Dining with the Chef : Washoku in Paris

Part 1 – Culinary Heritage Abroad

Jan. 5 Fri. 14:30/ 20:30/ Jan. 6 Sat. 2:10/ 8:10 (UTC)   <28 min.>


Part 2 – Game Changers

Jan. 12 Fri. 14:30/ 20:30/ Jan. 13 Sat. 2:10/ 8:10 (UTC)   <28 min.>


Master chef Tatsuo Saito and singer/actress Yu Hayami explore Japanese cuisine in Paris. Ambitious chefs in France are devoting their talents to dishes such as sushi and ramen, striking a balance between remaining true to the tradition and adding their own signatures. Chefs from Japan also are redefining the boundaries. See how they handle the ingredients of Japanese cuisine and the five basic tastes, including umami.



One Last Vision : A Photographer’s Final Journey

Jan. 5 Fri. 23:10/ Jan. 6 Sat. 5:10/ 10:10/ 17:10 (UTC)   <49 min.>


World-renowned photographer Yoshikazu Shirakawa has been taking pictures for more than half a century. His collections include “The Alps,” “The Way of Buddhism,” and “The World’s Hundred Greatest Mountains.” Now, at 82, he is working on his 12th compilation. It pays homage to the laws of nature, from which Shirakawa believes humans should learn. The program chronicles his journey to the Midwest of the United States, where he encounters nature head on.



Alain Ducasse, Japanese Cuisine Par Excellence

Jan. 6 Sat. 23:10/ Jan. 7 Sun. 5:10/ 10:10/ 17:10 (UTC)  <45 min.>


Alain Ducasse, master of French cuisine and worldwide restaurateur, has long held an interest in Japan’s traditional “washoku” cuisine. He has opened a restaurant in Tokyo’s luxurious Ginza area, challenging himself to make the most of ingredients sourced from across the country. With the arrival of winter, Ducasse has selected sea urchin and pole-and-line fished cod from Hokkaido, as well as Shogoin Daikon radish from Kyoto. He draws inspiration from Japan and his homeland in turning the ingredients into delectable French dishes.


Expressions from the Obscure

Jan. 27 Sat. 23:10/ Jan. 28 Sun. 5:10/ 10:10/ 17:10 (UTC)  <49 min.>


Self-taught artists are claiming respect and recognition for themselves and their work. Marie Suzuki is one such person, a creator of what has come to be known as art brut, made by artists who have learned on their own. She cultivates her skills primarily to please herself. Nevertheless, others have taken notice. The program features an exhibition of Japanese art brut in Nantes, France, including that of Suzuki. Tune in to see how boundless imagination turns into expression beyond words.

(Source: NHK WORLD TV press release)