Added to inquiry!
DOCUMENTARY

Rikuzentakata City: 10 Years in the Rebuilding of a Town from Zero
2021 49 mins

The city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture had a two kilometer stretch of shoreline covered with 70,000 pine trees that was ranked among the top 100 landscapes of Japan. On March 11, 2011, the city and shoreline were obliterated by the infamous tsunami which struck that day. This documentary follows the people of Rikuzentakata for ...
more details

Chimugurisa ~Nanohana’s Okinawa Diary ~
2018

Grand Prize at The Age of Regionalism Video Festival 2018 News program award winner at The Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association 2018 Nanohana Sakamoto, a 15-year-old girl born and raised in northern Japan, came to the island of Okinawa to attend a free school, Sangosya Score. Through her interactions with elderly residents in the night course, ...
more details

A New Normal, A New Way ~What happens when a theatrical team tries to revive a hot springs inn?~
2020 24 mins

A president of an IT company has purchased a Japanese hot springs inn that went bankrupt in January 2020. Unfortunately, its reopening has been postponed because of the covid-19 pandemic. In addition, the new owner has also struggled to conceptualize a key feature to promote the inn. Eventually, he recruits the creative talents of the ...
more details

At the Top of the Sky ~The Yarigatake Hut’s 100 Years Story ~
2019 104 min

In April 2017, Daisuke - the 4th generation successor to the “Yarigatake Sanso” mountain hut located on one of the most renown mountains of the Japanese Alps, made the decision to quit his job at a major mobile phone company to become the successor. From an early age, he had been brought to Yarigatake by ...
more details

Hagi Ware
2019 4 minutes

Hagi Ware was created at the end of the 16th century as a gift for the Emperor of Japan. Along with the Raku Ware and Karatsu Ware, it is one of the big three traditional earthenware products produced in Japan. Recently, the process of creating Hagi Ware has taken on a new meaning for some ...
more details

Trap Master Kunio Katagiri and His Secrets to the Finest Gibier
2018

Kunio Katagiri is a master trapper and legendary owner-chef of a gibier (wild game) restaurant for 45 years. Katagiri, who hunts all of his game meats by himself, never uses a gun. Instead, he uses homemade traps of his own design to capture wild deer and wild boar alive, risking severe injury to wrestle down ...
more details

ASEAN DREAM PROJECT 2019
2019 55 mins

Thailand and Malaysia, two countries which have never participated in the Soccer World Cup, are showing their newfound excitement. It has been predicted that the number of Asian players in the Soccer World Cup will increase from 4.5 to 8.5 in the future. In order to find and nurture the next generation of talented Asian ...
more details

Happiest Meal on the Mountains
2016 30 mins

This program takes a look at the famous anti-aging village in Nagano Prefecture, called Takayama. With it`s rich scenery and the villagers` methods of coexisting with nature, it has been recognized as one of the Biosphere Reserves (Eco Park) by UNESCO. This documentary follows the ordinary lives of its residents, and reveals the secrets behind ...
more details

Tracking the Snipe God -Two Stories of the Latham`s Snipe-
2017 55 mins

“Ojishigi” is a small bird that travels between Hokkaido and Australia. Through many years of study, it was discovered that they mate in Hokkaido during summer in the northern hemisphere and travel all the way to Australia to spend the summer in the southern hemisphere. But their migratory route remained a mystery. With the development ...
more details

The History of ARITA Ware
15 minutes

The first porcelain in Japan was made in Arita-cho 400 years ago. The porcelain was named “Aritayaki”. In the late 17th century Arita ware was exported to Europe, and its technicality and beauty were appreciated. The process goes through different phases such as molding the clay and coloring it. the final step is to burn it in high temperature. The way the Arita ware has been created has not changed during the last 400years. Enjoy the history and crafts man technique in high definition.

Enjoy this program in 4K and 8K.

--> The first porcelain in Japan was made in Arita-cho 400 years ago. The porcelain was named "Aritayaki". In the late 17th century Arita ware was exported to Europe, and its technicality and beauty were appreciated. The process goes through different phases such as molding the clay and coloring it. the final step is to burn ...
more details

BRAVE Mr. Tornado -Meteorology’s Savior of Aviation-
2016 49min

"Brave" documents the lives of people who had the courage to change the world. Japanese meteorologist Tetsuya "Ted" Fujita a.k.a. "Mr. Tornado," was instrumental in greatly reducing airplane disasters throughout the world. During the 1970s, aircraft were crashing down from the skies at an alarming rate. Fujita attributed the crashes to a phenomenon he called ...
more details

Valens’s Return Home – A Rwandan Genocide Offender, 22 Years On
2017 49min

In 1994, the conflict between the Tutsi and Hutu lead to the Rwandan genocide where more than 800,000 people were killed. Now in Rwanda, a country with no capital punishment, offenders that were involved in the genocide have been released one after another after their sentences. Can they coexist with society? Their number has reached ...
more details

Discover Toyonokuni
2016 15 minutes

"Toyono Kuni" is how the people refer to Oita prefecture in Kyushu. Oita is known for its various food, nature, history, culture and its numerous hot springs. Take a trip through Oita through the lens of our 4K cameras and feel the beauty and rich culture of this region.
more details

Okinoshima
2017 50 minutes

Okinoshima is an island that is not only considered a national treasure, but also a world heritage as well, due to its beauty and history behind it. This documentary expresses the beauty of the nature on the island, the treasures found there, and also follow the lives of the many people close to this island.
more details

ISANA ~Taiji Town in Turmoil~
2016 46 minutes

‘Isana’ is a centuries-old word, meaning whale. The camera follows the ‘Isana Fishery Union’, a fishing group in a small town called 'Taiji', that is being fought against by activists who want them to stop what they are doing. Follow along with this dramatic and moving documentary, and find the answers to these problems.
more details

Aritayaki
2017 25 minutes

‘Aritayaki’ originates from pottery brought back and baked by Toyotomi Hideyoshi from Korea in 1616. This specific style of pottery has been passed down through many generations for over 400 years. This documentary shows the beauty of ‘Aritayaki’ and the history behind it.
more details

World Cruise
2015 25 minutes

There are many beautiful seas out in the world, and this series will take you along to many locations, such as the Mediterranean Sea, Aegean Sea, Caribbean Sea, and many more, all in HD quality. Journey along as we take a cruise to some of the world’s most wonderful off-land locations.
more details

Deep Planet
2016 30 minutes

This series with embark on a journey around many locations in the world, exploring and discovering the history, culture, nature, and many more aspects of certain locations. Join us while we visit places such as Hawaii, Spain, New York, Vietnam, New Zealand, and many more places.
more details

Zuiganji (2016)
2016 48 minutes

Majestic Zuigan-ji Temple in northeast Japan is a national cultural treasure. Completed 400 years ago by the feudal lord of the region, Date Masamune, it’s famous as a lavish and glorious example of the culture of the Azuchi-Momoyama period. The main hall is decorated with beautiful period-style art created by painters and master craftsmen summoned ...
more details

Spirits of Spirit
2016 27 minutes

Do you like traveling around the world, seeking interesting drinks? Our documentary ‘Spirits of Spirit’ introduces the opening of a brand-new whisky distillery in Japan, owned by Hombo Shuzo. Their new whisky distillery stands alongside their old shochu distillery in Tsunuki.
more details

Tasha Tudor
2017 105 minutes

Tasha Tudor is one of America’s best author-illustrators (of children’s literature). This documentary film hands down a humorous lifestyle, which is full with flowers and animals and heart-warming words to the future. ‘A mother of sow living provides you a key to fully enjoy your life.
more details

An Eden for Two
2016 87 minutes

After World War 2, Japan experienced an economic boom and became a wealthy society. One couple fought against the materialism, choosing otherwise to live deep in the mountains without electricity, a telephone, or plumbing. This program shows how these two lived their lives in the mountains.
more details

• It’s Wonderful to be Human! • Chimpanzees Disclose the Secrets of Evolution
2017 48 minutes

‘Ayumu’, a chimpanzee from the Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University who has learned words and numbers, is able to memorize a large set of numbers in an instant and correctly choose them in ascending order. People young and old challenge this test, but no one is as good as Ayumu. What could this wonderful ...
more details

Amami – The Forest and The Sea
2016 28 mins

Amami Oshima Island is situated south of the main Kagoshima Prefecture area. It's in the middle of the Amami Island chain (eight island chain). The sea surrounding the island has clear, deep-blue waters. The brightly-colored coral reefs and tropical fish make for a fantastic diving site. The northern part of the island is a popular ...
more details

Dad’s War
2016 47min

“Warship-Musashi” is a nonfiction novel that was written based on many testimonies from those involved in the construction as well as those who survived the sinking Musashi. One of the witnesses is Haruo Nomura. He is my dad. We knew very little about him. Born in 1921, he graduated from the Naval Academy and boarded ...
more details

Yukuza and Constitution
2016 96 mins

Since the enactment of the Anti-Boryokudan Act and Yakuza exclusion ordinances, the number of Yakuza members has reduced to less than 60,000. In the past 3 years, about 20,000 members have left Yakuza organizations. However, the numbers alone does not explain the reality. What are they thinking? How are they living now? Our camera follows ...
more details

Melting Switzerland ~Saving the Swiss Glaciers~
2016 49 mins

The program is themed on “Glaciers × Science × Adventure.” We follow the latest research on global warming, as well as technologies utilizing “light” that have the potential of opening up the future of the planet. Switzerland attracts a lot of tourists every year, with its economy largely tourism-dependent. However, the situation is on the ...
more details

The Fall of Manchuria Began Here
2016 49 mins

For 70 years, three enormous Soviet Army bases remained "undiscovered" on the plains of Mongolia. The discovery of these bases support Stalin's intent to invade Japan and completely overturn previously believed Japanese Army conceptions of the Soviets' logistical capabilities. The bases were large enough to fit the entirety of modern-day Tokyo's city loop train line ...
more details

Behind “The Cove”
2015 52 min & 105 min

In 2010, THE COVE, a documentary about dolphin hunting in Taiji, Japan, won an Academy Award. The movie certainly brought attention to the whaling issue as a whole. But was the documentary entirely truthful? Did it portray both sides of the story correctly? Or was it a well-crafted story using sensationalised techniques - including hidden ...
more details

Finding 1984
2014 50 mins

"Nineteen Eighty-Four" is a masterpiece among science fiction novels that keeps influencing the world, including Haruki Murakami and Michael Moore, and significantly influences films, music, literature fine arts, and more. In 2014, 30 years after 1984, this documentary explores the subject matter as it relates to today's world and how proliferating technologies escalate the 'monitoring ...
more details

The Tragedy of the Mt. Ontake Eruption ~Living on an Island of Volcanoes ~
2015 49 mins

Midday September 27, 2014, some 250 people at the summit of Mt. Ontake were caught completely unaware by a sudden and violent explosive eruption that sent volcanic rocks and ash raining down on them. Sixty-three people died or went missing that day in the single greatest volcanic disaster in postwar Japanese history. Was it an act ...
more details

The Onagawa Protect the Lives Association ~ A message for the next millennium
2016 25 mins

When the Great East Japan Earthquake struck, waves as high as 14.8 meters ravaged Onagawa Town.  827 lives, nearly 10 percent of the population, were lost and 70 percent of the town buildings were destroyed. However, with reconstruction, memories of the earthquake are slowly fading.  The seventh graders of Onagawa Middle School decided to do ...
more details

Cherkaoui: Saving The World with Dance / The 41-Day Struggle
57 mins

Choreographer and dancer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is making an impact in the world of theater and dance with his original and innovative choreography and stage direction, becoming an artist whose talent is probably most coveted today. Cherkaoui will take on the challenge of an original stage production which he will be choreographing, and dancing himself ...
more details

Spin to Win: World Tournament
2015 30mins

This is the sequel to ‘Spin to Win: Japanese manufacturers spinning their way to the top’. The national “Koma Taisen – Japanese spintop tournament” which was began by workers at small manufacturing factories had gained popularity, and in its 3rd year in February 2015, a worldwide “Koma Taisen spintop tournament” was held. In this tournament, ...
more details

Railway Story: Travelling through the Revival of Tohoku
2014 50 mins

Do you think the whole area of Tohoku is still a stricken region after the catastrophic tsunami, and still a forbidden place due to the nuclear plant disaster? The answer is slightly “yes”…but mostly “no”! Although there are many problems to be faced, people of Tohoku are continuing their efforts to revive their beautiful land. ...
more details

Secrets of Kyoto Unveiled
2012 25 mins

Kyoto was the capital of Japan for 1100 years. Because of this, it is said to be the birthplace of Japanese tradition and culture. For both Japanese and foreign visitors, Kyoto holds a special allure. Although there are already dozens of magazines and TV programs introducing this ancient city, "Secrets of Kyoto Unveiled" will give ...
more details

Unmentionable Heroes -40 Years After the Vietnam War, the Truth is Revealed-
2015 47 mins

It’s been 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War, which was said to be the worse case of the quagmire of a war in the 20th century. Now, surprising facts are revealed. The footage of a tank crashing into the office of South Vietnam President was delivered all over the world to symbolize ...
more details

Just an Ordinary Family: 22 years of a married couple with disabilities
2014

ABU Prizes 2015 TV Winner for Documentary Coverage that follows a severely disabled married couple from their marriage, giving birth, and raising their children, for 22 years. Both Mr. and Mrs. Akimoto have cerebral palsy. They got married in 1992 as they sought independence from their parents. Before long, the couple had two children. Child ...
more details

Field Mustard In the Sky ~Cycle of life in unique nature~
2012 48 mins

Tibetan Plateau is located in Qing Hai, an inland province in China. Beyond the altitude of 4000 meters, there is a vast land covered by field mustard. The area is so large that the distance from the northern edge to the southern edge is 40 kilometers long, and the distance from the western edge from ...
more details

The Message of the Ice Island: From the Frontlines of Global Warming, Greenland
2013 47 mins

In recent years, the thick ice on the world‘s largest island, Greenland, has been decreasing at tremendous speed and scale. The impact of global warming is suspected to be the cause. The Arctic is a region where the effects of climate change is most noticeable on the planet. The crew of HTB Hokkaido Television broadcasting ...
more details

Patagonia
2015 55 mins

The sea is waiting to attack us. In the human working world, greenhouse gases emissions are increasing the average global temperature, causing the sea level to rise, thus threatening the land. When it comes to our future and global warming, time is running out. The most vulnerable to global warming, are “glaciers”. Last year, a ...
more details

Daring Attempt of Oystermen to Overcome Earthquake Adversity
2014 24mins

The oystermen on the Sanriku Coast of Japan suffered great losses in the tsunami wrought by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. A good 90% of the oyster cultivation facilities in Miyagi Prefecture, nearly 12,000 of them, were lost. This programme tells of men who are attempting to bounce back from this adversity through a new venture. The ...
more details

New Life Blossoms in an Old Village: Seven Years of Struggle and Hope
2013

The aging of Japan's population is steadily hollowing out the country's agriculture. Realizing the gravity of the situation, a struggling farming community in Ishikawa Prefecture called Sugaike began trying to attract young residents. Hiroyuki Yago is one of the people who came. He moved from Osaka to Sugaike in order to grow organic vegetables, but ...
more details

Memory of the World: Message from Sakubei Yamamoto ~A miner-painter’s link to the future~
2013 48 mins

At the age of seven, Sakubei Yamamoto entered a coal mine with his parents, and continued working at the Chikuho mines in Fukuoka Prefecture for the next 50 years. The mines were pitch black and humid, and the risk of collapse or flooding was never far behind the miners. After retiring, Sakubei found work as ...
more details

Zuiganji Temple, a National Treasure
2011 47 mins

Zuiganji Temple, a national treasure established by local lord Masamune Date, marked its 400th anniversary in 2009. Masamune was 37 when he began its construction. Masamune was so passionate about erecting the temple that he staked out the building site himself, and specially ordered lumber from the Kishu district. As we examined its history, some ...
more details

A Veterinarian’s Struggle in the Wetlands
2011 60 mins

Steller’s Sea Eagles in the far East are the largest migratory birds in the world. Every year, they travel from Sakhalin to Hokkaido to pass the winter. However, many of these birds face cruelty, even death, when confronted with different obstacles, such as wind turbines that spin at 300km/hour or electric polls that shock the ...
more details

The World Heritage Shirakawago
2003 55 mins

Tourists from all over the world visit Shirakawago, which was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. The ancient dwelling places remain in Shirakawago despite the heavy snowfall, and people still live in the houses today. The program focuses on the beautiful four seasons of Shirakawago and the villagers' daily life.
more details

Tales of Hokkaido Heritage
2002 46 mins

The “Hokkaido Heritage” designation is given to tangible cultural properties and intangible assets selected by Hokkaido citizens as heritages that should be passed on to succeeding generations. This program focuses on 13 heritages, filmed over the course of a year. Rather than giving the same focus to each heritage, we consider how well each one ...
more details

Violated Sanctuary
2004 46 mins

Global Environment Film Festival Award. Listed in the World Conservation Union’s International Red Data Book, Steller’s Sea Eagles are protected by the Japan-Russia Migratory Bird Act. Although Steller’s Sea Eagles are also designated as a special natural treasure of Japan, they are now on the brink of extinction. The eagles’ breeding grounds are being destroyed ...
more details

Shiretoko Peninsula
2002

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 like a small island floating ...
more details

Shiretoko Peninsula’s Kingdom of Brown Bears
2003

“Era of Local” TV Festival 2010 Grand Prize. Shiretoko Peninsula, Japan’s final frontier, is the last kingdom of brown bears where their life in the wild can be observed. Surrounded by the ocean, the Shiretoko Peninsula is densely inhabited by brown bears, which is proof that Shiretoko is blessed with abundant nature that can support ...
more details

Shiretoko’s Ice Floes
30 min

Perhaps it is the ice floes that have protected the natural environment of Shiretoko, Japan’s last frontier. This program features drift ice, mid-winter’s white wanderer that brings bounties to Hokkaido’s seas. Exploring beneath the ice, the mysterious lives of winter’s rare sea creatures have been captured here.  
more details

Ms. Chii’s Little Band: Bringing Songs and Smiles to the Children of Cambodia
2012

2013 New York Festivals Silver Award. In this program, a female teacher from Hokkaido travels to Cambodia alone to teach music at the country’s largest elementary school in Siem Reap. She reveals the struggles she encounters in her efforts to help her students. Chigusa Tanaka (33) is a volunteer for JICA’s Overseas Cooperation program, and ...
more details

Message from the Disappearing Drift Ice
2010 48 mins

Nominee of New Documentary Category in News Competitions at Monte-Carlo TV Festival 2011. Drift ice is a valuable natural phenomenon that arrives annually off Hokkaido's east coast. It delivers nutrients that create a rich ecosystem in the Sea of Okhotsk, and attracts many tourists to the region. However, global warming has caused drastic decreases in ...
more details

Love Letter to Japan: Those loved by Fosco
2004 52 min

Semi-Finalist at International Emmy Awards. Fosco Maraini, a cultural anthropologist, photographer, and world-class alpinist, first visited Japan in 1948. Despite the bitter experience of forced confinement in a war relocation camp, he revisited Japan after the war, hoping to discover the real Japan. Why did he love Japan? What part of the Japanese way of ...
more details

Laugh It Away and Say Goodbye
2010

Winner of Best News Documentary at Monte-Carlo TV Festival 2011 Grand Prize at The Age of Regionalism Video Festival 2011 Grand Prize at “Era of Local” TV Festival 2010 Small and medium-sized businesses are the back bones of Japan that support the economy from the bottom-up. However, as work decreased sharply after the Lehman Shock, ...
more details

Into the Wasteland: A year in the disaster zone through the eyes of a Korean journalist
2012 53 mins

In this program, a Korean journalist reveals the immediate aftermath of the earthquake and the year following the disaster. He wants to know how the disaster area is being shown, and whether the South Korean media coverage is revealing the truth behind the recovery. Sung Yean Hwang (43), a journalist from South Korea, travelled to ...
more details

Tsunami Disaster: Heartache and Hope Through the Viewfinder – 49 Days of Life and Death –
2011

2012 New York Festivals United Nations DPI Bronze Award. On March 11th, 2011, the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake of magnitude 9.0 leveled northeastern Japan. Kesennuma City of Miyagi Prefecture was torn apart. The subsequent tsunami and fires that broke out from fuel leakage lead to 1,500 people dead or missing from this town. Shinichi Chiba, a ...
more details

A Journey on the Equator
2011 84 mins

In this large-scale travel documentary, Japanese popular actor Masahiko Nishimura reports on travel of countries on the equator for 3 years. Nishimura uses the equatorial line, 40,000km long, as a guidepost for his travels. Over 3 years time, he travels a total distance of over 120,000km--which is essentially the distance of traveling around the world ...
more details

Golden Field in China
2009

Sichuan TV Festival Golden Panda Award. China has achieved remarkable development. One driving force behind its growing prosperity is a Japanese man who devoted his life to passing on his rice farming expertise bringing about an agricultural revolution in China. That man is Shoichi Hara, an agricultural engineer from Hokkaido. In 1982, at the age ...
more details

Everlasting Guitars
2010 60 mins

Naoto Odajima, a young craftsman who builds jazz guitars using Hokkaido wood, mastered his guitar-making skills in the US. He chose one of the coldest places in Hokkaido to build his workshop. Odajima was drawn to wood from Hokkaido trees, especially to trees that were given little value and considered poor quality. This program captures ...
more details

ENGAWA 1 & 2
2010

Grand Prize at NAB Awards 2010. Japan has a large population that is aging rapidly. A Japanese woman's average life span is 86 years old, which has been at the top of the world recordd for 25 years. This documentary shows the life of four sisters whose average age is 90 years old. All of ...
more details

Costume Play Family Photograph
2009

Grand Prize at NAB Awards 2009 / Local TV Festival 2009. The rapid economic growth in Japan during the last century has taken its toll on the health of family life. This documentary focuses on the "modern family image" in Japanese society, where family ties are becoming thin. Masashi Asada (29) is a popular photographer ...
more details

Bonds Born Through Football
2012 30 mins

Vegalta Sendai makes its home in Sendai, a city known for its greenery. In the sub-divisions of this club, there are 2 young coaches who coach children in hopes of cultivating them into professional football players. These 2 coaches are Coach Kazunori Inoue and Coach Naoto Fukuda of the Sendai Vegalta Player Development Division. In ...
more details

Blowin’ in the Wind
2009 24 mins

A TV camera has been brought into a deep-sea tuna fishing boat for the first time in 30 years to film its 150-day activities. This program focuses on a young man who became a fisherman after being laid off by a leading automaker. Against a backdrop of economic depression and employment uncertainty, the meaning of ...
more details

A Kaleidoscope in the Evening Sky
2007 60 mins

Fireworks exhibitions are held frequently throughout the year in Japan. Mid-winter exhibitions are not rare. This program captures the enchantment of fireworks, including its history and culture, while interweaving a human documentary on a master pryotechnician. This program also visits Florence, Italy, the birthplace of fireworks, and searches for its historical depth in this world ...
more details

Village Kabuki Passed on by a Mentor
2012 30 mins

Kabuki became a part of Ina village culture in Nagano when it was first performed by travelers in 18th century Edo era. It became known locally as Nakao Kabuki, but was lost with the onset of war. Thanks to village youths and their elder mentor, the tradition was revived, and is now being preserved through ...
more details

Pyrotechnicians: Laying All on the Line for a Flash of Light
2012 30 mins

Yamazaki is a pyrotechnician who has won numerous accolades for his fireworks skills. All his time and effort goes into creating a flash in the sky that lasts just an instant. We introduce his intricate designs at the Tsuchiura All-Japan Fireworks Competition, one of the three biggest in Japan.
more details

Oni-kenbai: Prayer in Motion
2012 30 mins

The Oni-kenbai demon sword dance has been passed down from fathers to sons to grandchildren, with no additions or amendments for generations. Not simply a dance to pray for happiness, it's to ensure the spirits of ancestors of both dancers and viewers are kept alive, while driving away evil. This is the demons' gift they ...
more details

Marugame Fans: A Proud Tradition Faces New Challenges
2012 30 mins

Marugame produces 90% of Japan's total number of fans. Now plastic frames are favoured over bamboo, as today's industry moves to low-cost mass-production. See how Marugame's treasured fan industry is taking on the challenge of creating modern fans which hold value as functional design, as well as retaining traditional skills to pass on to successors.
more details

Food and Folkways in the City of Fish
2012 30 mins

Choshi is a long-established fishing town. By using catch not normally sold at market, such as shark meat for fish paste and ground fish cakes, and preserved seaweed, Choshi has established a rich cuisine all of its own, which has sustained the community for many years.
more details

Dreams in the North: Ban’ei Horse Racing
2012 30 mins

Ban'ei is a one-of-a-kind horse race run in Obihiro, Hokkaido. Powerful horses pull sleds made of iron over sand embankments as they race to the finish line. The equine culture of Hokkaido tells the history of its pioneering era, and Ban'ei carries that proud tradition onwards today in the hearts of the people entranced by ...
more details

Believe in a Brighter Future: Nature’s Recovery after the Quake
2013 47 mins

The Great East Japan Earthquake devastated the nature along the Miyagi Prefecture coastline. Will the rich ecosystems that once existed in the bays and estuaries ever return to their original state? A volunteer group is working hard to restore the tsunami-ravaged Gamo Tidal Flat, a wetland region which was once home to a treasure trove ...
more details

A fish out of Seawater: Magic Water Changing the Future
2013 54 mins

Sea-dwelling fish swim in salt water, while others swim in fresh water. But there’s now an amazing ‘magic’ water that turns this idea on its head. Developed by Prof. Toshimasa Yamamoto of Okayama University of Science in 2006, it’s known as ‘the third water.’ It allows salt and fresh water fish to live in the ...
more details

732 days: The lives of 3 orphans post-earthquake
2013 24 mins

732 Days is a heart-wrenching account of the lives of Shohei, Naoki and Yuuki, three siblings who lost both parents and their grandfather in the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami disaster. Shohei, a university student, is determined to become the legal guardian of his younger brother and sister, and all three begin to rebuild ...
more details