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New film offers food for thought

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Life would not be life without eating. This is the theme of a new documentary on the relationship between people and food, which is screened in Tokyo until June 26.

The movie, titled “Eatrip,” is directed by Yuri Nomura, who studied cooking in Britain, and has developed menus for cafes and parties as a food director as well as writing for culinary magazines.

Nomura said that people feel various things through the food they eat.

“All people are equal when it comes to eating. I showed the relation of people and food, and also the moods that eating can create for brief moments,” she said.

In the film, Nomura interviews a number of people of various occupations and ages on their life and food. One of them is Naoko Morioka, a housewife living in Yanbaru, on the northern part of Okinawa’s main island. Morioka, who doesn’t have a refrigerator in her house, lives a self-sufficient life, growing vegetables for her and her family to eat.

Nomura also interviewed J-pop singer UA and German fashion designer Jurgen Lehl on what food means to them.

The film shows scenes of a variety of methods of cooking, a number of styles of food and drink, and also a tea ceremony conducted by master Sen Souoku, as well as scenes from Japan’s largest fish market in Tokyo’s Tsukiji.

“Eatrip” is screened at Yebisu Garden Cinema in Tokyo. The theater is a five-minute-walk from the east exit of JR Ebisu Station. The film shows at 11 a.m., 1:05 p.m., 3:10, 5:15, 7:15. The film will be shown with English subtitles at 7:15 on June 15 and 22. Tickets cost ¥1,500 for adults, ¥1,000 for junior high school students and the elderly. www.kadokawa-gardencinema.jp/yebisu/