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Festivals of Japan Series- Season 1

TRAVEL 2017 30 mins Episode(s): 12 english Japanese
This is the first season of the Festivals of Japan Series, which introduces various festivals around Japan. In this 12 episode season, we will explore the festivals themselves, their histories, and the people responsible for preserving, cherishing, and passing on their traditions. From giant sea bream floats, children`s kabuki, portable shrines, and wonderful cherry blossoms, this series will remind viewers of the importance of valuing local traditions and cultures.

Episode List
  1. Daidai Kagura -The Ritual Dance of Iki, the Island of the Gods-
  2. Hachinohe Enburi -The Festival to Beckon Spring-
  3. The Namahage Sedo Festival -Oga Peninsula-  
  4. Hitachi Furyumono -Masterful Art of the Common People-
  5. The Mooka Steam Locomotive, Cherry Blossom, and Rape Blossom Highway
  6. Handa Floats Festival
  7. The Thousand Cherry Blossom Trees of Eboshiyama Park
  8. Hikiyama Children`s Kabuki -Cultured Entertainment for Common Folk-
  9. Daisen Miyuki -Ancient Dynasty Picture Scroll- 
  10. Ofune Festival -Parishioners Who Support the Festivals-
  11. Toyohama Sea Bream Festival -Japan`s Bizarre Festival-
  12. Onyudo -Japan`s Largest Mechanical Doll- 

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    Toriou Festival -Fierce and Fiery Festival Fight-
    2018 30 mins

    The "Toriou Festival" of Saga Prefecture dates back to the mid-to-late 14th century. It is said to have originated from the defeat of warrior Kikuchi Takeshige against Ashikaga. Fleeing to the Osato Region, Takeshige trained to withstand fire, originating this fiery and dangerous festival tradition. As sparks fly everywhere, parishioners...
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    Ossu! Fundoshi Boys
    2013 30 mins

    At Saint Elmo’s High, there were once legendary performances given at the annual school festival, where participants danced while wearing white loincloths known as ‘fundoshi.’ But as time passes, the memory of those performances is fading. An impressionable freshman believes it’s his duty to revive the tradition, and so forms...
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    Over 30
    2009 24 mins

    Aiko is a 36 year old housewife with a son and daughter. One day, she discovers that her husband is having an affair on his supposed business trips to Tokyo. She’s shocked, but spurred to action, so she moves to Tokyo with her children and confronts her husband and his...
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    Shiretoko Peninsula

    2002 New York Festival Awards. Nature and Wildlife Documentary: Silver Medal Into the Sea of Okhotsk, off the northern Japan’s island of Hokkaido, protrudes the Shiretoko Peninsula. The severe nature of the peninsula deters human intrusion and development. With no roads reaching the edge of the peninsula, it seems more...
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