The Truth About “Washoku”: Addressing Japanese Cuisine and Washoku’s UNESCO Classification (Dr. Katarzyna Cwiertka) | Japan Station 63

On this episode of the Japan Station podcast, Dr. Katarzyna Cwiertka stops by to discuss what exactly washoku (Japanese cuisine) is and how the term was redefined in an effort to get it registered as Intangible Cultural Heritage under UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

  • Washoku’s (Japanese cuisine) classification as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2013
  • What exactly Intangible Cultural Heritage is according to UNESCO
  • The application process washoku went through in order to be designated Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO
  • How washoku was defined in the UNESCO application
  • The original UNESCO application for washoku that Dr. Cwiertka found online
  • How the committee behind the UNESCO application for washiku was originally trying to get kaiseki designated as Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Washoku vs nihon ryōri
  • The meaning and usage of washoku throughout history
  • The both vague and all-encompassing paradoxical nature of washoku’s UNESCO characterization
  • Edo era tourism and marketing
  • And much more!