A war does not cause a food shortage. It is a war that food becomes scanty.

Minako Saito



Food situation was terrible just before and after the end of the war. In order to survive, people had no choice but to eat anything they would never normally eat. Speaking of the general warfare by the nation in a single word, "they had no food suffering from lack of sleep and hard labor." Battle was only part of the war, most part of the war was in "the bureaucracy" of "procurement, transportation and distribution of goods". The literary critic says that the Japanese government and the imperial Japanese army underestimated this point. From '"Recipes In The War-torn Nation" (paperback edition).


"January 4  2019

from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"