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Please use this forum to discuss Asia-focused feature and documentary films. Create a new topic for each newly introduced film (put the title in the subject line). If someone has already started a discussion about a film, please add your comments to that discussion rather than starting a new topic.
6/21/2017 8:59:37 PM

canderson
canderson
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Subject: Gourmet Samurai & Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories
These are not precisely films, but they are really nice snippets of Japanese life. As I watched the Gourmet Samurai I noticed how the wife in the series was always off doing something with friends or as part of a group, but seldom with the husband. I was told that it is often very common for this to happen, as duty to the company that the husband worked for often meant the wife was either working her job, or taking care of the children without too much of his help. I am unsure of the accuracy. I did like how the series introduces the foods and a few stereotypes from Japan. Particularly interesting was "Ketchup." I first read the subtitles and was waiting for "Heinz" to show up. However, ketchup is a generic term for tomato based sauce (they show it being made).
Midnight Diner also shows snippets of Japanese life, from the view of customers entering the diner. It also shows food being prepared, which makes you want to find and try new recipes. Samurai Gourmet has an episode about diners, and it matches almost exactly what they show in Midnight Diner. This would be a good source to introduce students to the similarities and differences in eating, socializing and cultures. A really fun way of finding out a little more than you knew before.
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6/22/2017 6:34:17 PM

amolina
amolina
Posts: 60
Subject: Reply
I did not know this series even existed. I am also interested in looking into the anecdote you provided about it being common that wives not be around the husband too much.
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6/22/2017 9:16:31 PM

sdelgado
sdelgado
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I love Japanese culture and shows that delve into their cultural nuances thanks for sharing!
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