Sep 19, 2019

Japan is known for its traditional arts and diverse culture. Though dating back hundreds of years, their traditions are still preserved and practiced up to this day, such as the art of calligraphy and bowing to show courtesy. But one of the many things that distinguish Japan is their cuisine. 

Google Arts and Culture takes you on a tour with these flavors through an online food exhibit, “Meshiagare! Flavors of Japan.” In a collaboration with 20 partners including the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, the digital exhibit was made available for the public on Sept. 10. The gallery will feature the origins and traditions behind Japan’s dishes. 

Photo courtesy of Google Arts and Culture

“Food mirrors culture. One of the best ways to know a country is through its cuisine, and that experience becomes even better when you know the story behind each local dish,” said Mervin Wenke, Communications and Public Affairs Lead of Google Philippines. 

The website will have over 100 online exhibitions and more than 3,000 high-quality images, videos, and stories of Japan’s rich history in food. 

“We called the exhibit ‘Meshiagare’ because it means to enjoy your meal in Japanese, and it aptly serves as an invitation for everyone to discover the flavors of Japan,” Wenke said. 

Photo courtesy of Google Arts and Culture

Google Arts and Culture lets you explore art and history through an immersive experience. It has over 2,000 museums that are accessible through your mobile phones. For countries to be featured, a cultural NGO may sign up through their link before discussing the terms with Google.  

Currently, the only Philippine museum available on Google Arts and Culture is the Ayala Museum. Wenke said they are hoping to host more museums online soon.

Japan is the third digital exhibit focusing on food that is now on the website after Spain and Nigeria. This is also the second project to show Japanese culture, following a feature on their craftmanship through “Made in Japan” in 2016.

The exhibit can be found on the website of Google Arts and Culture or access it through their mobile app. 


Header photo courtesy of Google Arts and Culture

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