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Kitchens remain the foundation on which family ties are built

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In northern countries, the most indispensable kitchen item is the cooking stove, as it doubles as a heat source for the entire home.

In southern nations, on the other hand, that item is the kitchen sink because the warmer climate causes food spoilage and requires frequent cleaning and washing.

I learned the above at the Lixil Gallery in Tokyo's Kyobashi district, where a special exhibition titled "Kitchen Chronicles--A Kaleidoscopic Overview of Home Living" is being held until Aug. 24.

Before I saw the exhibition, I simply assumed all kitchens were similar everywhere throughout history.

How wrong I was.

"The kitchen mirrors the culture and climate of the land,"........

© The Asahi Shimbun