Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Yuki Ibuki.
A heartbroken Yuriko (Hiromi Nagasaku) returns to her parents’ home after deciding to divorce her unfaithful husband. She discovers a “recipe” book left by her mother, Otomi, who had recently passed away.
The handwritten and lovingly illustrated recipes cover everything from cooking, cleaning, to basic housekeeping tips. They are meant to help Yuriko and her father, Ryohei (Renji Ishibashi), prepare for the memorial service on the 49th day after Otomi’s passing – a service that is held according to Buddhist teaching for the family and friends. However it is also a “recipe book of life” – a guide to how to lead a happy life.
With the help from two odd strangers – the young, garishly-dressed Imo (Fumi Nikaido) and a friendly Japanese-Brazilian named Haru (Masaki Okada) – the family slowly begins to rebuild their lives as they learn about the life of Otomi and prepare for the great party on the 49th day, just as Otomi wished.
For her performances in several films in 2013 including "Mourning Recipe", actress Fumi Nikaido received the 56th Blue Ribbon and the 35th Yokohama Film Festival awards for Best Supporting Actress.