Nourishing Japan

This proof-of-concept trailer was filmed in 2017 to help bring awareness and interest to food education Japan. Based on interviews and accounts, the Nourishing Japan team is creating a documentary to help share the story of the service of others of creating Understanding Through Food.




We are pleased to report that Nourishing Japan will be filming in Tsuruoka City, the birthplace of school lunch in Japan and the only UNESCO Gastronomic Creative City in the country. We look forward to an interesting and delicious filming session! 

This project is supported by Independent Filmmaker Project,
which is a 501 (c)(3) organization. 



About this Film


This is a documentary about food education in Japan. More than a story of classrooms and government policies, it is a story of patience and persistence; how consistent effort can teach children and adults alike how we are all connected. We're connected through what we eat, who grows our food, and how it becomes nourishment for the body and soul.

Nourishing Japan will introduce Japanese food education to a wider audience. What is food education? How does it succeed? Who helps to make it possible? Why do Japanese people believe that learning about food is important? 
Food education in Japan could not exist without a dedicated and diverse group of Japanese people who work together for a better future. Comprised of interviews with farmers, nutritionists, teachers, principals, magazine editors, restaurateurs, lawmakers, and more, this documentary will help share the importance of food in our daily lives.


In 2005, Japan introduced the Basic Law on Food Education (Shokuiku Kihonho) which enacted national food education programs in the majority of public elementary and middle schools. Food education (shokuiku) was developed as an interdisciplinary form of education helping children to learn about their lives and the lives of others through the cycle of food creation and consumption. At its heart, food education is a cooperative process that engages Japanese society to support one another and understand our interdependence. 

In Cooperation With




Alexis is an independent researcher, community organizer, and artist. Her research interests include food education, environmentalism, and sustainability.  She received her Bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies and Japanese from UC Santa Barbara in 2008. In 2013, she received her A.M. from Harvard University in Regional Studies of East Asia. Currently, she is Program Coordinator at New York University's U.S.-Asia Law Institute, formerly Table for Two's "Wa-Shokuiku Project" Program Coordinator.