“Not Befitting Our Divine Country”: Eating Meat in Japanese Discourses of Self and Other from the Seventeenth Century to the Present

@article{Krmer2008NotBO,
  title={“Not Befitting Our Divine Country”: Eating Meat in Japanese Discourses of Self and Other from the Seventeenth Century to the Present},
  author={Hans Martin Kr{\"a}mer},
  journal={Food and Foodways},
  year={2008},
  volume={16},
  pages={33 - 62}
}
In volume 3 of his bestselling series Sensōron (“On War”), published in 2003, the popular Japanese right-wing cartoonist Kobayashi Yoshinori devotes the first two pages of a chapter entitled “A World History of Invasions and Massacres” to ruminations about the difference between Japanese and Western attitudes towards animals. Kobayashi contrasts the Japanese tradition in place “since the time of the myths” of treating animals kindly, a tradition that rested on the assumption that “gods resided… 
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