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Part of The Japan Touring Programme
+ Director’s Q&A
Dir. Naotaro Endo
Japan, 110 mins, 2016, subtitled
Of all the seafaring nations, perhaps none has quite so close a relationship with seafood as Japan. Fish and shellfish forms what is considered the backbone of washoku, or Japanese cuisine.
Known as the ‘Kitchen of Japan’, the 80-year-old Tsukiji market is where multi-Michelin star chefs gather to select from over 400+ types of seafood. Filmmaker Naotaro Endo spent a year documenting the people, culture and expertise that has produced this unique foodie wonderland.
In 2014, soon after it was announced that the cramped market would be moving to a larger site in Tokyo’s Toyosu neighbourhood, filmmaker Naotaro Endo began shooting to preserve this institution. Tsukiji Wonderland is a sumptuous feast for sushi lovers everywhere and a rare glimpse of Japan’s ancient legacy before its altered forever.
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Meal: Seitan and vegetable Teryaki with soba noodles
Venue: Exeter Phoenix
Supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Japan Airlines, the Japan Centre and Sake Samurai.