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.