For Japanese people, curry is a dish familiar to them from their early years as classic home-style fare. In Japan, India is widely-recognized as the birthplace of curry, and Indian cuisine, especially curry, is familiar to many. Japanese people are crazy for curry and will go out for Indian for a variety of occasions, including lunches and dates. It is not certain when Indian cuisine was introduced to Japan. The curry Japanese people enjoy at home, different from authentic Indian curry, is said have been introduced from England in the 1860's. However, Indian restaurants have been increasing in number since the 1990's, bringing popularity to Indian-style curry. The spices used extensively in Indian cuisine have gotten attention in recent years for their effects on health and beauty, causing a further spike in popularity.