Intrepid Traveler - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
A poignant film that is graced by superlative acting, cinematography that captures the natural beauty of Japan, the wisdom of simplistic living, while drawing the viewer into a deeper appreciation for the art and craft of perfecting the dorayaki, a true comfort food / snack from the revered adzuki bean that evokes the aromatic flavor of pure deliciousness. The film is much more than a glimpse into Japanese lifestyle, culture, and history; with a plot that intertwines three generations of complex lives who share a common thread of decency, compassion, courage, and personal redemption. Interspersed throughout the intensity of this film are moments of complete joy contrasted with deep sadness and profound loss counterbalanced with hope, wisdom, and life lessons fundamental to all who seek a sense of utility and meaning in life. For the novice traveler, the film provides an organic view of Japan and insight into humble yet meaningful work and workmanship amidst the backdrop of modern Japan and its perpetual motion. For the frequent traveler to Japan, a warm welcome back to the sights, routines, values, circumstances, and conditions that resonate with the human condition to find purpose and place in calm and chaos.