Sushi may be gaining followers around the world, but in Japan red meat may have overtaken fish on dinner tables as young people embrace Western-style food, the government said on May 22.
The carnivorous trend marks a turning point for Japan, which ate little meat other than seafood until the late 19th century.
Japan's annual volume of seafood purchases by households has plunged more than 20 percent over the past 40 years to 12.7kg per person in 2005, the fishery agency said in a white paper.
By contrast, purchases of other meat by Japanese households more than doubled to 12.6kg over the same period, the agency's annual report said.
"It would be no surprise if meat consumption has already surpassed seafood consumption by now," said Tomomi Hirano, a fishery agency official.
The decline in fish consumption was partially due to rising fish prices and a growing taste for easy-to-cook meat, but "the biggest reason behind the decline in seafood consumption is a change in people's tastes, particularly children," Hirano said.
Hirano added that "young generations are shifting their taste from traditional fish foods to meat-oriented dishes that we can often see in Western foods."
Some 32 percent of families said they cook meat more than fish because their family members, mostly children, dislike fish dishes, the report said.
"Those who did like fish in their childhood tend to avoid cooking fish when they grow up," Hirano said. "It's a vicious circle." (AFP)
1. embrace v.i. /v.t.
擁抱 (yong3 bao4)，欣然接受 (xin1 ran2 jie1 shou4)
例: James embraced his new role as a professor, spending hours each day preparing for his classes.
2. consumption n.
消費 (xiao1 fei4)
例: When supply remains stable but consumption increases, prices tend to rise with the demand.
3. particularly adv.
特別地 (te4 bie2 di5)
例: Billy is particularly tall — a head taller than all his brothers.
4. vicious adj.
惡性的 (e4 xing4 de5)，兇惡的 (xiong1 e4 de5)
例: The vicious tigers tore the chickens to shreds.
turning point 轉捩點
A turning point is a place or time that a course of events changes direction. In this article, 2005 was a turning point for Japanese diets because meat consumption began to catch up with fish consumption. Another example: "The turning point in the candidate's campaign was when his love affair became public knowledge; he didn't have much of a chance after that."
You could also talk about a pivitol point, which also is the time or place at which something turns.
「a turning point」就是一連串事件轉折的地點或時間。在本文中，二○○五年是日本人飲食方式的轉捩點，因為肉品消費量開始趕上了魚類消費量。再舉一例︰「戀情曝光讓他的選情急轉直下，他從此機會渺茫」。
你也可以用「a pivitol point」來指轉捩點。
Jessie: I took my family out to dinner the other day.
Brenna: Oh yeah? Where did you guys go?
Jessie: Well, since my sister doesn't like seafood but my parents do, we went to a Japanese barbeque place.
Brenna: Did everyone enjoy the food that you ordered?
Jessie: It really hit the spot. Everyone left full and happy.
hit the spot 心滿意足，合胃口
If something hits the spot, then it satisfies you, especially food or drink. "I was so thirsty after eating those fries. The iced tea really hit the spot."
若某事「hit the spot」，就是讓你感到滿足，尤其是指食物或飲料。例如︰「我吃了這些薯條後好渴，這杯冰茶正合我意」。
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