Food as Contact Zone: Navigating the Ainu/Wajin Encounter in Golden Kamuy (2014-)
This paper analyzes the role and representation of food in the Japanese manga and anime series Golden Kamuy (Gōruden Kamui, 2014-present) by Satoru Noda. While ostensibly an action-packed narrative about the hunt for indigenous Ainu gold, Golden Kamuy has earned a reputation among fans as a gurume, or gourmet, manga, and anime. Cooking scenes of both Ainu and Wajin food feature prominently throughout the series. This paper analyzes the rhetorical role of food in the fictional narrative and its connection to official and unofficial ideologies about ethnic harmony between Ainu and Wajin communities in Japan.
Spiker, Christina M. “Food as Contact Zone: Navigating the Ainu/Wajin Encounter in Golden Kamuy (2014-).” Verge: Studies in Global Asias 9, no. 2 (Fall 2023): 245-271. https://doi.org/10.1353/vrg.2023.a903029View Project