Gallery Openings and Events

Summer Outdoor Movie Series Kicks Off at US National Arboretum

Credit: (c)2013 A Tale of Samurai Cooking Film Partners.

Event: Thursday, July 22 | Doors open at 8pm. Screening begins at 9pm

The Japan-America Society presents A Tale of Samurai Cooking: A True Love Story 武士の献立 as part of the Sakura Samurai Summer Movie Series. This first outdoor summer screening of the series is hosted in partnership with The Japan Foundation New York, Friends of the National Arboretum, and the National Bonsai Foundation. More about the film below.


  • Visit for more information and tickets.

  • Early-bird tickets (before July 18): $12 per person

  • Children 6 years and under get in free

  • Ticket buyers can order a bento box from Sushi Ogawa with ticket purchase, or bring a picnic to enjoy during the screening


Funaki Dennai laid the foundations for Kaga clan cuisine in the Edo Period as a “kitchen samurai” who prepared food for the nobility. This heartwarming drama depicts the internal affairs of the Kaga clan from the perspective of a woman who marries Funaki’s son. It features meals made according to the Funaki family’s recipe collection “Ryori Mugonsho” and recreates the workings of samurai family kitchens at the time.

Maid Haru (Ueto Aya) is a talented cook but stubborn, which leads her to divorce her husband after a year. However, she is asked by Kaga clan “kitchen samurai” Dennai (Nishida Toshiyuki) to marry his son and heir Yasunobu (Kora Kengo), and works to remedy his lack of culinary skills.

The U.S. National Arboretum is located at 2400 R Street NE.