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Author Masayuki Kusumi tucks in to a plate of pasta. 

The art of eating alone

Why are hundreds of thousands of Japanese poring over the culinary musings of a fictional salesman? We meet the Solitary Gourmet

Words by JUNICHI TOYOFUKU Photography by TARO TERASAWA | Japan

In Japan hundreds of thousands of people follow the culinary life of Goro Inogashira -- and everyone likes him. But this isn't Instagram. Inogashira has no social-media account; he's not even a real person. He is the lone character in "Kodoku no Gurume (Solitary Gourmet)," a popular manga comic originally released in the 1990s and now a hit TV show.

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