The Bulletin

In the Shadow of the Pines – a new film by Anne Koizumi

In the Shadow of the Pines, a new animated short documentary by Anne Koizumi, explores the difficult relationship between the filmmaker and her father. Koizumi, a second-generation Japanese Canadian, draws on childhood memories to explore the idea of shame and how it can shape and define us, while also concealing who we can truly become.

Our Edible Roots: Okahijiki

In the relentless search for Japanese vegetable seeds I discovered the seed catalogue of Kitazawa Seed Company the oldest Japanese seed distributor in America. During 1917, founder Gijiu Kitazawa applied experience and knowledge gained in Japan to initiate a business in California specializing in domestic and Asian vegetable seed production and distribution. 

Community Kitchen

Back in January one of my daughters was reading a book set during World War II. She asked me what “ration cards” were and I explained about rationing and profiteering. We agreed that profiteering was evil and rationing clearly necessary when supplies were hard to come by.