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A documentary about food education in Japan; about the people who teach us that our actions - even what we eat - matter.
A documentary about food education in Japan; about the people who teach us that our actions - even what we eat - matter.
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Introduction

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.

With your financial support, our team aims to make a documentary that inspires change -- changing how we eat, changing how we look at food, and changing how we see the world around us. It is a story of hope and perseverance and a transformational journey that we invite you to be a part of. 

Check out the trailer above!

これは日本の食育に関する映画です。しかし、この映画の内容は単に食育だけに留まりません。これは食にまつわる変化の映画なのです。食べ方を変える。食べ物の見方を変える。私たちの周りの世界の見方を変える。これは食育を広めようとする人々の根気と粘り強さにまつわるお話です。食育を伝えようとする人々の絶え間ない努力が、子どもをはじめ大人たちにもたらすものとは ー 感謝すること、学ぶこと、理解すること、そして最終的には、より良い人間になること。

これは単に私たちが食べるものと、どのようなつながりがあるかをを示す映画だけではなく、それ以上のことを語り掛けます。つまり、これは食の未来への希望と絶え間ない努力の映画であり、あなたが参加してくれることを望む旅でもあるのです。

About the Documentary

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.

Background

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.

Why tell this story?

Food is more than fuel for our bodies. Food is a connection to society and the world – a connection that is often taken for granted or overlooked. This documentary hopes to contribute to the dialogue we have about food and food education through examining an example of one country. By learning how other cultures address the issue of providing healthy meals, we can reexamine our own methods and bring change for the better. Our actions - even what we eat - matter.

By funding this project, you are helping to share this message.

Your Donation

We cannot make this film without your financial support. Your donation will contribute to promoting food education and nutrition by helping to fund film production in Japan between June and August 2018. 

For two weeks in Japan, the team will: (1) Visit with schools, towns, and children in northeast Japan, a region which suffered damage from the 2011 tsunami. We will document school nutrition in post-disaster recovery. (2) Travel to Tokyo, Nagoya, and Seto to conduct follow-up interviews from our June 2017 filming trip. (3) Capture much needed supplemental footage ("b-roll") to be used in production.

Your donation will directly apply to this trip and mission. It will also ensure adequate filming time, quality resources, as well as offsetting costs related to post-production, such as film editing.

寄付金はどのように使われますか? 皆さんから寄せられる貴重な寄付金は、日本での2回目の撮影資金に充てられます。今回は東北エリアの災害復旧時の学校での食べ物について、現地にてインタビューを重ね、さらに編集にかけるまでの映像を可能な限り収録したいと考えています。また、この映画を成功に導く為の十分な撮影期間を確保するためにも使われ、撮影終了から編集に至るまでの経費軽減に役立てさせて頂きます。

Why this Goal?

$12K is the minimum amount needed to make this project possible. However, we want to aim for the moon! Additional funding will allow for more time spent filming, as well as overhead costs for post-production, outreach, and distribution.

月を目指します!現在の目標は、プロジェクトを完成させるための控えめなものですが、これをさらに可能にすることをさらに目指したいと考えています。 拡張された予算は、このプロジェクトの成功に役立ちます。

 

Project Status 

In June 2017, the team spent a week in Japan filming, interviewing, and gathering initial footage for the documentary. During our time in the field in Nagoya, Seto, and Tokyo we heard inspiring stories of dedication to food education. However, in order to conduct in-depth interviews and informative footage more time is needed.

Proposed Project Timeline: (Summer 2018) Filming in Japan (Autumn-Spring 2018-2019) Post Production (Summer-Fall 2019) Film Completion and Release.

 プロジェクトのこれまでについて 2017年6月、Nourishing Japanは日本国内にて、ドキュメンタリーのための撮影とインタビューを1週間行いました。行く先々にて関係者の皆さんの献身的なお話を伺い、たいへん感動しました。実際に学内調理師、栄養 士、校長、農業者、議員、研究者、雑誌編集者、レストランのオーナーの方々からお話を聞く機会を得ました。しかし、詳細なインタビューとより良い映像を十分に撮影するためには、さらに多くの時間が必要でした。 

プロジェクトのタイムライン:(2018年夏)日本での撮影(秋 - 2018年 - 春)ポストプロダクション(2019年夏秋)フィルムの完成とリリース

The Team

Meet the team! We are a diverse group of people who believe in the power of food and this project!

Rewards

By financially supporting this project, you will receive thank you rewards that keep on giving back: recipes, music, film -- things that are useful and bring joy. Things we hope you will love and return to time and time again. Interested in particulars? Here's more information about some of our unique items:

撮影への寄付のお礼をどうぞ このフィルムに関する贈り物をぜひお受け取りいただきたいと思います。素晴らしい日本食のレシピ。フィルムに使用されている音楽や映像。これらの贈り物が皆さんにとって役立つものであり、また喜びをもたらすものになることを願っています。贈り物についてもっと知りたくなりましたか?私たちの特別なお楽しみアイテムの詳細については、こちらをご覧ください。

Complete List of Rewards:

  • Downloadable school lunch inspired recipes - 日本の学校給食からアイデアを得たレシピのダウンロード 

  • Nourishing Japan Theme Ringtone - Nourishing Japan テーマの着メロ 

  • Digital Access to Completed Film 完成したデジタル映画

  • Handmade Nourishing Japan handkerchief - ハンドメイドの Nourishing Japan ハンカチ 

  • Digital Movie Poster - デジタルムービーポスター  

  • Access to Backers Only Blog - 寄付済サポーターの皆さんのみのブログへのアクセス権

  • Name included in the film credits (optional) - 映画のタイトルバックにあなたの名前を掲載します(オプション) 

  • Official Nourishing Japan Film Poster (U.S. residents only) - 公式ナリシングジャパンの映画ポスター (アメリカ在住者のみ)

  • Invited to Producer’s home in NYC for a Japanese school lunch inspired meal - NYCのプロデューサーの家にご招待!日本の学校給食にインスピレーションを得たランチをお楽しみください 

  • Receive documentary rough cut for first look ドキュメンタリーラフカット(導入部)をお受け取り頂けます

Owner of "School Lunch Lady" Restaurant in Tokyo (and her friends!)
Owner of "School Lunch Lady" Restaurant in Tokyo (and her friends!)

Thank you for checking out this documentary, and we hope that you will consider donating to this project and help make this film a reality! 

Risks and challenges

1.) This project involves coordination and collaboration across the oceans, cultures, and languages. In some cases, we will be coordinating with government organizations and agencies. Places such as school kitchens and schools themselves have a high degree of built-in procedural safeties which the team must navigate.

Nevertheless, experience has shown us that ardent supporters of this project and of food education believe in the importance of this work and will strive for its success and achievement.

2.) Finances: Filming overseas is an expensive endeavor. The amount targeted for this Kickstarter is the minimum amount necessary for a successful return filming to Japan and basic edits and equipment. Financing of this film has been structured so that even without additional capital revenue, it can be completed by the core staff and volunteers.

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    Good Vibes いい感じ!

    Thank you for your generous support. No amount is too small!
    寛大なサポートに感謝します!

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    Ready, Steady, Go! 位置について、よーい、スタート!

    Follow this project with special backers-only access - and have a nifty ringtone too.

    特別なバッカーだけでブログのアクセスできます。また、気持ちの良い着信音もあります。

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    Gettin' Cookin' 調理しよう~

    Make delicious and nutritious Japanese school lunch inspired meals in your home with these authentic recipes created exclusively for Nourishing Japan.

    おいしい栄養たっぷりの日本の学校給食は、Nourishing Japanのために独占的に作られた本物のレシピで、あなたの家で食事に刺激を与えます。

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    • Ringtone for your phone!
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    Watch & Learn 見て学ぶ

    See what this documentary is all about with digital viewing access!

    完成したドキュメンタリーをデジタル表示でご覧できます!

    Includes:
    • Digital version of the completed documentary
    • Digital Recipes of Japanese School Lunch Meals
    • Ringtone for your phone!
    • Digital Movie Poster
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    Delicious Music 美味しい音楽

    Now that you've got the meal all planned, what about some great music? Composer Chris Whittaker has created three food-themed pieces: "Piece I: Main, Piece 2: Soup, and Piece 3: Side Dish” – the traditional Japanese meal structure!

    作曲家Chris WhittakerのNourishing Japanオリジナル音楽一式のデジタルダウンロード:伝統的な日本の食事の基本である「一汁三菜」の音楽のバリエーションをお楽しみいただける「給食テーマ」音楽

    Includes:
    • Nourishing Japan Original Music
    • Digital version of the completed documentary
    • Digital Recipes of Japanese School Lunch Meals
    • Ringtone for your phone!
    • Digital Movie Poster
    • Access to Backers Only Blog!
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    Getting Goodies 良いもの

    Make Nourishing Japan a part of your home with the DVD! And, share with all your friends how you helped to make the film possible with a special acknowledgment on our website.

    ドキュメンタリー映画をDVDで家の一部にしましょう!そして、ウェブサイト上の特別な謝辞も含めております。

    Includes:
    • Signed DVD
    • Website Acknowledgment
    • Nourishing Japan Original Music
    • Digital version of the completed documentary
    • Digital Recipes of Japanese School Lunch Meals
    • Ringtone for your phone!
    • Digital Movie Poster
    • Access to Backers Only Blog!
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    That's a Wrap おしまいに

    Whether at home or on the go - you'll be ready with your handmade Nourishing Japan handkerchief! The handkerchief is a must have in Japan - at school or the office - for drying your hands or even tying up your bento lunch!

    自宅でも、外出先でも、手作りのNourishing Japanハンカチを手に入れることができます!

    Includes:
    • Handmade Nourishing Japan “handkerchief”
    • Signed DVD
    • Website Acknowledgment
    • Nourishing Japan Original Music
    • Digital version of the completed documentary
    • Digital Recipes of Japanese School Lunch Meals
    • Ringtone for your phone!
    • Digital Movie Poster
    • Access to Backers Only Blog!
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    On the Big Screen 大画面にて

    See your name on the big screen with acknowledgments in the published film. Own a special piece of our project with the official Nourishing Japan poster!

    完成した映画で自分の名前を見られます。公式のNourishing Japanポスターでこのプロジェクトを思い出します!

    Includes:
    • Official Film Poster
    • Name on Film Credits
    • Handmade Nourishing Japan “handkerchief”
    • Signed DVD
    • Website Acknowledgment
    • Nourishing Japan Original Music
    • Digital version of the completed documentary
    • Digital Recipes of Japanese School Lunch Meals
    • Ringtone for your phone!
    • Digital Movie Poster
    • Access to Backers Only Blog!
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    Making Movie Magic

    A standing invitation to New York City for your very own Japanese school lunch inspired meal! While you are at it, you can provide thoughts and feedback with exclusive access to the documentary rough cut.

    Includes:
    • Invite to Film Maker's Home
    • Doc Rough Cut
    • Official Film Poster
    • Name on Film Credits
    • Handmade Nourishing Japan “handkerchief”
    • Signed DVD
    • Website Acknowledgment
    • Nourishing Japan Original Music
    • Digital version of the completed documentary
    • Digital Recipes of Japanese School Lunch Meals
    • Ringtone for your phone!
    • Digital Movie Poster
    • Access to Backers Only Blog!
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Funding period

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