The Taste of Unity: Nostalgia and Innovation in Tokyo’s Tsukishima Monja

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Masayuki Nishida
Saranya Kongjit

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This paper examines monja, a savory Japanese pancake, which is a popular “B-class gourmet” cuisine of Tokyo’s Tsukishima district. Drawing from the literature on monja and an interview with Kazuhide Kataoka of the Tsukishima Monja Promotion Society Cooperative Association, the study focuses on the innovation of monja, its usage, and the value of its taste in the community. It found that the communal history and consciousness of a “strangers’ community” has enabled the flexible acceptance of tastes from both inside and outside the community, integrating them as the unique taste of Tsukishima. The Taste of Unity: Nostalgia and Innovation in Tokyo’s Tsukishima.
 



 
 

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