for “The Smell of War” exhibition

Title: The Juice of War Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Year: 2015

When I was a child, my bedroom contained a shelf of my mother’s books and one of these book was about Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Inside I found photos of burned and rotten bodies. A field full of bodies that no longer look like bodies. It was in the high summer season so the bodies would quickly rot and flies laid eggs wherever they could.

The photos were so shocking to me that for nights I was afraid to go to sleep.  But I did not dare ask my mother to remove that book from my bedroom because it seemed rude to the victims. As I grew up I peeked into the book again and again, out of curiosity for the atomic bombings, and I realized that I was getting better in dealing with the fear. I ended up sleeping with that book until I left home at the age of 17.
I completely forgot about these pictures, but all of sudden, while I was thinking what to show here, I realized that they were the reason why I could not think anything else beside the smell of rotten flesh when I think of “the smell of war”.

In other words, working on this concept was digging into my memories.

Please put your head in a bowl. This smell was manually extracted from the juice of burned and rotten flesh.

The prime minister of Vlamish government also enjoyed the work at the opening.
At: The castle De Loving, Poperinge, Belgium. 

The Smell of War exhibition:

Curated by:  Peter de Coupere

This is a bizarre  story of purchasing meat of 20 euros at a supermarket, and made it rotten till it starts stinking for extracting the smell…  I am a bit ashamed to tell you the whole story but this is the real story behind this work.
When the curator Peter de Coupere asked me to participate in the exhibition with the theme of "the smell of war", I could not think of anything else than the smell of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. That would be the case by most of Japanese.  We grew up with reading the cartoons "Hadashi no gen はだしのゲン", with full of illustration of burned and rotten corps and maggot. Also it illustrates the bad odor.
The interface design:
Purchasing the parts for "katrol"
I sew the acrylic bowl myself because there was no company who could do this... it was quite some work.
I asked Peter, the organizer, for hanging the bowl with some instructions.
In Japan at my atelier: I bought pieces of meat at a local supermarket: checkin and pork, and burned them.
And dried them for 10 days in the sunlight.
This is the simulation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It was high in the summer time when they got bombed, and the burned corps got rotten quickly.  Flies lay eggs and it stank terribly everywhere.
After 5 or 6 days they started to smell like a garbage.  Around the 10th day it started to stink sour, and this was the limit (also for my neighbor...).
I extracted a little to check the smell and turned out that it was missing the burned scent, so I burned them extra.
Then sliced them.  My cutting board was suddenly covered with the flies. It was like a horror movie. I couldn't inhale even, so I inhaled the fresh air 10meters away and ran to the cutting board, and repeated this.
After the extraction, I filterd it, but it also releases smells everywhere... I got headache from it.  If I would have continued this process I would have gotten depressed.
In my fridge is the extract and beer mixed up…it's safe as long as it's concealed :-)

- a food art workshop for five (or more) senses in a restaurant setup -

workshop / event (2009)


It is free of the eyes, ears, nose,
tongue, body and mind;
free of sight, sound, smell, taste,
touch, and any object of mind;
free of sensory realms
including mind-consciousness.

- The Buddhist Heart Sutra -




A unique food art workshop in a restaurant set-up. Each course is served with an intervention of one of your senses, such as blindfolding, amplifying or muting to enhance your sensitivities and experience new sensations. All in Japanese lacto-ovo vegetarian style prepared with organic ingredients.

The workshop is developed by Maki Ueda, an artist who is known for her artworks focusing on the olfactory sense.

Eating is something to appreciate with the five (or more) senses. In this extraordinary Japanese course dinner you will witness that, with full of sensations, inspirations, and findings.















photos: Moritz Bernoully




for the sensory sounds with the hearing sense muted / amplified


  • rice crackers with aonori seaweeds 青海苔せんべい
  • fermented miso natto with cucumber (morokyu) もろきゅう
  • fried noodles (age somen) 揚げそうめん
  • seaweed salad わかめサラダ
  • fried buckwheat sticks (soba karinto) そばかりんとう
  • fresh soybeans (edamame) 枝豆
  • pickls (kojizuke, family recipe) 麹漬け(上田家秘伝)
  • mixed nuts ミックスナッツ


taste & smell experiments 1. smell the MISO SOUP PERFUME with the paper (or spray it into your mouth if you like)

1. MISO SOUP PERFUME is distilled miso soup. It's transparet, but contains the flavours. See from time to time how the charactor of smell changes.

  • top note (green onion)
  • middle note (shitake / kombu)
  • last note (miso)

2. Taste the (real) miso soup.



You will get exactly the same dish twice!

1st one:

  • blind folded
  • use your hands

2nd one:

  • take off the blindfold
  • use the chopsticks

DESSERT / デザート



Green Tea for flavour pairing

Spray the orange juice perfume into your mouth, then taste the green tea. "Food combines well when they have major components in common" : the concept widely accepted in the molecular gastronomy scene (




This workshop is primarily inspired by the activities of artists-collective FoAM in Brussels. One of the inspiring events that Maja Kuzmanovic has developed at FoAM was Open Sauces (Nov. 2008). It was about the future of food in many different perspectives. The issues herein included were: molecular gastronomy, food pairing, eating and senses (where Maki Ueda has contributed), logistics and food problems, safety of foods, etc.



For the documentations, please visit the blog site Scent Laboratory [DINNER FOR MUTED SENSES]




concept & development : Maki Ueda

cooking : Noriko & Maki Ueda

service : Misae Endo & Maria, Tomoko Inamura

special thanks to : Camera Japan Festival



日時: 2010年8月


主催:NPO法人 ニューロクリアティブ研究会

コンセプト: MAKI UEDA










スープを蒸留して香りのみを抽出した「スープの香水」と匂い紙をみなさんに渡します。スープを煮る時に蓋を開けっ放しにした らどうなるかなどの話題と、スープと香水の共通点(トップノート/ミドルノート/ベースノート) などを5分くらいお話します。

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私のオランダの義母は戦前の生まれで、彼女の台所を通して古き良き時代のオランダを垣間見る事が できます。私たちが遊びに行くと必ず待ち受けてくれている、美味しそうな台所の匂い・・・。彼女はよくリーキを使ったスープを作ってくれます。息子が3歳くらいの時、極端な野菜嫌いだったので すが、このスープだけは喜んで食していましたので、私たちはリーキのスープを「Oma Soep (= Grandma's Soup)」と呼ぶようになりました。匂いが記憶と感情と強く結びついているということ、 そして匂いは私たちに時間と空間を超えた体験をもたらしてくれること、などについてお話します。


主菜: 「目隠しの品」




配膳が終わってからまず、みなさんにお料理の匂いを嗅いでいただきます。その後、各プレートの ローズ・バスにお湯が注がれます。ローズとお料理の全体的な芳香を堪能してから、目隠しを外し、 フォークとナイフでいただきます。

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ここでの主役は肉や魚ではなく、ローズの花びらです。 ローズ・バスにお湯がかけられると、ローズの香りが立ち上ります。ここではチキンは脇役。あたか もローズを鼻で味わうかのように、料理をいただきます。



この図からは、ローズに含まれる上位 10 位までの香気成分が一目でわかります。ある研究チームがあらゆる素材を分析し、共通する香気成分が見られたもの同士を線で結んだものです。 ローズの成分のひとつは、シャルドネなどの白ワイン・グループ(ローズから見て 0 時の方向)にも共通するため、そのグループと線でつながれています。また別な成分が、ボイルドチキンやベークド鴨肉(ローズから見て7時の方向)にも共通の成分であることが、線を辿るとわかります。この図にある全ての素材と相性が良いのが、ローズというわけです。



• 鶏もも肉 180g
• 紅茶ティーバッグ 1 袋
• シャルドネ 150ml
• グリーンアスパラ 3本
• ラスベリー果汁
• ブルーチーズ(細かく切る)
• バジル(デコレーション用)
• ローズ 小さめの場合3本
鶏もも肉に塩こしょうをし、30 分なじませておく。ジップロックなど密閉できるような袋に鶏もも肉、紅茶ティーバッグ、シャルドネ、アスパラを入れ、sous-vide (真空調理法)で調理する。(専門書によると、鶏肉 180g の場合、推奨温度は 65 度、推奨時間は 20 分。)その間、ラズベリー果汁とブルーチーズを弱火にかけてソースを作る。sous-vide が終わったら、鶏肉を切ってアスパラと一 緒にお皿に盛り、バジルを盛り、ソースをかける。これをバラの花びらを散らしたお皿の真ん中に置き、配膳してから、ローズ・バスにお湯をかける。







卵の黄身とお酢を混ぜながら、オイルを少しずつ加えていくと、マヨネーズができます。仲の悪い水性のお酢と油性のオイルを、卵の黄身が仲介するわけです。この化学現象を乳化といいますが、この ような台所のサイエンスがヨーロッパではよく発達しています。

考えるに、オーブン文化がその要因かと思うのです。ヨーロッパの家庭では昔、オーブンとガス台と 暖炉が一体となったものが使われていましたので、その影響でしょうか。オーブン料理は特に、配合をきっちりと守らなければ失敗してしまう、料理のサイエンスです。同じ材料を使っていても、配合次第でクッキーになったりケーキになったりします。

そのためか、化学の視点から調理を再検討しようとする動きが 80 年代あたりからありました。90 年 代には、フランスの化学者エルベ・ティスが「モレキュラー・ガストロノミー」という題の論文を発表し、この言葉がガストロノミー界に定着しました。モレキュラーは分子を意味しますから、「分子の調理法」とでも訳したらよいのでしょうか。








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Conception: FoAM & Maki Ueda

Organization, Cooking:  FISHGROVE Inc.

Date: November 21th, 2012

Place: FISHGROVE Inc. (Tokyo)



 Special thanks to : Seiki Nakayama







Based on the OPEN SAUCE food art event held in Brussels, Maki Ueda showed its compact version of it in Tokyo in search for the boundary of tasting and smelling.


The theme is "mushroom", corresponding to the season.





We will enjoy the different phase of mushroom and thyme soup: gaseous, liquid, and solid (below zero degrees) state. We will observe the how we taste the same thing depending on the temperature and texture.


We serve bread, wine and dessert as well, so it's a complete dinner.




Edible soup perfume.  The soup is distilled and the flavor is extracted.  The gaseous phase of the soup.  







The liquid state of the soup.






Main dish: Mushroom stoemp (Dutch traditional cooking)









 Shiitake semifredo, with cognac perfume.




Referencial information where the recipe is based on: Flavor Pairing (







Artist: MAKI UEDA (FoAM)


Olfactory artist.


About Open Sauces


Open Sauces is a collection of projects, writings and events related to sharing of food, food culture and food systems. Although their format might change, these activities all combine tasting, socialising and learning. Open Sauces brings together people interested in both environmental and cultural and scientific and systemic aspects of cooking, eating and sharing food. We come together in members’ kitchens, in labs, studios and public spaces, keeping the source of our sauces and other culinary delights open for anyone interested in testing out our recipes or joining the Open Sauces Cooking Club.


The mixing of disciplines, of multicultural traditions and playful explorations that make up contemporary food culture can greatly benefit from openness and sharing. Akin to the open source movement in software development, the traditionally secretive world of food and cooking has already begun to benefit from demystifying the source of its ingredients and processes. This is leading to new perspectives on resilient food production. Furthermore, openness can stimulate home-cooks, healthier diets, better science and more inspiring dishes. Sharing knowledge can invigorate food preparation and consumption, as well as undoubtedly evoke other improvements that we can’t yet conceive of. By increasing the accessibility and transparency of food systems we can enhance their resilience, an essential trait in the face of unstable climatological and economic conditions.

- a technical and social food art event -


date: Nov. 22, 2008

concept, realization: FoAM




  • open source & open sauces
  • the sense of taste & the sense of smell
  • food crisis, trading, logistics,
  • future of the food etc.etc...
  • Not to forget: to taste!

photos by: Alex Davies



2008-11-22 18:00 Europe/Brussels
2008-11-22 23:00 Europe/Brussels
Location: FoAM Lab, Koolmijnenkaai 30-34 Quai Des Charbonnages, B-1080 Brussels, Belgium

FoAM and the Guild for Reality Integrators and Generators invite you to a synaesthetic dinner, to jointly sample, celebrate and debate the future of food.

Food is a nutritious and delectable product of our reciprocal, sustaining relationship with the environment. It is also one of the oldest cultural expressions, rooted in hospitality and sharing. As the gastronome Brilliat-Savarin noted three centuries ago, “the discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star.”

Open Sauces will unfold in a sequence of experimental courses, matched with drinks, improvised music and esteemed guests. While savouring the foods, the guests will be engaged in table conversations, sharing experiences, recipes and ingredients needed to demystify cultural, environmental, technical and ethical aspects of contemporary food systems. From molecular gastronomy to fair trade, from permaculture to food-tracking, from open source to open sauces, we will blend seemingly unrelated elements of our food chain. In an era riddled with environmental and cultural anomalies, these transdisciplinary and trans-local connections will become one of the keys to our survival, as individuals, communities and species.

With: Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Kultivator, Sher Doruff, Maja Kuzmanovic, Alok Nandi, Sneha Solanki, Wietske Maas, Matteo Pasquinelli, Kate Rich, Femke Snelting, Andreas Strauss, Maki Ueda, Allison Zinder and other local and trans-local food experts and enthusiasts.

There are limited places for this event so please RSVP if you would like to attend.

The extended menu (in the form of a cookbook) is available online at



Green Peas & Mint Soup

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  • gaseous <---- the perfume dish that I contributed
  • fluid
  • (half)solid


It was my role to give a toast for this course. (The toasts were related to the each course.) My toast:

If you pinch your nose when you eat, you wouldn't taste much flavors. The role of smell is quite crucial in cookery, because 70 % of tasting is said to be smelling. The rest 30 % is saltiness, sweetness, sourness, bitterness, umami, and some texture. The smell or aroma of the food comes in to the nose through the nose holes, but also from the back of the nose by chewing. Good test would be to chew the food with the mouth open. You wouldn't taste much. This transparent liquid in the perfume bottle is distilled green pea & mint soup. The aroma's of the soup is condensed and concentrated in this liquid. In other words, it's the same liquid that you can also find on the lid. Now, what happens if we don't close the pan when making a soup? You might find an answer in this perfume. You can spray it in your mouth.






Food pairing:



A book that covers the whole evening of memorial dinner event Open Sauces is published.



ISBN 978-90-810733-0-1

 download the electronic edition of the "Open Sauces" cookbook in PDF:

  • with full recipe of the evening
  • with full recipe of Edible Perfume Workshop
  • with full recipe of "green peas and mint soup - gaseous, fluid, solid -"
  • it's a MUST have book for those who are interested in molecular gastronomy, food art, and cooking with scents in priority


From the introduction...

This book is designed as a collection of the “toasts” and their accompanying recipes from the Open Sauces dinner. It is a scrapbook – a “common-place book” in the parlance of earlier centuries – and a book of commons. Commons, a term denoting shared public resources, can be traced back to the sharing of provisions, of rationing limited amounts of foodstuffs to feed a whole community. Similarly, Open Sauces offers bite-sized morsels of diverse aspects of contemporary food culture – whether curious information, case studies, or specific techniques – to feed a diverse group of readers. The book also contains the recipes for the complete, seasonal Open Sauces menu, designed for twenty-five people. The recipes list the original amounts; however, as each course was quite small, the quantities cited in the recipes could be used for four to six people if served in a two or three course dinner. In several recipes the amounts are approximate, as this is the preferred method of cooking and sharing recipes at FoAM. The recipes and related texts are available online at in editable form. Improvements, adaptations, comments, questions and suggestions are more then welcome. After all, Open Sauces should stay true to its title.