Although curry has its origins in India and Thailand, it is not an overstatement to say that it is the Japanese "curry rice" that Japanese people love the most. The history of Japanese curry is relatively short. It is said that it was introduced by the British during the Meiji Period (1868-1912).
Typical Japanese curry is thick in texture and made with beef cut into cubes, onions chopped into chunks, carrots, and potatos, and then put on top of rice. It is especially popular amongst children, but most Japanese still love it even after becoming adults. Most families cook it at home using commercially produced curry roux. But there are also families that mix a lot of spices together to create a real homemade curry. When eating out, people choose the restaurant according to what kind of curry they want to eat. Of course, when you want Indian curry, you go to an Indian restaurant, and when you want Thai curry, you go to a Thai restaurant, but when you want to eat Japanese curry like at home, then you go to a coffee shop, a family restaurant, or a Japanese curry chain. Cafes and Western food restaurants sometimes also have curry-like dishes or Thai-style curries. Hokkaido is the birthplace of soup curry - where you do not put the curry on the rice, and which now has spread across the country. Additionally, there are many curry houses that serve authentic curries using a variety of spices. Indian or Keema curry houses serve curries that are quite different from those cooked at Japanese homes, and are very genuine. If you want to eat something close to a home-cooked Japanese curry, then it might be better to avoid curry houses. However, there are some curry houses where you can eat rather "Japanese" curry rice. One of them is the national chain "CoCo Ichibanya," commonly known as "Coco-Ichi." Coco-Ichi is a franchise that is expanding in Japan and internationally. At Coco-Ichi, first you choose the base of your curry. This can be beef curry or pork curry, etc. with different ingredients. Next, you choose the amount of rice you want with your curry. You can choose from 200 to 1500 grams. The basic size that is displayed on the menu is 300 grams. Then, you choose the level of spiciness. The standard at Coco-Ichi is "normal." Children and people who cannot eat spicy food can choose "mild." If you want your curry to be a little spicy, you get to choose a level of spiciness from "1" to "10." Furthermore, you can add different toppings, such as a cutlet, cheese, vegetables, or an egg. It is fun to be able to assemble your own curry. The Japanese comfort food, curry, can now be found in many different forms, including curry bread, curry udon, curry fried rice, and snacks with a curry flavor. You can say that they have a curry version of everything.