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Spam: Tokyo. Japan

Spam? In Japan? Well, yes. Apparently towards the end of WW2, when the Americans arrived in Okinawa, they brought a lot of this stuff with them. Having had a pretty rough time of it, the locals took to whatever food was laid out in front of them and Spam caught on. Fast-forward to 21st Century Japan and Spam - grilled, pan-fried or barbecued - has something of a cult following. However its heritage is widely unknown. At a friend's barbecue party recently I remarked with surprise: "Wow, Spam, didn't expect to see that here in Japan".

Huh? British? Was my friend's reply. As usual, they thought it was either Japanese or American.

This was our dinner the other night: spam fritters. A little edible nostalgia for me.