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October 21 - 22, 2016

Tsukiji Wonderland

Tokyo’s Tsukiji market, the largest wholesale fish market on the planet, is on the verge of being relocated. What has made a tired, gritty 80-year-old complex in the heart of Tokyo not simply a commercial hub but a cultural arbiter of contemporary Japanese cuisine? The documentary provides a rich and sustaining portrait of Tsukiji. Spend a day with the buyers, sellers, chefs, local residents, and visitors who help make a fish market central to a city’s sense of identity at a moment when the market’s very future is in flux.

Theodore C. Bestor, Reischauer Institute Professor of Social Anthropology and Director of the Reischauer Institute will introduce the film at each viewing event and moderate a Q & A and short discussion about the documentary with film’s director, Naotarō Endō, and Maiko Teshima and Kazuha Okuda, the co-producers.

This film is part of the Reischauer Institute Japan Forum’s 2016 Film Series. The event is free and open to the public.

Co-presented by the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard.


Free Screening
Director Naotarō Endō in person

Friday October 21 at 4pm
Saturday October 22 at 3pm

Tsukiji Wonderland

Directed by Naotarō Endō
Japan 2016, DCP, color, 110 min. Japanese and English with English subtitles

DCP courtesy Shochiku.

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