Turns out, Indians love Sushi! But not just Sushi, Indians love Japanese cuisine! So much that Japan’s food export to India has gone up by 40%
Even though it isn’t seen much, Japanese culture has a lot of influence on India. As more and More youngsters get into Anime, they absorb Japanese culture that drives these shows. For those of you who don’t know, animated shows made in Japan which are based on Japanese Manga(comics) are known as Anime.
I was a part of an Anime community for the longest time and we would have a lot of discussions about Sushi, Takayuki and we all craved Ramen just because Naruto and Goku made is seem so irresistible in their respective shows. Eventually, we got to try Ramen and other Japanese delicacies as a few Indian restaurants popped up serving Japanese cuisine.
Every year in Mumbai, there is a cultural event called the Cool Japan Festival which gives visitors an experience of Japanese Culture, Lifestyle, Music, Art, Cosplay and of course Food! Last year, the most crowded food stall at this festival was the Dorayaki stall. Dorayaki’s are basically the same Bean Jam Buns you see in the children Anime Doraemon. People instantly recognized these sweet buns and literally every kid wanted to have one just because Doraemon and Nobita ate them.
Over the years, Japanese cuisine has become really popular in India and the Japanese government is currently working on increasing its exports to India. They have even issued a government authenticated tag to 36 fine diners in the country that serve Japanese food.
As Anime gains popularity in India, more and more people get influenced by the Japanese way of life and we bet that we are going to be importing more and more food items from Japan as time passes.