What Katsudon Brings for Japan New Ritual Tradition

We all know that Japan has unique culture and custom. Those customs usually created since a long time ago. However, these days, people in Japan also made unique tradition. This one is no exception.


There is a new ritual tradition in Japan recently: Japanese students eat Katsudon one day before or during a major test, such as school entrance exam. It is now a modern custom in there.


Why they do that? Simply because “katsu” is a homophone of the verb 勝つ katsu, which means “to win” or “to be victorious. Katsudon itself takes its name from two Japanese word, which are Tonkatsu (for pork cutlet) and donburi (for rice bowl dish).


In Japan, Katsudon is one of their most favourites meal. Katsudon is a bowl of rice topped with a deep-fried pork cutlet, egg, vegetables and condiments.


Katsudon also modified into various dishes, such as: demi katsudon (with demi-glace and green peas), shio-katsudon (with salt), sauce katsudon (with Worcestershire sauce), shōyu-dare katsudon (with soy sauce) and miso-katsudon (a favorite in Nagoya). There are also beef (gyū-katsu) and chicken (oyakodon) which can substitute for the pork. Another variation is katsu curry with curry sauce to substitute the usual egg.


In Japanese popular culture, Katsudon is famous for being the food that Japanese police’s suspect eats. They believe that suspects will tell the truth once they have eaten katsudon. Nowadays, we can find the gag about “we must eat katsudon while interrogating” is still popular in Japanese films.


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