Monday, July 8, 2013

Growing City: A Documentary



Nick Sugihara walks around with a video camera, a notebook, and some big ideas about what he sees around him these days in Tokyo. After spending a year studying at a Japanese university here in Tokyo, Nick decided to weave a few of those big ideas together to make a documentary.

Nick is passionate about food, farming, food security, and Japan. His roamings this past year showed him much of Tokyo's concrete and steel side, but he couldn't help but notice those green edges where fruit, vegetables, flowers, and herbs grow. Farmers markets introduced him to growers and consumers alike who care deeply about the quality of their food, where it comes from, and how it is grown. As he met more and more urban farmers, read about urban farmers as well as worries over food security here in Japan and beyond, Nick felt the Tokyo's growing scene would make an excellent documentary.

And it will.

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