FILM : Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Sushi and Sustenance 

Passing down the legacy of culture and food

Released in 2011, ‘Jiro dreams of Sushi’ is a sensitive look at family and food as director David Gelb gives the audience a look into the life of the world’s greatest sushi chef.  Jiro is a humble chef who despite have only 10-seats in his subway station located restaurant has earned 3 Michelin stars, the highest honor in food preparation .

The film is a visual orgasm for the senses as shots of mouthwatering sushi and vinegared rice keeping coming frame after frame in a series of gourmet food porn that leave viewers hot and hungry by completion.

But the story is less about food and more about a life’s journey in the pursuit of daily perfection by the main character, Jiro, an 85-year-old father and chef who has been declared a national treasure by the government of Japan for protecting traditional food culture.

To appreciate the nuances of the documentary’s subtle themes it is important to understand the real goals of traditional hobbies and sports popular in Japan such as karate, calligraphy and tea ceremony to name a few.  These activities are not short term competitive endeavors for fame and glory but rather lifetime pursuits of development and maturity.  Talent is of course a factor in becoming ‘good’ at your sport or trade, but the more important lesson is that consistence and persistence will lead its student onto an honorable path of long-term self-improvement.

However for me personally the most POWERFUL part of the tale was the dynamic father-son relationship between a man who has been recognized for his priceless ability and a son who may never live up to his father’s immeasurable legacy.  For every daughter or son following in the footsteps of greatness and legend there is the constant psychological struggle of never knowing if they’ve become their own person or simply a weak imitation of potent DNA.   To explore the biological need for fatherly love and the social desire for individual professional recognition, the film does an excellent job of exploring the complicated nature of the relationship without forcing an opinion on its viewer.

For more on the film check out the website here

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CIROC comes to Japan via @FutureSoundTV

For those of us in Japan with our eyes on the US party scene the one liquor that’s been hard to miss is definitely the ubiquitous CIROC produced Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs.  At present the liquor has no mass distribution deals with companies in Japan, nor is it readily available online, but a few Japanese clubs have been satisfying vodka lovers by importing the popular US liquor from overseas or purchasing via US military bases in Japan.

It looks like all this could be changing with Aoyama Velours in Tokyo recently hosting the first OFFICIAL Ciroc sponsored party in Japan.  Popular video magazine style blog FutureSound.TV which follows house, hip hop, cars and parties around the world including Japan was on-hand for event.

As a former ‘clear’ liquor drinker myself I can personally testify that Ciroc goes down as one of the smoother vodkas.  I hope that they’ll begin to import Red Berry soon!

A tower of strawberry and cream goodness in Shibuya

moph

03-5456-8244

Shibuya Parco I – 1st Floor

moph moph Strawberry Cake set with Coffee/tea — 930 yen

Stylish Yoyogi Koen Wine Bar

A Melody of Fresh Fruits

Phone/Fax 03-3466-0132

http://www.bambibambi.com

Oen 1800-2:00

Pretty Fizzy Drink @ Sign in Daikanyama

Rosehip & Peach Fizzler

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11:00am-11:00pm

TEL: 03-3780-9570

Shinjyuku 3 Chome 新宿三丁目

新宿丸井本館8階

Shinjyuku Marui – Main Building 8th Floor

THE PREMIUM

03-5919-7460

Dessert Set 850 yen including coffee/tea