A compelling journey into the world of Japanese cuisine and animation, in which food becomes a thread between tradition, emotions and extraordinary adventures.
Recalling the works of such great masters of animated drawing as Hayao Miyazaki, Eichiro Oda, and Masashi Kishimoto, this exhibition celebrates iconic dishes such as Onigiri, bentō, and traditional dishes that have inspired and unified generations of anime and adventure fans in the Rising Sun.
Itadakimasu. Little Hidden Stories in the Anime Kitchen, conceived and produced by Vertigo Syndrome, with support from Palazzo della Meridiana, and curated by food influencer @pranzoakonoha, in collaboration with writer Silvia Casini.
Complimentary to all visitors is a small cookbook on anime cooking with culinary creations designed by the exhibition curator and explained by him step by step.
In Japan, food is not simply a meal, but a refuge of the soul, a source of personal growth and human connection. Visitors to Itadakimasu will be invited to explore the deep connection between culture, animation and gastronomic pleasures, going on to discover hidden stories and precious secrets of Japanese tradition.
Guiding them through this secret world will be the manga, anime, and animated film masterpieces signed by such masters as Hayao Miyazaki, Eichiro Oda, and Masashi Kishimoto, who helped make such dishes as ramen, onigiri, and bentō, with their flavors, shapes, and scents, known in the West-and thus famous throughout the world.
Through very faithful reproductions of dishes, specially made in life-size, thanks to the peculiar Japanese technique of shokuhin sampuru; wonderful illustrations inspired by the most beloved cartoons and movies, created especially for the exhibition by Loputyn, BlakBanshee, Virginia Foti, Davide Gerardi and Lucia Mattioli; as well as video panels showing, in the form of tutorials, how to prepare these famous recipes, the exhibition will tell tasty and special aspects about Japan.
The exhibition is accompanied by a book published by Trenta Editore and written by the exhibition curator @pranzoakonoha together with Silvia Casini, Raffaella Fenoglio and Francesco Pasqua, former authors of “La Cucina Enchanted,” which was the inspiration for the exhibition. The publication will offer readers an unmissable cultural, gastronomic and cinematic journey capable of delivering intense culinary and filmic emotions, but not only.