Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art

Film Screening x Tasting: The Zen Diary

Director Yuji Nakae’s film of gratitude revolves around the art of simple cooking. Former Zen monk Tsutomu and widower (Kenji Sawada) lives alone, writing and cooking. His routine is happily disturbed when Machiko, his editor and love interest, visits. Tsutomu seems content with life, but when Tsutomu’s mother-in-law suddenly passes, it sets in motion a review of life’s meaning. Screening followed by a free tasting.


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