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Newsletter: Delivery Of Japan's Seasonal Tradition

Delivered on November 23, 2013
Delivery Of Japan's Seasonal Tradition: November 2013, Issue 6

Delivery Of Japan's Seasonal Tradition [Issue 6]
November 23, 2013
Japanese Traditional Culture Promotion & Development Organization


1. Seasonal Taste: “Apple”:Quite new in Japan

:: 1. Seasonal Taste

“Apple”:Quite new in Japan

Bright red apples are displayed in groceries in the cold season. The
apples eaten in Japan were brought from America in the 19th century
in the Meiji period. They were called “ Western apples” and have
been in Japan for not too many years.

The original Japanese apples were likely to be smaller and more
sour. They were popularly used as food while their flowers were
appreciated. The indigenous apple ranged from western Asia to
east-southeast Europe. “Apples “were mentioned in the dictionary
called “Wamyousho” compiled in the 10th century in the middle of
the Heian period, which suggests that they may have been already
introduced in Japan maybe from China. The Chinese name for apples
was “Rinkin” or “林檎”and means that a lot of birds are gathered
to the wood to eat sweet apples. The characters, “林檎”became
later established in Japan.

Grated apple is commonly served as a treatment for cold in Japanese
family. However, apple doesn’t contain as much vitamin as expected.
Instead, plenty of potassium, which is one of the minerals, and
pectin, water-soluble fiber are contained. Grated apple works as a
protection for the mucous membrane. Its acid also counteracts
inflammation. Furthermore, it helps the digestion and improves the
circulation of the blood. Pectin lowers the cholesterol, helps the
intestinal systems, and has an effect on arteriosclerosis and
diarrhea or constipation.

Since apples were introduced in the Meiji period , they have been
bred many times by Japanese people and we are able to enjoy the
large and preciously sweet apples today. These Japanese bred apples
are widely eaten in overseas as well. There is s a proverb in
England, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. It is the
well-known fact all over the world that apple is healthy for people.
Why don’t we eat fresh apples or cooked ones everyday and be healthy!

Translation: Hitomi Kochi, reviewed by Hiroko Okamura

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