Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories Ep. 4 "Omu Rice"
As people of all types and circumstances go to the little restaurant of Meshiya for Master Kaoru’s delicious food, drama naturally unfolds.
Midnight Diner delves into the practical, everyday issues people face.
In episode 4, the issue is marriage. Amamiya, a Japanese physicist, and Yoona, a Korean woman, meet for the first time on a rainy day. Fortunately, Amamiya and Yoona leave the restaurant at the same time and the kind Yoona shares her umbrella with him.
As time passes, they fall in love with each other. Yoona cooks Omu Rice for Amamiya -- more symbolic and important, as we will see, than you first realize. They want to marry and live together, but many sociological obstacles prevent them to: their difference in nationality, Yoona’s debt, and her parents’ disapproval of marriage. Yoona eventually returns to Korea. Then, Amamiya goes to Korea in an attempt to gain approval from Yoona's parents. In the final scene, Yoona and Amamiya are happily back in Japan, eating Omu Rice once again in Meshiya.
Omu Rice is the highlight food of this episode. It is a Japanese-style western food consisting of rice mixed with vegetables and bacon seasoned with ketchup, covered with egg. In this episode, Omu rice helps Amamiya and Yoona’s relationship. Omu rice is the symbol of love.
Throughout their relationship, Omu Rice is the key to their life. Amamiya orders his favorite food Omu Rice when he meets Yoona for the first time. Yoona cooks Omu Rice for him to show her love. Amamiya was able to find Yoona in Korea because he heard there is a restaurant that cooks Omu Rice in Korea. Omu Rice was also the main reason why Yoona’s parents’ restaurant business became financially stable.
Episode 4 explores the common issues of marriage and debt in a hopeful, heartfelt way. Amamiya and Yoona both struggled with these problems, but they are able to overcome them and live happily together. Love and Omu Rice conquer all.
Episode 4 of Midnight Diner reminds us not only of the importance of hope, but that hope comes through the small details.