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Learning to appreciate foodie porn in Japan

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I’ll admit it – I never got the whole ‘taking a picture of your food’ thing. I’m not a foodie. I like a tasty treat as much as the next person, but it’s not one of my real interests. However, I’ve lived here in Tokyo for over 13 years, and it seems that every other meal begins with my Japanese friends taking pictures of the food. Now I see it in the States as well: maybe it’s one result of the slow food and foodie movements?

Anyway, taking a picture of my food is something I wouldn’t have thought of, space age smart phones be darned. I’m not sure that it’s so much a cultural, as a personal difference. Or maybe it’s six of one/half a dozen of the other.

Which brings me to the question: how much of what we do is culturally motivated, and how much is based on our personal preferences? I don’t have a definitive answer. But I think it’s an interesting question. And we might even put forth a few answers in the podcast, since Karamoon is coming from another set of perspectives altogether.

to be continued…

ps. yes I took the picture above. but it was almost an afterthought. I had just slipped the case off my chopsticks and was ready to have at it – but then it occurred to me that I’d just gotten this nifty camera app, so I might as well use it.

4 Responses to “Learning to appreciate foodie porn in Japan”

  1. Woyteac says:

    hey!
    Neat website! Ill be looking forward to upcoming podcast episodes!

    regards
    Woj

  2. Terri says:

    Hey Woj:

    cool, thanks for your comment. first show will be out on Monday…

    cheers,
    Terri

  3. Hugh says:

    This is just what we were talking about the other day, isn’t it? Food programs on the TV as pornography.

    • Terri says:

      Hi Hugh, yes, foodie porn – but not the quirky cool kind. More like the open, chewing, cooing maw kind…sigh. ah well, there are worse hobbies.

      thank you for stopping by!

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