Food in cinema can communicate many things – it can symbolize cultural values, ideas, points of view, social status, ideologies and emotions. Most of the time as viewers, we understand without thinking, the symbolic meaning that a certain sign (or in this case food) has, and we soak it up like a paralyzed media sponge.
The film ‘Tampopo’ is a Japanese food cult classic. This is not a film about stereotypical foods like sushi or sashimi that one would associate with Japan but about Ramen. Ramen is a noodle soup that could best be described as the Monkey Magic of Japanese cuisine, originating in China this widely taken for granted food has become more Japanese than wooden sandals and ninjas.
I’ve always been interested in Morocco. Maybe because of its colonial past, or because I am an avid reader of Paul Bowles’ books, but most likely for its one product which is illegal to trade, but always nice to smoke.
A few nights ago I had the pleasure of entertaining a few loose friends from Australia who were in Nippon on route to India. So I decided to take them out for one of the last magnificent feasts in Japan before they hit the land of curry, spice and all things nice. Unbeknown to them (or me) we were about to embark on a journey that would open up a new world – the world of the bluefin tuna head.
Jiro is a sushi chef – but he is not just any sushi chef – he has given his life to sushi and everyday tries to reach a new level in a never-ending quest for perfection. Jiro is an 85-year-old sushi chef with a restaurant in a subway station in Tokyo. His restaurant has 3 Michelin stars and Japan has called him a national treasure.
My first encounter with Sushi was in 1998 on a holiday in Banff Canada. Banff is a bit of a tourist trap located about 1000km from the ocean, up in the Rocky Mountains in Canada. It is famous for skiing, log cabins, cheese fondue and elk, but I am quite sure that not a lot of people go there for sushi.
Last Update Apr 2017 – What is Maguro? – the answer is pretty easy actually – it is the Japanese word for Tuna (ma –goo- rhoh) – highly sought after and in the world of sashimi it is served in 3 main grades. But before we get into the meaty bits lets go on a quick journey and have a look at some great Bluefin Maguro Sashimi in Osaka, Japan.