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Dec. 10th, Japan’s Global Restaurant Scene After Three Years of Travel Restrictions

The Future of Eating Out Lecture Series with Melinda Joe, a Tokyo based journalist

Date: 2022 December 10th

Time: 10:00 AM (JST)

On Zoom only

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Japan has one of the most admired and acclaimed restaurant scenes in world, whether measured in terms of Michelin stars, places on the World’s 50 Best list or the culinary imaginations of ordinary travelers. At the same time, Japan has imposed some of the strictest travel restrictions of any major market, making it very difficult for tourists to enter the country. How have restaurants responded to this temporary “de-globalization” of the gastronomic market? As part of the series on “The Future of Eating Out” sociologists James Farrer and Krishnendu Ray will be talking to Tokyo-based food journalist Melinda Joe about the broad trends facing the restaurant business in Japan, including COVID, the globalization of gourmet awards, labor/migration issues, etc. Some of the trends we will cover will include the presence of international chefs in Tokyo, the growing awareness of sustainability concerns in Japan (and questions about how restaurants are responding), and the changing market for fine wines and sakes. We also will discuss broad global trends, and how Tokyo fits into these patterns.

Melinda Joe is an American journalist based in Tokyo, Japan. Her food writing has appeared in publications such as Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal,CNN, and Departures Magazine and has been translated into four languages. She writes about Japanese drinks in her column for The Japan Times, "Kanpai Culture." A certified sake and wine specialist, she is a panel chair for the sake division at London’s International Wine Challenge.


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