A graduation project at the Kagawa Nutrition University in Sakado, Saitama Prefecture gave birth to the DJ Miso Shiru and MC Gohan show, a one-woman show by Miso who encourages people to cook by means of hip-hop. The project kicked off on YouTube and eventually led to an album called “Mother’s Food.” The debut album will be released next week, just a couple of days before her performance at the Fuji Rock Festival in Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture
A kitchen musical? Whether the Asian TV series contributed inspiration or not, the DJ Miso Shiru and MC Gohan show is a sure combination of cooking and music, with a hip-hop and rap flavor. “You can send a message directly through hip-hop,” Miso said. The DJ Miso Shiru and MC Gohan show surely knows how to incorporate food and music. “Not just recipes — when you cook, feelings associated with a dish come back to you, like memories or people you’ve eaten it with,” Miso shared.
Miso refused to give her real name but she did not withhold her thoughts about music and cooking. Some have criticized Miso for what she’s doing but she refused to let them get into her. “I just want to make people want to cook.” But Miso admitted that her cooking would not meet the expectations of the recipes she wrote down, even describing them to “get dirty” as she cooked. “It was really annoying, so I thought making a song to remember them would work.” And it did. Besides helping her memory about recipes, Miso has also helped other people get into cooking. During a show, the audience is given the opportunity to have a taste of music. “At one show,” she recalled, “I sang about manju [a Japanese sweet] and afterward the crowd started making manju. Then I performed while they cooked.” The cooking rapper also revealed that it was her favourite show.
“At first, DJ Miso Shiru and MC Gohan were characters, but for the live shows it was just me,” said Miso. She also said that she used to work at a food stand at Fuji Rock before, recalling how she spent most of the time “trying to catch an act.” But now Miso has been invited to perform at the Fuji Rock Festival, one of Japan’s most popular music gatherings. Too bad there will be no actual cooking at that show.
[via Japan Times]
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