Japanese curry has a history..

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What is your favorite Japanese food?

We, Japanese, like sushi, sukiyaki, shabu shabu, etc but if it comes to daily lunch or dinner, curry rice can win a medal.

Ichiro, maybe the best Japanese baseball player, once told he ate curry every day, even in the morning. Curry, he said, increases a power of concentration. After this ‘rumor’ spread, many parents bought curry for their kids, LOL.

Regardless, Japanese like curry. Even my parents did. They once talked about Nakamuraya curry in Shinjuku. I did not pay much attention at that time as I was a boy. The other day, when I took a long bath, this story suddenly came back to me. I only remember the name of Nakamuraya so next day I checked their web page, and found an interesting story.

Namuraya began to make bread in 1901. And the first curry was made in 1926. It was created by an Indian named Rash Behari Bose. Mr. Bose came to Japan in 1915. He was working for the Indian Independence in India and was chased by Britain. At that time, Japan and Britain had a treaty so Mr. Bose hid himself in Japan and Nakamura helped him escape.

On the run, he got married to a Japanese woman Toshiko. They had one son and daughter. When the World War I ended, he became free and lived in the house of Nakamuraya and suggested that traditional Indian curry be made.

There was curry in Japan before he created it for Nakamuraya, but he was not happy with the taste and he made it taste like Indian curry. Nakamuraya curry was original to India, well maybe some changes might have been made to the curry since then, but they still call it ‘Indian curry.’ It is a household name in Japan and still sells many curry products very well. Nakamuraya curry is one reason why we love curry)

It was not really a happy story, though.

His wife, Toshiko, died at the age of 26 due to the illness from the pressure on the run. Mr. Bose continued to work for the Indian Independence till he died from illness in 1945. His son also died in 1945. He fought as a Japanese soldier and died in the battle of Okinawa.

History, especially not taught at a school text book, is interesting, isn’t it?

Thank you for reading !