Eatrip (2009), a Japanese Food Movie


It is always interesting to find out how other cultures appreciate food and having the understanding how food relate to their lives, since eating is a natural & universal routine of life for humanity.

We are featuring Eatrip (2009); a Japanese film set in Japan. This movie is one of the “recommended food movie” in the website.


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It is a 78-minute documentary about a subject that we can all relate to: food. Its title “eattrip” comes from the name of the Tokyo restaurant and catering company whose goal is to not just dish up delicious gourmet fare, but also to create total dining experiences utilizing lighting, flowers, entertainment, etc. Documentary director Yuri Nomura takes us to a series of these “eattrip” events and she brings together an eclectic guest list to discuss how food can connect people and be used as a communication tool as well as to satisfy the palette. Who are these guests you may ask? Everybody from Tadanobu Asano, singer Kaori Shima better known under her stage name, UA, dancer Yasushi Sudou as well as a housewife from Okinawa and a Buddhist priest.

Below is the video of the official movie trailer.


General movie review of others

Eatrip is a contemporary Japanese food culture documentary and the directorial debut of food coordinator, creator and teacher, Yuri Nomura. The film explores the interpersonal relationships that food nurtures. To eat is a universal experience and this documentary takes the audience on a journey throughout Japan looking at how life can be led richly through the daily ritual of eating. From the Tsukiji fish market to an Okinawan farm, the film offers poignant interviews with intriguing personalities, a few of whom include: Nichiji Sakai, head priest of the Ikegami Honmonji temple; Kanji Takahashi, a distributor of Dried bonito; Naoko Morioka, an Okinawan leading a self-sustainable lifestyle; So-oku Sen a tea ceremony master and descendant of famed Sen No Rikyu; and Yayako Uchida, a musician and writer who recites poems about food. The film culminates with a passionate meal cooked by the director herself, for actor Tadanobu Asano and singer UA and a handful of other eclectic guests.

Japanese perspective of food and how it relate to their lives

To eat is indeed to live. Life is just an “eating trip”. People eat. That is how we survive. For people, however, eating has become more than just replenishment of nutrients and sustenance. It has become an opportunity for bonding with others, for chatting about what we’ve been up to, and asking about our loved one’s days. The act of eating is also the act of interacting with nature. Meat, vegetables, fruit and grains are all living organisms that combine to sustain us. And if life is a journey, then surely eating is an excursion in itself. After all, is not life a series of dinner times? Are our lives not sequences of feeding, nurturing and growing?
Source: perspective of the movie

The concept of eating as the basic pleasure in life, knowing the nature & the surrounding we lived in, applying what you know through the concept of self-sustainable living and the role of food in building social ties are interesting perspectives we all share universally. However, our applications may varies from a culture to another.

Of course, as usual our favourite part is always the food preparation process and indulging in the sight of those mouth watering dishes at the end of the day.

Do give this movie a try and always remember, appreciation of movie is subject to individual preferences. This “appreciation” concept is also applicable to our daily food choices, like the saying “one man’s meat is another man’s poison”.

To wrap up, we hope you have a great weekend!

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