Japan declares war on street food 'ban manners'
- Japan is full of cultural intricacies, especially concerning food
- One city – Kamakura - has decided to investigate street food and its effect on manners
- While street food continues to be sold, the public have been encouraged not to eat while walking the streets
The Japanese city of Kamakura is encouraging all its citizens to eat street food in the comfort of their home.
The new rule was made to keep city streets clean, but street food stalls will continue to be allowed to sell on the side of the road.
In April, new Japanese officials asked visitors and residents alike to refrain from eating while walking (which as everyone knows, is pretty much the opposite of how street food works).
Kamakura is known for its seasonal festivals, shrines and beaches, making it an attractive destination for tourists. It’s also known for Komachi-dor, which is a busy street in the city due to its many shops and street food stalls.
While walking while eating may lead to spills (and streets littered with sushi rolls, we presume) there are other reasons why Kamakura has turned its gaze on streetfood. IN Japanese culture it’s believed that if you eat while doing any kind of physical activity – walking included – you aren’t appreciated your food.
Not being mindful of your food is considered culturally insensitive, something that goes back to World War II when food was rationed.