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    In search of the authentic Japanese taste : 'Solitary Gourmet' and cultural tourism = En busca del auténtico sabor japonés : El Gourmet Solitario y el turismo cultural

    González-López, Irene (2018) In search of the authentic Japanese taste : 'Solitary Gourmet' and cultural tourism = En busca del auténtico sabor japonés : El Gourmet Solitario y el turismo cultural. Mirai. Estudios Japoneses 2 , pp. 49-66. ISSN 2531-145X.

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    Abstract

    Crossmedia productions, known as media mix, proliferate in the Japanese contemporary media landscape and often develop transnational routes of distribution and consumption. Against this background, the so-called ?food genre? is gaining increasing popularity among Asian audiences. On the other hand, food is also playing a central role in Japan?s enthusiastic attempts to increase the number of domestic and international tourists travelling around the country. This article analyses the relations between food, tourism, national identity and popular culture through the case study of Solitary Gourmet, a Japanese media mix product recounting the culinary excursions of a lonely sales agent across local restaurants. This media franchise is discussed in relation to the growing impact of ?contents tourism?, which deals with travel practices motivated by products of pop culture. For those not actually travelling, consuming Solitary Gourmet becomes an experience of ?mediated cultural tourism? where food becomes an important repository of cultural authenticity and nostalgia.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): cultural tourism, food studies, pop culture, national identity, nostalgia
    School: School of Arts > Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics (from 2021)
    Depositing User: Irene Gonzalez Lopez
    Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2021 15:19
    Last Modified: 29 Sep 2021 04:36
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/46121

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