Episode 106: For Udon and Country

We fell in love with Shimizu San.  It occurs from time to time when filming stories.  It happened to Mirra first, shortly after they met.  Maybe it was the fact that he let her stomp on the Udon noodles  or when he invited us to play music and dance with his friends.  It hit Daniel while he was editing, hearing the beautiful story of a man who was defying the negatives of globalization through farming good ingredients and making good noodles.   We think you will fall in love too.  Enjoy!  Special Thanks to Intrepid Travel.

  • Santiago

    i fell in love with his philosophy too. keep doing this magic. take care.

  • Shelagh

    What a lovely, lovely man. Oh how I wish we could all step into this calm .

  • http://twitter.com/EastVillageEats East Village Eats

    Beautiful video & a very, very wise man… Awesome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.rembert.14 Robert Rembert

    That was beautiful. Thank you.

  • http://twitter.com/travelorganic Growing Native

    Insightful how preserving the earth’s diversity relies on individual pride and care for one’s own community and traditions. Beautifully done.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rand.the.man Randy Ifi

    Amazing person and great passion for food!

  • http://twitter.com/BristolTricky Rob Hodges

    Superb piece. Went to Japan with my wife last year and found it the most amazing sensory experience. Just makes me want to go back and do it all again.

  • Angela Sze

    Mirra and Daniel! What an amazing story! I can see why you would fall in love with this wise man! Thanks for sharing :)

  • http://twitter.com/Sekkyo Joel Peterson

    I cannot tell you how much this video made me long for the superb simple beauty of a Japanese noodle dish.

  • Ellie Guttman

    I,too, have fallen in love. With a local udon street vendor and this movie makes me want some right now! I love the simple flavors of japanese cuisine and hope to one day make trip like yours!

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  • http://twitter.com/Soos808 Soos

    He said the word. It is “kokoro” – heart

  • Peterw619

    Very cool! Great video! Reminded me of the documentatry “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”.

  • Guest

    cool & cute !!!

  • tomotadara

    From Tokyo Station, it is a train and they are 1 hour and about 20 minutes. It opens from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is a rest on Tuesday every week. Those of after and agricultural work with a non-regular holiday. Latitude longitude information 35.733589,139.230904

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeja1985 Jeja Tokyo


  • http://www.facebook.com/david.iwaasa David Iwaasa

    Interesting thing is that the vast majority of the udon made in Japan is made from Australian wheat. In fact, only a very small proportion of the udon in Japan comes from Japanese wheat. The other useful fact is that the majority of the good quality bread made in Japan is made from Canadian wheat. We grow probably the very best bread and pasta wheat in the world here in Canada.

  • marygerush

    This is magical. Thank you.