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多読と言うと、語彙制限をしているGraded Readerがすぐに浮かびます。大人向けのトピックが増えたりしているものの、どうしても興味を惹かれるものが多くないのが現状でしょう。どんどん読み進めることができるのは、自分でよく知っている分野のものではないでしょうか。

clan crestという言葉を知らなくても以下の水戸黄門を語っている部分だと分かれば、何を指すかすぐに想像できます。

Tokugawa Mitsukuni is a popular historical figure in Japan due to a long-running period drama on television based on his exploits as a disguised defender of the weak who reveals his identity to wrongdoers near the end of each episode with a flash of his inrō (small decorative lacquer case) imprinted with his clan's crest, which serves to identify him as the daimyō of the province. The line "Do you not behold this clan crest?" (Kono mondokoro ga me ni hairanuka?) is repeated by Mitsukuni's guard, Kaku-san, at the culmination of each episode to restore order and hierarchy, leading to instant begging for forgiveness on the part of the unruly malefactors. A record of Mitsukuni's activities surviving from July 1665 indicates that a Chinese refugee of the Ming government living in Mito at the time, Zhu Shun Shui, provided advice to Mitsukuni on how to prepare a Chinese-style noodle soup that may have been similar to today's ramen.



The Untold History of Ramen: How Political Crisis in Japan Spawned a Global Food Craze (California Studies in Food and Culture)The Untold History of Ramen: How Political Crisis in Japan Spawned a Global Food Craze (California Studies in Food and Culture)
(2014/02/22)
George Solt

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ラーメンの歴史的な役割の変化を捉えた博士論文を本にしたものので、堅い内容かもしれませんが、なじみのあるトピックだったので興味深く読み進めることができました。以下の書評で興味を持てたら、Kindle版を試しては以下かでしょうか。

The Ramen Index
BY PAUL WARHAM • May 13, 2014 • 6:00 AM

The ups and downs of an economy, all in a bowl of noodles.

戦後ラーメンが広まった背景にマッカーサー将軍がいたのは知りませんでした。アメリカの余剰小麦を日本に輸入させて食糧不安を解消させて、日本の共産化を防ごうとしたそうです。

Solt makes clear that ramen owes its prominence today to Cold War politics and post-World War II American policy. Cables from April 1946, a time of near-starvation and public disorder in Japan, show General Douglas MacArthur diverting surplus American wheat to Japan to undermine “leftist elements” who were exploiting food shortages to stoke political discontent. Authorities ran campaigns to persuade people to eat wheat—traditionally only a minor part of the Japanese diet—and thank their American occupiers for it. “America is spending $250 million for your food,” ran one leaflet. “Learn to use it properly.” An effect of this campaign was the rise of the modern cult of ramen, a wheat-based dish that had entered Japan via Chinese migrants, largely in the 19th century.
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