How Japanese people loves rice? Japanese in past had one sick due to eat only rice!
The name of the sick is beriberi. This sick is caused by lack of vitamin.
Beriberi was called "Edo-wazurai"(Edo-sick). Edo is the old name of Tokyo.
When Tokyo was called Edo, Japanese wore the topknot and ate more rice than now.
Surprising! They eat only rice!
No. they ate other foods, of cource. But, amount of non-rice foods is very small.
For that reason, Japanese was lacking in vitamin, protein and other nutrient.
This condition continued by 1900s.
During Japan-Russia War, when it was known that eating only rice cause beriberi, Japanese army gived only rice for soldiers. It was because collapse of morale worried.
That is, Japanese young men will not fight without rice.
In fact, amount of consumption of rice have been decresing in last 50 years.
However, According to the TV prigram that just I am watching now, it is currently possible to make bread with rice(even if it is cooked like Gyu-don, Una-don and so on).
Therefore, revival of Japanese culture of rice will come soon.