Food Technology Students of UAD Learn about Japanese Food and Culture

Food Technology Study Program of Universitas Ahmad Dahlan (UAD) Yogyakarta held a public lecture entitled "Japanese Life Culture and Healthy Food". The event took place at campus 4 of UAD on Jln. Ringroad Selatan, Tamanan, Bantul on Monday (2/7/2018) and was participated by second-semester students.

On the occasion, present as the speaker was Dr. Erni Johan, Agr. from the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Ehime University, Japan. Erni explained a lot about the culture and food existing in Japan.

"Japanese cuisine is practically healthy foods. In addition to prioritizing the nutritional content, food presentation is also an important thing in Japan. This is what we need to learn. Indonesia also has a lot of healthy quality food raw materials, and now it depends on how we manage them," explained Erni.

She also revealed that in Japan, there was a trend with cuisine from abroad. The people there were getting interested in other countries’ traditional foods. "This trend could be an opportunity to open a business in Japan," she said.

Meanwhile, the Head of Food Technology Study Program, Ika Dyah Kumalasari, Ph.D. stated that the purpose of the public lecture was to share information about Japanese culture and healthy food. She expressed her experctation for the students to conduct research related to healthy foods.

"We focus on functional food, in addition to the development of healthy foods. Students must be creative and innovative in order to be able to produce healthy food products. "

In the future, there will be cooperation with Ehime University Japan. This public lecture is to initiate activities before signing a memorandum of understanding between the two parties. (ard)