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Avocado Rolls: A New Japanese Food?

Emiko from Japan

Every time I come to America, I go out to eat Japanese food because I miss it. Whenever people are in a foreign country, eating their own food once in a while can helps relieve stress because it is something familiar. Sometimes eating Japanese food makes me feel I am back in Japan in a way.

Something that came as a surprise to me is that in the U.S. every Japanese restaurant seems to serve avocado rolls or avocado-something with meals.

avocado rollsPhoto: Oxfordmate17
Avocado rolls—a new Japanese food found only in America!

In my country, avocado is not thought of as a Japanese food, and it is not served in Japanese restaurants.

However, avocado rolls—the new Japanese food which is found only here in America—are very tasty.

I think it's included on the menu here in the U.S. to satisfy American cultural tastes.

It's interesting. Something that might be considered "cultural pollution" of food can also lead to a tasty new type of food such as avocado rolls. It is a kind of cultural innovation.

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In Korea, Both Men and Women are Cooking
People in Korea are Eating More Vegetables
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