Healthy Hakko: The Fermented Culinary Arts of Japan, PART 3 FILM
Washoku (Japanese cuisine) benefits from premium raw ingredients and skilled chefs, but the distinctive umami flavor essential to many washoku dishes is especially dependent upon the processors who dry, smoke and ferment skipjack tuna. While most processors have industrialized production, the finest artisans continue to meticulously follow age-old methods.
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Directed by Yu Nakajima
2015, 25 minutes
This documentary captures the time-consuming, multi-stage transformation of skipjack tuna (bonito), into Katsuo-Bushi, one of the most essential ingredients in traditional Japanese cuisine. From trimming, drying, fermenting and the smoking process, we get a look at the traditional craft while it adapts to the changing trade and environment.
Each block of Katsuo-Bushi is carefully handcrafted by many skilled artisans. The process takes several months, from catching a bonito until the flavorful shavings are served on our tables.
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AWARDS & FESTIVALS
Tokyo International Documentary Film Festival 2018
Trento Film Festival 2018, Italy
Matsalu Loodusfilmide Festival 2017
Japan Festival Canada 2017
Bruxelles Environnement 2016
IDFA 2015, Panorama Program Official Selection – Amsterdam, Netherlands
AFI DOCS 2015, Short Program Official Selection – Washington D.C. USA
HEALTHY HAKKO Talks and Discussions
HEALTHY HAKKO Documentary Films
Jan. 15-17 > Dashi, Essence of Japan & Shoyu, the Secrets of Japanese Cuisine Directed by Shohei Shibata
Jan. 22-24 > The Genealogy of Sake Directed by Kaori Ishii
Jan. 29-31 > Katsuo-Bushi Directed by Yu Nakajima
Jan. 29-31 > Fermented Directed by Jonathan Cianfrani