Podcast Dispatches from Issue 21.3: Aya H. Kimura

For our sixth season of podcasts produced in collaboration with Meant to Be Eaten on Heritage Radio Network, we sit down (virtually) with authors who have contributed to our third issue of 2021, edited by Krishnendu Ray, and featuring articles and creative pieces which collectively address the issue of “gastropolitics,” as described in that issue’s editorial letter.

In this episode Editorial Co-Chair Daniel Bender is joined by Associate Professor Kimura to discuss her recently published article, “Tsukemono (Japanese pickles) and Their Traditional Vegetables,” which offers a fascinating insight into the history and practices of Japanese pickles, as well as the effect of modern agriculture and chemical additives on a revered tradition of fermentation.

Suguki barrels at Kamigamo Shrine
(Image courtesy of Aya H. Kimura)