Healthy Hakko: The Fermented Culinary Arts of Japan, Part 2 FILM – GENEALOGY OF SAKE

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January 22nd, 2021 @ 9:00 am - January 24th, 2021 @ 9:00 pm EST

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Healthy Hakko: The Fermented Culinary Arts of Japan, Part 2 FILM

The Genealogy of Sake

From the award-winning director of “A Handful of Salt” comes a documentary about sake brewers of the Noto peninsula in Ishikawa prefecture.

  • This documentary will be screened online in Canada only. Register below to receive a private link to view the films during the event dates.

The Genealogy of Sake
Directed by Kaori Ishii and Narrated by Tomoe Shinohara
2015, 105 minutes, Japanese with English subtitles

A glass of Japanese sake (sah-keh) is filled with the spirit of the Japanese sake brewers, or toji. The history of Japanese sake goes back to 2000 years ago, and its brewing process is extremely detailed and complex. This documentary film follows the lives of artisans who shed their lives to pass on the heritage, to brew the perfect drop of sake.

The beautiful film was filmed in the bio-geographically diverse Noto peninsula, Ishikawa prefecture. The agricultural system of this region is certified as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System, and people live together sustainably with nature. To take a deeper look into Japanese sake brewing, the documentary follows the intense six month period of sake production and focuses on the lives and artistry of the Noto Peninsula toji, and the close connection they have with their environment, the past and their future.

(c) Ikkon Film Partners

The genealogy of the four sake kings of Noto:


Don’t miss the talk with director of The Genealogy of Sake, Kaori Ishii and Sake Samurai, Michael Tremblay

Trailer >

About Director and Producer Kaori Ishii

A graduate of Sacred Heart University, Kaori Ishii worked at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, Sports and Technology (MEXT) while simultaneously studying at the Film School of Tokyo after work.

Her first documentary film, Sorry Grandma (2005) won the first prize at the Osaka Abeno Human Documentary Film Festival. Her next one, Chain of Life – The Artistry of Mokuhanzome Kimono (2006), depicted Japan’s oldest dyeing technique and was screened in many festivals around the world. She also worked as an assistant to Sumiko Haneda, who is one of the most famous documentary filmmakers in Japan. She went on to direct for television before producing her next film, A Handful of Salt (2011) which received the Best Cinematography prize at Cebu International Documentary Film Festival.

Her latest film is The Genealogy of sake (2015) about sake brewers of the Noto peninsula.

Feb 15 + 22, 2021 > JAPANESE SAKE: UMAMI AND ITS DIALOGUE WITH FOOD – Join this sake & food pairing webinar tailored to Liquor Licensees and Liquor Industry Trade Professionals, presented by JETRO and Sake Institute of Ontario.  This webinar will be lead by Sake Samurai Michael Tremblay and explores Sake’s versatility, tricks for creating perfect food matches with a particular focus on Sake’s secret weapon, umami. Details here >

HEALTHY HAKKO Talks and Discussions

Jan. 15-17 > Dr. Eric Rath (premodern dietary culture) and Dr. Greg de St. Maurice (cultural heritage and food)

Jan. 22-24 > Dr. Victoria Lee (fermentation science in modern Japan) and Dr. Stephen Lyman (Epidemiologist and Shochu expert)

Jan. 22-24 > Kaori Ishii (director of the film The Genealogy of Sake) and Michael Tremblay (Sake Samurai, Sake sommelier)

Jan. 29-31 > Sandor Katz (fermentation revivalist, author and educator) and Shiori Kajiwara (koji specialist, Koji Flowers, Hidamari)

HEALTHY HAKKO Documentary Films

Jan. 15-17 > Dashi, Essence of Japan & Shoyu, the Secrets of Japanese Cuisine Directed by Shohei Shibata

Jan. 22-24 > The Genealogy of Sake Directed by Kaori Ishii

Jan. 29-31 > Katsuo-Bushi Directed by Yu Nakajima

Jan. 29-31 > Fermented Directed by Jonathan Cianfrani


January 22nd, 2021 @ 9:00 am
January 24th, 2021 @ 9:00 pm
Japanese with English Subtitles
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The Japan Foundation, Toronto
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