Samurai Gourmet

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Samurai Gourmet
StarringNaoto Takenaka
Tetsuji Tamayama
Honami Suzuki
Country of originJapan
Original languageJapanese
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12
Running time16–22 min.
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseMarch 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)

Samurai Gourmet is a twelve-part 2017 Japanese-language web television series on Netflix, based on Masayuki Kusumi's essay and the manga of the same title. The premise revolves around Takeshi Kasumi (Naoto Takenaka), told in a slice of life style. Now a retired salaryman, Kasumi discovers the joys of eating and drinking, which awakens his inner persona — a wandering samurai living freely in Japan's age of civil wars.[1][2][3]



EpisodeTitleOriginal airdate
1"Mid-Day Beer at a Restaurant"March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
Unsure what to do with his newfound freedom, Kasumi takes a stroll around the neighborhood and discovers a local diner he's never been to before.
2"The Demoness's Ramen"March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
At Shizuko's suggestion, Kasumi decides to take up walking as a hobby. Soon he's hungry for ramen, but the popular places are too crowded.
3"Mackerel in the Morning"March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
After a board game session with an old friend goes late, Kasumi decides to spend the night by himself at a local seaside bed-and-breakfast.
4"Yakiniku Her Way"March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
Shizuko asks Kasumi to give their college-aged niece Masako career advice. He takes her out to dinner but has trouble controlling the conversation.
5"Bento Lunch on Set"March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
Kasumi is excited for his first job as an extra and can't wait for the free lunch that comes with the position. But delays keep him waiting for hours.
6"Lunch at an Old-Fashioned Café"March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
A search for a book leads Kasumi to an area of town he hasn't been to in years. He decides to read in a café, but only a "pure" one will do.
7"Umbrellas at the Dinner Counter"March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
After receiving a clean bill of health, Kasumi decides to celebrate by dining and drinking at a beaten-down but cozy izakaya gastropub.
8"Pasta the Samurai Way"March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
Kasumi is concerned about how a new pair of sunglasses makes him look. Lunch at a high-class Italian restaurant makes the problem worse.
9"Croquettes of the Heart"March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
While out running an errand for Shizuko, Kasumi spots a simple but delicious treat that brings back happy memories of his childhood.
10"The White-Haired Knight"March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
Left on his own for dinner, Kasumi wanders the neighborhood to find a suitable place. He settles on a yakitori restaurant with a gruff chef.
11"Anniversary Oden"March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
Kasumi surprises Shizuko with an anniversary outing and dinner. After ordering, he worries that she's disappointed by his unambitious menu selections.
12"A Memory of Hashed Beef and Rice"March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
Looking through old photos, Kasumi is struck by a desire to visit a beloved restaurant he had frequented years ago. But when he gets there, it's gone.


Samurai Gourmet has been released on Netflix streaming.[4]


  1. ^ "Samurai Gourmet: A Catastrophic Review". Kitchen Catastrophe. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "Netflix's Latest Food Show Is Like 'Anthony Bourdain' With a Samurai Twist". Thrillist. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "Bored by British food shows? Netflix's Asian ones have more flavour". The Guardian. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  4. ^ Samurai Gourmet. Netflix.

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