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Sushi and Beyond

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With Japanese food fast becoming popular worldwide, this comedy animation follows a British family on a culinary journey to Japan.

One day, British food writer Michael picks up a book on Japanese food, and instantly falls in love with it. Wanting to experience for himself how real Japanese dishes taste, on the spur of the moment he takes his wife and two children on a trip to Japan. On their first evening in the country, the family heads to Omoide Yokocho, an alley in Shinjuku filled with small restaurants. Michael tries some yakisoba noodles, which he thinks look like soggy worms, and soon acquires a taste for them.

He smacks his lips after eating some fancy tempura in Ginza, feasts on chanko hot pot at a sumo stable, and is blown away by crab dishes from Hokkaido. The British family’s gastronomic journey continues with all kinds of Japanese food and ingredients, including pickled mackerel sushi, tofu, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, ramen, wasabi, soy sauce, miso paste, and, of course, Japanese sake!

( Based on the Book: Sushi and Beyond: What the Japanese know about Cooking by Michael Booth )