Ichiko lives alone in a little house surrounded by forest, a stream, and fields where rice and other foods grow. Her mother is mysteriously absent and there is no corner store to buy food. She harvests wild food or gets food from neighboring farms. Anyway she can't bear to buy from a store food that she can grow herself. She shows us in great detail how she prepares foods, and we learn about gardening, harvesting and
Growing and cooking your own food, something I'm in love with. Fermented rice drink, silverberry jam, bread, homemade worchester sauce and hazelnut spread, mizu no ohitashi, grilled trout and miso soup, stir fried akebi skin with cumin and tomatoes, walnut rice, nanbanzuka trout fish, candied chestnuts, grilled dried sweet potatoes, seared duck meat (soup stock from the bones), vegetable cream stew, sauteed greens.
One of the more soothing film experiences in awhile. It is extremely calming to watch Ichiko utilize the wonders of nature with such an unbounded appreciation. Even though it's hinted that Ichiko is running from something, it is clear that she has a strong love for her rural hometown. Visually stunning with an assortment of charming cooking segments, it never really matters that this film lacks a concrete plot.