Healthy Hakko: The Fermented Culinary Arts of Japan, PART 3 – KATSUO-BUSHI

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

January 29th, 2021 @ 9:00 am - January 31st, 2021 @ 9:00 pm EST

Cost: Free
Details »    Click here to register »

Healthy Hakko: The Fermented Culinary Arts of Japan, PART 3 FILM


Washoku (Japanese cuisine) benefits from premium raw ingredients and skilled chefs, but the distinctive umami flavor essential to many washoku dishes is especially dependent upon the processors who dry, smoke and ferment skipjack tuna. While most processors have industrialized production, the finest artisans continue to meticulously follow age-old methods.

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

Directed by Yu Nakajima
2015, 25 minutes

This documentary captures the time-consuming, multi-stage transformation of skipjack tuna (bonito), into Katsuo-Bushi, one of the most essential ingredients in traditional Japanese cuisine. From trimming, drying, fermenting and the smoking process, we get a look at the traditional craft while it adapts to the changing trade and environment.

Each block of Katsuo-Bushi is carefully handcrafted by many skilled artisans. The process takes several months, from catching a bonito until the flavorful shavings are served on our tables.

We love to hear how you enjoyed the film, please complete a short questionnaire here >

Trailer here >

More information detailed information about the filmmaker and staff of Katsuo-Bushi click here > Katsuo Bushi DETAILS


Tokyo International Documentary Film Festival 2018

Trento Film Festival 2018, Italy

Matsalu Loodusfilmide Festival 2017

Japan Festival Canada 2017

Bruxelles Environnement 2016

IDFA 2015, Panorama Program Official Selection  –  Amsterdam, Netherlands

AFI DOCS 2015, Short Program Official Selection  –  Washington D.C. USA

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 29th, 2021 @ 9:00 am
January 31st, 2021 @ 9:00 pm
Japanese with English Subtitles
Event Category:


The Japan Foundation, Toronto
View Organizer Website