Haiku reflections on Japan

Foodie film fest Tokyo/Osaka

Food and movies make

a good combination, just

look at Tampopo!

Oh this would be music to my ears, a feast to my eyes and taste buds if I was living in Tokyo (or Osaka, mention that in a sec) – the annual Tokyo Gohan Film Festival is coming up from the 6th to the 21st October.     15 films about food from Japan and abroad will be shown and oh man I`d love to go along.  This is its third year apparently.  There`s a shorter spin-off food festival in Osaka from the 6th to the 14th, for anyone living there.

Tampopo, Itami`s seminal film from 1985, will feature.  I love that film and have watched it over and over.    Julie and Julia I have also seen and it wasn`t bad but Meryl Streep`s accent drove me mad.  Just which accent from Britain was she trying to cover exactly??  Her acting was a bit hammed up but the person on whom it was based – Julia Childs – must have been a very eccentric character as you rarely see Meryl Streep being hammy. Except maybe Mamma Mia.  I never saw that but it involves Abba so….  You tell me was M.S. hammy in that?

Two Japanese films I`ve not heard of yet are Kamome Shokudo (Kamome Diner) and Pengin fuku no tsukurikata (How to make a penguin couple – the name alone is curious) and they look good according to the descriptions.

I was actually looking for a J-drama to watch a few weeks ago and came across a foodie drama.  It was set in Sapporo incidentally which is partly why I was interested.  However, after about ten minutes I just had to turn it off because the acting was terrible and big colourful lettering kept appearing on the screen distracting me from what was being said (yeah I should have been used to that from my time watching tv in Japan but it`s still annoying) and so, despite wanting to watch something about food and set in Sapporo, I decided I wasn`t really that desperate.  I can`t even remember the name now but it had curry in the title.

Sapporo by the way does a great ramen – yummm.  Anyone visiting Sapporo should try the ramen there.  Then there`s the stew named, curiously, after Genghis Khan, which is delicious as well and appropriate given the temperatures in Hokkaido.

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