Research Article| February 01 2012
A Kare Pan Is a Pretty Good Start
andrew simmons teaches high school and plays music. He has written for the New York Times, Via, Los Angeles Weekly, San Francisco Weekly, the Oakland Tribune, The Believer, and Gastronomica. He lives in California.
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Gastronomica (2012) 12 (1): 87–90.
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andrew simmons; A Kare Pan Is a Pretty Good Start. Gastronomica 1 February 2012; 12 (1): 87–90. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/GFC.2012.12.1.87
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