Japanese Fast Food
InJapan, like any other countries in the world, the notion of fast foodis becoming increasingly acceptable. People find fast food convenientwhen they are in a hurry or when they have a busy schedule. Fast foodmay be consumed by people who want just to enjoy a quick bite andthose who are late for either an official appointment or someconcerts somewhere. The fast food one takes will normally depend onthe total time one has and can either be imported or indigenous innature. Some examples of fast food in Japan include noodle dishes,rice balls, as well as the most popular sushi. Sushi is one of thefoods that reflect on the richest Japanese connoisseurship. It wasfast discovered as a street food just like many of the Japanesecuisine, for example, rice balls, noodle dishes and box lunches.
Sushihappens to be among the most popular Japanese words. All over theworld, this Japanese fast food is enjoyed, respected and appreciated.This food is showcased in various restaurants across the world andreflects on the rich Japanese culture. Initially, Sushi was developedin South East Asia preservation means. In the modern times, Japanesepeople have embraced Sushi as one of the best fast foods for theirbusy lifestyles (Ashkenazi et al., 26) Although Sushi food was atfirst seen as a reflection of the rich Japanese culinary expertise,today it has become to be accepted as the most appropriate fast foodfor their lifestyle. Traditionally, the Japanese have always beenknown as very active people in the word. This has seen Japantransform into a highly industrialized country in the world today(Ashkenazi et al., 31). As a result, the Japanese people spent verylittle time in eating.
Japanesehave been known to work for very long hours. Part of the reason theJapanese spend long hours at work is their belief that such apractice is a sign of devotion. In addition, they`re work partpattern also differs significantly from the conventional one. Forinstance, while most companies in the world start working as early as7 am the Japanese companies tend to begin their work sometimes inthe day. This forces them to adjust their eating pattern and as suchresort to the consumption of fast food such as sushi and noodles.Sushi and other fast foods, therefore, become the only option forthose who have a busy schedule.
Anotherreason the Japanese have embraced fast foods is the nature of theirtraditional foods. Traditionally, Japanese has been spending muchtime to cook their food. The main reason this was common was due tothe extremely rich culinary culture which was characterized bylabor-intensive process of cooking. This meticulous method of foodpreparation can be easily noticed in Kaiseki, a multicourse dinner inJapan (Ishige 14). The term Kaiseki is also used to refer to thearray of techniques and skills which have traditionally been used toprepare Japanese meals. The technique is used to balance colors offood, appearance, texture and taste. While such a cooking techniqueis still valued in the Japanese culture, it is not appropriate fortheir busy life In most cases, traditional Japanese food would takemuch time to prepare. Considering that time is of the essence amongthe Japanese workers, it, therefore, becomes necessary to only eatthose foods that take less time to both prepare and eat. This iswhere fast food such as sushi and noodle comes in the Japaneseculture. Such fast foods have numerous advantages which make themsuitable amongst the Japanese working class population (Rath et al.,48). To begin with, Japanese fast food requires very little time toget prepared as opposed to the traditional meals. One of the mainreasons for this is that there are very few ingredients required inthe preparation of fast food thus it is easily prepared. Apart fromthe preparation part, fast food also involves less time to be servedto customers.
Themajority of the fast food customers are the working category ofpeople that do not have much time to sit and it. They, therefore,consider the consumption of fast food as the only way thorough whichthey can save their time. In most cases, serving sushi can only taketen minutes of the customer`s time. Time is of very important for themajority of the working class in Japan. It has been a tradition amongthe Japanese to save time at any instance. While they may take apersonal initiative to save their time, in some cases, their commutersystem mighty makes them lose some considerable time. As such, asignificant number of them carry packed sushi for their ownconveniences.
Anotheradvantage of Japanese sushi is that it is relatively healthy comparedto others types of food offered by retailers worldwide. Researchsuggests that sushi has a number health benefits which can confersome advantage to the consumers. For instance, sushi has been foundto have little calorific content compared to other fast foods. Unlikeother types of food, sushi has little or no cholesterol or fat. Thismakes it healthy for consumption, as it reduces the risks ofdiseases. Additionally, sushi has been found to have low saturatedfats which can be quite unhealthy for a person (Rowney &Charlotte 28). Instead, sushi can have some significant amount ofprotein that is advantageous to their body. Sushi also has somemedicinal value which makes it desirable. For instance, when sushi isprepared using Sardine, Spanish mackerel or Saba mackerel, it isconsidered to be as the best cure for high blood pressure (Szwillus44). Lastly, sushi has much omega-3 that is vital for a healthygrowth.
Unlikeother fast foods, sushi and noodle do not pose significant healthrisks. Sushi and noodle are different from the fast foods produced bycompanies such as McDonalds. Over the recent past, fast food producedby McDonalds has been found to contain a number of chemicals whichdamage DNA, lower immunity, and rise cholesterol level. For instance,Mcdonald`s burgers have been found to have saturated fats that areharmful to the body. Additionally, fast foods from other parts of theworld are prepared using preservatives, unlike Japanese fast food.
Japanesefast foods are not only delicious, but also very healthy for thehuman body. Some fast foods such as sushi, noodles, saltedvegetables, steamed dishes and vinegared dishes. These fast foodshave been found to be quite convenient in terms of time saving,affordability, as well as their health values. In addition, Japanesefast foods tend to have more health benefits as compared to otherfast foods such as McDonalds.
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