This chapter addresses how pufferfish evolved in the culinary context of Japanese history from a dangerous foodstuff to a safe and enjoyable cuisine in the modern era. The consumption of pufferfish boomed in China in the early modern era, and cultural interactions between China and Japan subsequently spread the dietary custom to Japan. However, without sufficient knowledge of the pufferfish’s toxin, people consuming the future delicacy suffered from bouts of food poisoning. The Japanese government banned consumption of pufferfish until the Meiji era when Japanese physicians uncovered the science behind pufferfish toxin. The consumption of pufferfish became a delicacy in twentieth-century Japan. Pufferfish consumption reflects how Japan skillfully absorbed foreign culinary cultures and afforded them with Japanese characteristics.
|Title of host publication||Routledge Handbook of Food in Asia|
|Publisher||Brunner - Routledge (US)|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2019|