10.6.14 National Noodle Day: Soba Master Tatsuru Rai

In answer to the question “What is Cooking?” Soba master Tatsuru Rai choose to demonstrate making soba noodles by hand. Though he remains silent, the process itself is far from it. His rhythmic movements beat out a precise rhythm, resulting in a kind of auditory performance as much as a visual one, and reminds us of how cooking demands the use of all of our senses — touch, smell, taste, sight, as well as hearing. Happy National Noodle Day! (Video link here.)

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6 Responses to 10.6.14 National Noodle Day: Soba Master Tatsuru Rai

  1. I watched this video a couple weeks ago, and I was speechless! What rhythm, poetry, and art in his performance! It was very inspiring :)

  2. Is it wrong that I had Korean Ramen noodle day? I love Ramen…maybe too much.

  3. janebalshaw says:

    So beautiful! The concentration and body rhythm from years of practice tidying as he went. So zen and so artful. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Anne says:

    Lovely to watch. I was spellbound.

  5. Annie says:

    I’m thankful that I routinely enjoy noodles made by my husband, taught by his mother. He will appreciate this video… ethereal in preparation and presentation.

  6. Norma Chang says:

    Thank you for sharing, I too was spellbound by the master’s concentration and body rhythm. Did not know there was a National Noodle Day.

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