Visiting The Birthplace of Soy Sauce

Tuesday May 23, 2017 Written by Genevieve

Soy sauce is a crucial accompaniment to countless Asian dishes. But like anything that features heavily in your life, it’s easy to take this magical, umami-packing ingredient for granted – a realisation we had while watching this short film from Mile Nagaoka. Titled Yuasa Town: The Birthplace of Soy Sauce, it tells the story of soy sauce’s 750-year-old history. Focussing on the birthplace of what we recognise today as soy sauce, a small town called Yuasa in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, the film is a beautiful and compelling tribute to an ancient source of human gastronomic pleasure.

Related: we wrote about the traditional practice of soy sauce barrelling in Smith Journal volume 20. Buy a copy, find your closest stockist, or subscribe.