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Drops of Heaven - Japanese Food - documentary film series

Join us on Saturday, March 4th at 2 pm in the Stevenson & Hunt meeting room for the first program of the Japanese Food documentary film series.

Nothing is more practical than food—we literally cannot live without it – states Michael Raine, Japanese cinema expert of Western University. Raine,  the organizer of the series, continues describing the program. Food culture is about more than just nutrition: by tracing the development of characteristic foods we can understand how cultures relate to their natural environment. Even today, when we have for the most part lost track of where our food comes from, some food preferences are still connected to the history and ecology of the place we are. Nowhere is that more true than Japan. Through beautiful images and heart warming personal stories, this series of award-winning documentary films traces the origins of food in Japan and how it is understood, from the medieval period to the present day. In Drops of Heaven we are introduced to Yoshiko TATSUMI's "Soup of Life" that is the basis of her teaching on natural food in Japan. Dashi & Shoyu uncovers the history of those most characteristic flavors in Japanese home cooking. Finally, The Birth of Sake shows us the dedicated workers in a small family brewery as they prepare a new batch of Japan's representative alcoholic drink.

Yoshiko TATSUMI is a well-known culinary artist and essayist in Japan. She had studied French and Italian cuisine but in the 1970s she developed a soup to nourish her father, who had suffered a stroke and had difficulty swallowing. The soup, made of all-natural ingredients, became famous all over Japan as the "soup of life." It was important both as a liquid diet for the elderly and as a way to reconnect with Japanese food culture. Tatsumi opened a "Soup of Life Classroom" to teach her methods, and her ideas about the importance of natural foods made with ingredients that were locally sourced and in-season. Now in her 90s, she is still active, writing essays and teaching in her cooking school.


Soup of Life –Yoshiko Tatsumi - 2 pm, Saturday, March 4, Stevenson & Hunt meeting room

The event is FREE, no registration needed

This series has been prepared with co-operation of the Western University and Japan Foundation Toronto