7 ways udon connects people and tanukis
Souta Tawara returns to his hometown after the death of his father. Souta moved to Tokyo to pursue a web designing career. The visit to his hometown is supposed to be a reprieve from the busy urban life. Upon arrival, he learns that the family restaurant is no longer in business and finds a blonde-haired boy inside a cooking pot. Souta decides to adopt the boy and call him Poco. Poco is a shapeshifting tanuki. Souta and Poco, together, start a new journey of self-discovery, udon tasting, and more tanuki encounters.
The heartwarming moments between Souta and Poco prove that food, in this case, udon connects people and tanukis.
Run: 2016 (Fall)
Written By: Natsuko Takahashi
Directed By: Seikei Takuno
Studio: Liden Films
Written By: Nadoka Shinomaru
Publication: 2012 (Summer)
Tanuki is a Japanese Raccoon Dog—it has a significant presence in Japanese folklore. They are known to be mischievous, jolly, a master at disguises, and shapeshifting. Tanukis are also known for being absent-minded and gullible.
Udon, according to Wikipedia (2020), is a type of thick, wheat-flour noodle used frequently in Japanese cuisine. It is often served hot as a noodle soup in its simplest form, as kake udon, with a mildly flavoured broth called kakejiru, which is of dashi, soy sauce, and mirin. Kagawa Prefecture is known as the Udon Prefecture of Japan.
If you got time to savour and enjoy authentic Japanese udon, do also share a bowl or two with Souta and Poco in Udon no Kuni no Kin-iro Kemari [Poco’s Udon World]. They will take you on a fun journey of the udon way of life.