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Diary of a Nun's Abundant Kitchen

  • Chronicles of a temple nun preparing seasonal meals in the mountains of Nara
  • Tasty conversations between temple visitors and a seasoned nun
  • Additional nun’s recipes and temple life videos available

A Buddhist nun, Goto Mitsuei, lives in a temple located a 40-minute climb up a steep mountain path. In 2016, NHK began documenting her life, how she responded to the changing seasons, and carefully prepared vegetarian dishes for frequent visitors from near and far. But COVID-19 interrupted the flow of guests. In 2021, we visited Mitsuei and found her still engaged in her modest but rich daily life, once again welcoming people with wisdom and ingenuity, and celebrating the joys of mountain living.

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