At Kyoto Kodawari Marché 29 held at the Kyoto Prefectural Hall on June 10th, FEAST Project collaborated with NPO Tsukaisutejidai wo Kangaeru Kai (The Association for Ethical Waste Disposal Awareness) and its affiliated company limited, Anzennousan Kyokyu Center (Safe Produce Supply Center Ltd.) to organize an event “Painting delicious Kyoto: Let’s map out the future of food in Kyoto!”.
What kind of “future of food in Kyoto” do the participants of such a marché event envision as ideal? The particular objective of this event was to visualize and understand these ideal visions. Four posters with different background sketches were prepared for the participants to add “their ideal future of food in Kyoto”. The sketches were: 1) mountain (ranch, orchard), 2) sato or countryside (rice paddy, field, river), 3) ocean (port, fishing boat, raft) and 4) city (residential house, school, factory, amusement park). Additionally, two blank posters were available so that the participants could fill in whatever they had in mind in relation to the future of food.
Despite the rainy weather, a quite number of people, mainly children, came by to the event booth located outside of the prefectural hall. Some drew fruits such as grapes and watermelons, vegetables such as carrots, edamame beans and broccolis, others drew specific menus including udon noodles, gyoza dumplings, sushi and cakes decorated with candles. Other drawings focused on “people” such as a scene of family dinner table, a famer engaged in agricultural work, a man enjoying fishing, and also “place” such as school garden at school and BBQ at a ranch. These drawings illuminated that the image of “food” were not necessarily linked to ingredients or menus, but also various scenes in our daily activities.
It is also worth pointing out here that a process similar to an association game was taking place: those came by later tended to add associated images to what were already drawn. In the very beginning, a child drew a big and beautiful bunch of grapes on a blank poster. Thereafter, others drew a wide range of fruits such as watermelon, strawberry, pineapple, peach, pear and so forth, which were most likely to be inspired from the image of grapes. This gave the impression that children recognized fruits as something similar to cartoons, not necessarily something seasonal or deeply linked to their daily lives. In other words, children find it entertaining to drew fruits and vegetables. The drawings of vegetables included edamame beans, carrots, broccolis, shishito peppers etc, which were more likely to be served on their table in comparison to fruits.
Witnessing the process of drawing and mapping out as well as analyzing the outcomes reminded me of fun that children would have drawing food, and at the same time, motivated me to pursue and work out various and colorful images associated with “food”.
(Translated by Yuko Kobayashi)