Shinya Shokudō (深夜食堂 Midnight Diner) is a Japanese manga series by Yarō Abe. It won the 55th Shogakukan Manga Award for general manga and it was nominated for the 2nd Manga Taishō. It was adapted into a 10-episode television drama in October 2009, followed by second season in October 2011, and then third season in October 2014. In 2015, a film was released by director Joji Matsuoka starring Kaoru Kobayashi as The Master, released in Japan in Jan 2015. The movie is currently showing in Hong Kong. The show is about a late night canteen in the side street of Shinjuku opening from midnight to 7 am and the stories of its fringe patrons as portrayed under the relaxing and supportive ambience created by the Master (chef). Each episode in the television series featured a special meal. One-point advice will be given to the preparation of each featured meal.
Popular and very entertaining. To pay tribute to the Shokudo and the artists who made it all happened, I shall write a few posts as inspired by Midnight Canteen.
The first post I shall write is "One point advice for the internal arts". The second post I shall write is "The concept of Fringe and Chi Kung". The third post is "Zen and the Japanese personality". Stay tuned.
Both the manga and the television series are available free on-line, for those who can understand either Japanese or Chinese.