Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Commissioned Project


In December 2014, Wa-shoku - traditional Japanese food and cuisine - was recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Japan is home to diverse and abundant nature, and has nurtured an original food culture. The "practice" of this "cuisine," which is based on Japanese temperament, is a "culture" that should be protected by Japan.

On this occasion, Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & ASIA), one of the largest international short film festivals in Asia, launches the"Project introducing the attraction of Japanese Food and Food Culture," designed to spread the attraction of Japanese Food and Japanese Food Culture throughout Japan and the rest of the world.

Under this project, a Special Production Short Film titled "Shabu-Shabu Spirit" has been produced. This short film will be screening online in full from 25th March (Wed) alongside the "WA - SHOKU (Japanese Food) Program," which includes five short films carefully selected for the Japanese Food theme. In addition, "Shabu-Shabu Spirit" will be screening at Expo Milano 2015, held in Milan, Italy as of 1st May 2015. We shall be continuing to publicize Japanese Food and Japanese Food Culture.

Shabu-Shabu Spirit 

Special Production Short Film "Shabu Shabu Spirit" screening online in full for a limited period. Can the finance of this father's daughter win approval with his way of eating shabu-shabu?!

Shabu-Shabu Spirit

WA-SHOKU(Japanese Food)Program 

From "umami" (taste) and ingredients to the familiarity of ramen and izakaya (Japanese pubs), five films on the theme of Japanese Food have been selected. A total of 32 minutes of film available online for a limited period!

WA-SHOKU(Japanese Food)Program


25th March (Wed) Project introducing the attraction of Japanese Food and Food Culture website is launched

Shabu-Shabu Spirit(full movie)


A fiancé, Keita, goes to meet the family, the father, Shozo, begins his secret appraisal – a test to see whether this fiancé is worthy or not of marrying his daughter. Trying to reduce the distance between them, the mother prepares a single nabe (cooking pot) for the shabu-shabu meal. As Shozo’s eyes glint brightly, Keita reaches towards the shabu-shabu.
Yuki Saito/ Japan / 2015 / Comedy / 10:32


Mitsuru Hirata
Dai Watanabe
Ayaka Morita
Akiko Takeuchi
Director:Yuki Saito

Executive Producer: Tetsuya Bessho / Planning and Production: Kei Suwa
Producers: Chikara Ito Yuka Koide / Production Managers: Taichi Nara, Emiko Hikida,
Daisuke Muraoka / Screenplay by: Joji Okamoto, Yuki Saito
Casting: Hisaya Ito / Director of Photography: Minoru Toyoda / Grip and Electric: Tomoharu Ozaki | On / Location Sound: Hidehiko Ameda
Art Direction: Asako Ogiwara / Wardrobe: ZAKI / Hair and Makeup: Rika Ito / Food coordinators: Hiromi Akahori, Hidemi Kubota / Script Supervisor: Yoneko Mochizuki / Assistant Director: Shinya Masuda / Senior Production Manager: Raimu Obata / Offline Editor: Zui Kidani / Editor: Juju Fukuchi / Color Grading: Kura Miyashita / Sound Mixing-MA: Hideki Masuda / Sound Effects: Yuiri Matsumoto / Music: Nobuko Toda, Kengo Nagata / On Set Photographer: Nobuyasu Yamazaki / Title Design: Yosuke Abe
Behind the Scenes: Camera, Editor, Director: Shigedo Okada / Production House: andpictures Inc.
Planning and Production: Pacific Voice Inc. Visual Voice Inc.

Making of/Message

Press Conference Video

WA-SHOKU(Japanese Food)Program


Jordan Feldman / France / 2004 / Romance / 5:30

Françoise's arrival in a Japanese restaurant at lunchtime causes a chain reaction.

Fully cooked for you

Yuka Imabayashi / Japan / 2011 / Animation / 3:44

A mother is making a traditional New Year’s vegetable dish for the family, and her child is watching. The ingredients are animals of peas, carrots, burdock root and konjak. Enjoy the dish!


Matthew Fisher / USA / 2014 / 10:34

Mono no aware - Japanese for 'sadness for the transience of things.' This story explores the environment of the teppanyaki restaurant through the eyes of an aging chef. A slice-of-life meditation on life's fading joys, and its moments of rejuvenation.


Hatsuhiko Kaneda / Japan / 2012 / Drama / 11:00

An average day at a small izakaya doing steady business in the corner of a residential area is depicted in a matter-of-fact way. What thoughts run through the mind of the shop’s owner?

A Sushi Love Story

Mike Blaney / USA / 2010 / Animation / 2:00

A young sushi is torn between love at home and adventure abroad.