It’s like a time travel adventure for your mouth.
Something that makes curry unique among staple foods in Japan is that it’s pretty easy to determine, more or less, when people here ate it for the first time. As a culinary cultural import, curry was introduced to Japan during the Meiji period, when Japan finally resumed regular relations with other countries following centuries of shogunate-enforced isolation from the rest of the world.
With the Meiji period starting in 1868, that means Japan has been chowing down on curry for roughly 150 years. A lot can happen in a