UPV screens 'Tsukiji Wonderland’
More than 200 high school students coming from 10 public and private high schools from the Municipality of Miag-ao flocked and watched the free film screening of “Tsukiji Wonderland” at the Audio Visual Room, Pidlaoan Hall, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), UP Visayas, Miagao on August 18, 2017.
UPV, through the CFOS, was invited by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Foundation Manila for a joint partnership in the film screening of “Tsukiji Wonderland” in line with the celebration of the Japan-Philippines Friendship Month. The screening also gave an opportunity to share the culture of Japan to young Filipino audience. The documentary portrays the rich seafood and fishing culture and tradition of Japan.
The film earned positive reactions from the audience. “It is very informative. It gives us a glimpse of Japan’s culture and how they value trust and honor,” said a female student of Palaca National High School.
“It shows us how Japanese people treasures relationship, which is their primary goal over profit in dealing business with people,” another student quipped when asked about their reaction after watching the documentary.
In his commentary, CFOS Dean Dr. Crispino A. Saclauso, stated that “Tsukiji more than anything else, stands for craftsmanship, excellence and tradition reflecting the old-fashioned work ethics of the Japanese.”
He pointed out how the Japanese relates with their clients putting the latter’s interests over profit. “If only this is how things are in other parts of the world, we would expect a healthy and happier relationships between and among the food providers and the end users.”
He said for tradition and practices to continue, they must be passed on to the younger generations, which according to him is the message from the film.
Mr. Hiroaki Uesugi, Director of The Japan Foundation, Manila and Ms. Jennifer Erice of JICA Philippines were present during the screening.
Uesige gave a brief background about the film. He said Tsukiji Wonderland took two years in the making. It was shot for 14 months and another 10 months for editing to come up with a 110-minute presentation out of a 600-hour video. Built more than 80 years ago, the Tsukiji Market has attracted many tourists. However, it is facing closure in the next few years due to sanitation issue. Uesige said that it will be relocated to another place.
Meanwhilre, Erice of JICA Philippines enlightened the audience about the agency, its programs and services.
Mr. Joel Abalayan, senior aquaculturist at the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Region VI shared his experiences being a former participant to the JICA Training Program in Japan.
Dr. Nathaniel Añasco, Director of the Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanology, CFOS and Dr. Harold Monteclaro, Director of the Institute of Fisheries Policy and Development Studies, CFOS respectively welcomed and thanked the responsible agencies in bringing the documentary to the University. Añasco and Monteclaro both earned their PhD degree (Fisheries Science) in Japan.
Tsukiji Wonderland is one of the documentary films featured in this year’s 20th Eigasai, an annual Japanese Film Festival. The Eigasai is now showing at the FDCP Cinematheque-Iloilo, Solis St., Iloilo City from August 25-29, 2017.