Why “university potato” (daigaku imo)?

It’s long struck me as an odd name, and finally got round to looking at the daigaku imo Wikipedia page. Alternative explanations given are:

– In the Taisho period university students in the Kanda area of Tokyo liked eating it

– In early Showa period Tokyo University students made and sold it to help support themselves

– There was a popular shop for this dish in front of the main gate of Tokyo University



1 Comment

  1. crella said,

    April 12, 2013 at 1:41 pm


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