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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 ...
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Exploring Good Sake
2018 3 minutes

“There is good sake in Miyagi.” In this program, we journey to different wineries and breweries to introduce everything about the sake made in Miyagi. The program covers the popular brands, seasonal tastes, as well as how best to drink sake. Additionally, we introduce the best appetizers recommended by the brewers themselves, which you can ...
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Idle Sky Journeys
2018 3 minutes 30 seconds

This short series features drone footage of castles and natural landscapes in Miyagi, while also providing local stories and facts about the scenery. We cover everything from footage of oceans, mountains, and man-made architectural masterpieces, in the attempt to introduce all of Miyagi’s charms!
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The Second Bridge of Shinminato Uchikawa- Imizu, Toyama Prefecture
2019 30 minutes

Stephen, originally from Hawaii, was entraced by the charms of Uchikawa and moved there from Tokyo to open his bar, the "BRDIGE・BAR". We follow Stephen's story as he attempts to become the second bridge that connects the Uchikawa community to the rest of the world! Part of "Beauty of Japan- Season 2"!
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The Real Last Samurai: Katori Shinto-ryu
2019 30 mins

The "Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto-ryu" is the oldest martial arts style that exists in Japan. Not only is it extremely popular within Japan, but it also has 30 branches across the globe. In Narita City in Chiba Prefecture, there is a dojo (training hall) where many foreign residents gather to train. What attracted them to ...
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Rene’s Swimming Gems: the Nishiki Koi- Nagaoka, Niigata
2019 30 mins

The Nishiki Koi boasts a beauty that earns it it's nickname, "the Swimming Gem". In Nagaoka City in Niigata, many of the koi fish bred there are sold to Western and Asian countries and attracts the attention of Japanese koi fish lovers from all over the world. Rene is an American who has been trading ...
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The Eyes that Survey an Ever-Changing City- Shibuya, Tokyo
2019 30 mins

When asked where they would like to visit in Japan, the most popular answer that foreign tourists give is “Shibuya”. Yet with major developments planned, the site is about to change drastically. We shift our view to observe “Shibuya” from the perspective of foreigners and tourists in order to see how they view this ever-changing ...
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Enchanted by the San’in- Daisen, Tottori Prefecture
2019 30 mins

San’in, considered to be a mythical home of Gods, is a sacred place where the natural landscapes of Japan prevail. Richard Pierce was enthralled by its charms and has been organizing tours and acting as a guide. In 2017, he even cooperated with the locals to open a Japanese-style guest house there. We follow Richard ...
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Charmed by the Kindness of the Community – Izumo, Shimane Prefecture
2019 30 mins

Michelle married a Japanese man and moved to a beautiful nature-filled mountain village in Izumo, Shimane Prefecture. She believes that the true “beauty of Japan” lies in the kindness displayed by the people of her local community. We follow Michelle’s life within the village as she teaches children how to speak English and cherishes the ...
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Rice Pasta that Makes the World Smile- Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture
2019 30 mins

Claudia was born in Florence, Italy, and currently runs a restaurant called “Pasta Sorriso” with her husband in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture. In Italian, sorriso means “smile” and riso means “rice”. So “Pasta Sorriso” can be interpreted to mean “Rice Pasta that Makes the World Smile”. We take a look at how the rice from Himeji ...
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Our Lives as Immigrants- Iiyama, Nagano Prefecture
2019 30 mins

An American and English couple have lived in Iiyama City for 3 years. They earn their living through teaching English at schools within the vicinity, but wish to become farmers instead. Their excitement expands as they map out their future lives growing safe and healthy vegetables and having a goat in the garden. But their ...
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Wonderful Dreams in a Monochrome World- Toyama Prefecture
2018 30 mins

Jack Lee Randall is a shadow artist from the United States. He made the fateful decision to settle down in Toyama Prefecture after visiting it on one of his shows. His shadow performances evoke a sense of nostalgia in his spectators, and are full of curiosity and awe for the Japanese traditions and cultures that ...
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Yoga in Nature ~The Ultimate Healing Experience~ – Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture
2018 30 mins

Barry Grossman, originally from the United States, has lived in Japan for 27 years. He is a professor at the University of Hachinohe, and is also a yoga instructor. What is the ultimate relaxation experience that Barry talks about? Through following him on his yoga expeditions, we uncover the natural beauty of Hachinohe, as well ...
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The Reason I Work Here- Shinagawa, Tokyo
2018 30 mins

Yugo Matsumoto is an Englishman who owns a popular café in Shinagawa District, Tokyo, where customers of all age groups stop by to spend their time. What are the reasons behind the café’s popularity? In this episode, we observe Japan through the eyes of an Englishman and attempt to introduce the charms of Shinagawa. Part ...
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The Iki Sea that Enchanted a Hawaiian Man- Iki, Nagasaki Prefecture
2018 30 mins

There are more than 30 beaches on the Iki Islands in Nagasaki Prefecture. Matthew, who was born in the United States, claims that its beaches are just as beautiful as those in Hawaii. His job is to assist foreign artists and visitors on the island, and he promotes the various wonders Iki has to offer. ...
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TASTE JAPAN
2019 30 mins

Figaro, a popular Taiwanese actor, visits Aomori Prefecture and encounters the many delicious food products the Prefecture has to offer. On the way, he will draw inspiration from the local cuisine he tastes to create an original recipe of his own. Throughout his trip, Figaro additionally finds himself continually touched by the heartfelt diligence of ...
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PEACE NIPPON
2018 111 minutes

There are moments of breathtaking beauty that can only be seen once in a lifetime. Providing footage from 47 Prefectures (over 200 locations) in Japan and filmed over a span of 8 years, this film captures such moments in 4K. With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics just around the corner, Japan has been attracting attention from ...
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Beauty of Japan Series- Season 2
2018 30 mins

There are 2.5 million people from all over the world currently living in Japan. How did they end up there? What drew them to come to Japan in the first place? Or more importantly, what made them want to stay? In this series, we take a look at various non-Japanese residents living in different prefectures ...
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A young girl Wisteria dance- Arakawa ward, Tokyo
30 mins

"Wisteria Maiden" is one of the most popular dance pieces in traditional Japanese dance (nihon buyo). Performing on the stage is 8 year-old Nona, who has a French father and a Japanese mother. She takes lessons at the Fujikawa style dance school headquarters in Minami Senju, Arakawa ward in Tokyo. Her mother is a much ...
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Spellbinding Yotaka Festival- Tonami City, Toyama Prefecture
30 mins

Tonami City`s Yotaka Festival is said to bring good harvests. Its showstopping parade consists of 6-meter-tall red decorative paper lanterns, and its highlight is the great paper lantern fight. Fighting bravely but gracefully, it showcases the very moment in which the lanterns look the most beautiful. Nicholas, a French man living in this region, was ...
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A French man striving to enrich a village with forestry- Totsugawa, Nara Prefecture
30 mins

Totsugawa in Nara Prefecture is the largest village in Japan. Jolan settled in this village from France after he fell in love with its serenity and beauty. Using his expertise in European forestry, he works to revitalise the Japanese forests as well as the local community. This documentary follows his efforts to enrich the forests ...
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Professor in a Spiritual City- Ise City, Mie Prefecture
30 mins

The Kogakkan University, located in the holy city of Ise, offers programmes which teach students Japanese traditions and history based on Shintoism. This is where Christopher, an American Professor, gives his lectures. What are the main points he wants to teach pupils studying in this holy city? This documentary shows his day-to-day challenges, while also ...
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Angel, Living in a Loyal Dog`s Home- Odate, Akita Prefecture
30 mins

The Akita dog breed is known for its cuteness, dignity, and for its loyalty to its owner (as described in the famous story of "Hatchiko"). Angel, an Israeli living in Odate City, became a breeder after he was charmed by the Akita breed. Through his work, the camera introduces the charms of Akita dogs and ...
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Ogaki Festival seen through the viewfinder of Irene- Ogaki, Gifu Prefecture
30 mins

The Ogaki Festival is held in the samurai town of Ogaki and has a long history that dates back to the Edo period. Thirteen floats are paraded across town during the festival, and are considered moving pieces of art. Decorated with miniscule carvings, gorgeous embroidered banners, silver, and mother-of-pearl inlays, they truly are a marvelous ...
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The City where German Pottery Lives- Miyazaki Prefecture
30 mins

The pottery workshop "Bjorn" in Aoshima Island, Miyazaki City (Miyazaki Prefecture), is where the German potter, Bjorn, works everyday on his creations. He first came to Japan when he was 19 years-old, just to travel around the country. Since then, 30 years have passed since he began living in Miyazaki. This documentary depicts his love ...
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Oshima and Jacques the Baker- Niihama, Ehime Prefecture
30 mins

Oshima is a small island on the Seto Inland Sea with a populaton of just 250 people. Swiss native, Jacques moved to the peaceful island with his wife Etsuko. He runs a small bakery and a farm on this remote island, enjoying a peaceful and productive life surrounded by nature. In this episode, we take ...
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Tokoname Pottery, hoping to re-establish a long lost relationship- Tokoname City, Aichi Prefecture
30 mins

Tokoname pottery is one of Japan`s six oldest stonewares. Chang from Shanghai settled in Tokoname after he was captivated by the beauty of Tokoname teapots. Now he runs a shop for Chinese tourists and he visits China for various exhibitions to promote the pottery. This documentary tells the history of Tokoname pottery originally from China, ...
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Shakuhachi Flute and Texas- Okayama Prefecture
30 mins

Jennifer is a Japanese flute (shakuhachi) master who originally comes from Texas. She says the beauty of the instrument lies in its ability to express nature. Birds singing and the sound of waves can all be expressed through Jennifer`s shakuhachi. She mastered the ability to play the instrument while working as a farmer and being ...
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The life in Kita-Shinano -Suzaka, Nagano Prefecture-
30 mins

Kita-Shinano district in Nagano Prefecture is famous for its beautiful nature and four seasons. The district is home to many non-Japanese residents from all over the world. This documentary follows the lives of such foreign residents and details what they believe is the true beauty of Japan. Get ready to fall in love with the ...
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Japanese sweets (Wagashi)- Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture
30 mins

"Each moment, once in a life time." Charlotte became a Wagashi Japanese sweets maker after she was struck by the "work of art" she saw on display at Japan Week in France. Through living in Japan, she has discovered how closely Japanese sweets are interlaced into people`s lives. For her, the beauty of Wagashi sweets ...
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Artisans of Japan Series
2015 30 mins

This 12 episode series is a part of the "Of Japan Series" which introduces various cultural aspects from different prefectures in Japan. The "Artisans of Japan Series" focuses on  craft masters that live within Japan, their individual crafts, and also their hopes and dreams for the future. From heartwarming dolls, paintings, sugar sculptures, Japanese Katana, ...
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Shikekinu -Silk weaving from two types of silkworms-
2015

In the city of Nanto, Toyama Prefecture,  textile production has been an essential part of its history since the Sengoku Period. Within this city, there is a factory called Matsui Weaving Industry, which specializes in the production of Shikekinu Silk. Shikekinu Silk is a textile that only uses rare silk threads coming from a cocoon ...
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Father and Son -Buddhist Statue Carving-
2015 30 mins

The Buddhist statue carvings of Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture, are elaborately decorative and have been passed down for many generations. The Eba Buddha Wooden Sculpture Studio is a studio that practices this crafting tradition, and is owned by a father and son sculpting duo. Under the same roof, father Rinzou Eba, and son, Rinkan Eba, study ...
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The Swordsmith -Kunimasa Matsuba to the new frontier-
2015 30 mins

Kunimasa Matsuba is a Japanese swordsmith who has received the prestigious excellence award ten times at the exhibition of newly made swords in Japan. His strong, muscular body has undergone years of training in the smothering heat, and enables him to create beautiful swords that  gleam brightly whenever the light hits them. We follow Matsuba`s  ...
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Traditional Paper “Senkashi” -The 400-year-old custom-
2015 30 mins

The "Senkashi" washi paper is one of Japan`s Intangible Cultural Treasures. Dating back to the Edo Period, it`s technique has been passed down for over 400 years. We take a look at Takashi Kikuchi, who is a washi maker specializing in this unique and historically rich sheet of paper. In this episode, we will focus ...
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Amezaiku (sugar sculpture) -A young artist blowing new life into tradition-
2015 30 mins

Asakusa District in Tokyo is a popular tourist destination. Here in this vibrant area lies the best candy shop in Japan. Shinri Tezuka is a young candy maker working in this shop, and his masterful creations are so delicate and beautiful that they are almost too precious to eat! Dazzlingly detailed, his sugar sculptures look ...
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The World of Automata -Laughter x Automata x Challenge-
2015 30 mins

Automata are western mechanical dolls. Kazuaki Harada is one of the very few automata artisans living in Japan. However, he has been gathering steady attention and fame from all over the world with his unique creations. Harada`s automata are very comical and alluring, and manage to make people laugh and smile. In this episode, we ...
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Yokohama Scarves- Harmony of Beauty and Skill-
2015 30 mins

Since the opening of it`s port, the silk industry has developed drastically within Yokohama City. Silk is a soft and delicate fabric, which requires special techniques for dyeing and drawing motifs. This documentary will focus on the traditional "Yokohama scarfs", which have a history of over 100 years.  It will follow the workers  of a ...
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Nippon-ga -Taro Yamamoto x Akita Maiko-
2015 30 mins

Taro Yamamoto is a professor at Akita University of Art, but also a young painter who uses traditional Japanese techniques to create paintings with a ‘modern’ and humorous twist to them. This new art style is called  ‘Nippon-ga’, and has currently been attracting a lot of attention within Japan. In this documentary, he will take ...
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Ornamental Silk Apron for Sumo Wrestlers -Oozumo Kensho-Mawashi-
2015 30 mins

Hirokuni Ohno is one of the very few Hakata textile weavers left in the world, and has a workshop in Kokura Town in Kitakyushu City. He creates ornamental silk aprons for Sumo wrestlers to wear in the ring. The apron is approximately 70 centimeters wide and over 7 meters long, and the silk fabric has ...
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Partnership of “Seven Craft Masters” -Hikone Buddhist Altar-
2015 30 mins

Hikone Butsudan, or Buddhist altar, is a traditional craftwork from the castle town of Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture. It`s origins can be dated back to the Edo Period. There are seven steps in the creation process of the altars, which are conducted by the ‘Seven Masters’. Each master is a specialist in one particular skill, ...
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Sendai Tansu (Sendai furniture) -Harmony of three skills-
2015 30 mins

The Sendai Tansu furniture was created around the mid-19th century. Its fabrication process is based on 3 traditional techniques which were all inherited from the Edo period; ‘Sashimono (furnishing)’, ‘Urushi lacquer’ and ‘metal fitting’. Nowadays, the tradition is well harmonized with a modern touch, and it remains a well-esteemed handicraft. In this episode, we will ...
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Hometown`s Original Scenery -World of Doll Art-
2015 30 mins

Mayumi Takahashi  is a doll artist who started making dolls over 30 years ago. Her workshop is located in Iiyama City, Nagano Prefecture, which is known for its  charming Japanese countryside. Inspired by the rural and rustic scenery around her,  Takahashi`s creations often allow her spectators to feel a strong sense of nostalgia and longing ...
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Amazing Cruises Around the World
2009

This show showcases wonderful trips on luxury cruise liners. It gives us unknown sea adventure, beautiful scenery, and an absolutely relaxing time! Escape the troubles of your daily lives and hop on to see the amazing places that we visit all over the world! You will see scenes of beauty and wonder that will simply ...
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Festivals of Japan Series- Season 2
2018 30 mins

This is the second season of the Festivals of Japan Series, which introduces various festivals around Japan. In this  season, we will explore the festivals themselves, their histories, and the people responsible for preserving, cherishing, and passing on their traditions. From ancient processions, giant paper floats, fire festivals, and even fighting festivals, this program will ...
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Festivals of Japan Series- Season 1
2017 30 mins

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, ...
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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 fight fiercely for the sacred  ...
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Nada Fighting Festival
2018 30 mins

A grand scene ensues as mikoshi portable shrines batter each other in a display of strength and pride. The Nada Fighting Festival is held annually in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture, and is the largest festival among numerous "fight festivals" in Japan. Every year on October 14th and 15th, the men who live for this fall ...
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Nagasaki Kunchi -A Ride on the Nanbasen-
2018 30 mins

The "Nagasaki Kunchi" is a festival that holds a 380-year history. Dragons coil and children dance to the many performances, giving life and color to the festival stage. One of such performances is the dynamic and flamboyant "Dozamachi Nanbasen". It is a reenactment of the heyday of ocean exploration when Spanish and Portuguese visitors brought ...
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Omanto Festival -Land on This Horse-
2018 30 mins

The Omanto Festival of Aichi Prefecture is a much-loved festival that has been passed down since the Edo period. The highlight of this festival is held at a circular run where young men display their courage by jumping onto horses traveling at 40 km/hour. The locals of this region call this "Uma ni tomaru", which ...
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The 40th Otsuna Festival -Invigorating a Community-
2018 30 mins

Half-naked men pull on a giant white rope. 80 meters long and about a ton in weight, the rope is the central focus of the Tosa City Otsuna Festival. Originally an Edo Period tradition, the festival was brought back by people hoping to energize a community struggling to adapt to the increasingly commercial economy around them. ...
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Yoshida Fire Festival -Japan`s 3 Major Unusual Festivals-
2018 30 mins

Bright flames rise from giant torches, staining the city and skies with their bright red color... The Yoshida Fire Festival is an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan, which signals the end of summer at Mount Fuji, a World Cultural Heritage. This episode will focus on introducing the fourteen caretakers that work to make ...
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Jizo-bon Festival -Choraku Temple of the Valley-
2018 30 mins

Jizo-bon is a festival that celebrates the Jizo Bosatsu, or "Kshitigarbha", and occurs in the Kinki Region of Japan. The Jizo-bon culture of Choraku Temple in Kakogawa City, Hyogo Prefecture, has been passed down from the Edo Period. In the evening, men carrying large drums and children carrying lanterns walk the town, creating a mystical ...
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Nebuta Festival -Nebuta Master Creator`s 365 days-
2018 30 mins

Every year between August 2nd and 7th, the dynamic Nebuta floats of Aomori Prefecture are paraded around the city at night, providing a colorful and exciting summer spectacle for all to enjoy. The pride of the city, the Aomori Nebuta Festival was recognized as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan in 2006, and ...
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Kiraigo -800 Years of Performing Hell Theater-
2018 30 mins

The stage is set in hell. Demons curse and berate the sinner who has committed a terrible crime. The only play in Japan ever to be set in hell, the "Kiraigo" of Yokoshibahikari City, Chiba Prefecture, has had a history of 800 years. Yet despite its impressive history, the small village  entrusted with maintaining it`s ...
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Takaoka Mikuruma-yama Festival -Turning the Wheels of Tradition-
2018 30 mins

The Takaoka Mikuruma-yama Festival in Toyama Prefecture was registered as an UNESCO Intangible Cultural Asset in December, 2016. With the creaking sounds of the turning wheels, the seven lavish floats move along the same route they have passed since ancient times, pushed onwards by the people who love and cherish them. This episode will introduce ...
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Kintaikyo Bridge Festival -A Step Back in Time-
2018 30 mins

Kintaikyo is one of the three most famous bridges in Japan. Located in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, the bridge provides the stage for the annual Kintaikyo Bridge Festival in spring. Welcoming its 40th time, the festival showcases a colorful reenactment of feudal lords returning from the Edo capital with their vassals, and many other traditional ...
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Mikoji -Jisa, Anesa, and a 19-year-old Spring-
2018 30 mins

The "Mikoji Dance" is a 150-year-old dance performed during the Taromaru Shuuraku Spring Festival in Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture. In this dance, the sitting doll of an old man and a standing doll of a young woman comically dance to the accompaniment of vibrant drums, flutes, and singing. They are controlled by men hidden behind ...
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Onyudo -Japan`s Largest Mechanical Doll-
2017 30 mins

The "Onyudo" -the largest mechanical doll in Japan- is the symbol of Yokkaichi City in Mie Prefecture. Every year at the Yokkaichi Festival in August, the Onyudo entertains many people with its humorous and silly movements. Placed on a large float, it`s gigantic body sways as its neck -3 meters long when stretched out- rocks ...
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Toyohama Sea Bream Festival -Japan`s Bizarre Festival-
2017 30 mins

With energetic chants, a giant sea bream is towed by the excited townspeople of Toyohama, Aichi Prefecture. Originally a festival held to bless maritime safety and an abundant catch, it provides an unique spectacle for onlookers to enjoy. Five in total, the gigantic sea breams are made of bamboo, wood, and white cotton fabric, and ...
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Ofune Festival -Parishioners Who Support the Festivals-
2017 30 mins

Every fall, the Ofune Festival is held at the Suwa Taisha in Nagano Prefecture. During the Senzasai in spring, the sacred dolls of the old man and woman are carried from the Fall Shrine to the Spring Shrine. However, in the Ofune Festival -six months after this Senzasai-  the dolls are carried from the Spring ...
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Daisen Miyuki -Ancient Dynasty Picture Scroll Revived at Mt. Daisen-
2017 30 mins

Every three years, a festival is held at Daisen-ji, a temple devoted to worshipping Mount Daisen. Participants must walk about 500 meters in a procession, dressed in costumes of old and wishing for good fortune. Set amidst the wonderful scenery of the magnificent mountain, this episode will detail the procession itself, behind-the-scene details, as well ...
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Hikiyama Children`s Kabuki -Cultured Entertainment for Common Folk-
2017 30 mins

The Hikiyama Children`s Kabuki in Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture, has had a history of over 250 years. However, with the recent decline in birthrates and increasing aging population, it`s survival has been put under threat. Amidst this problem, the children of Komatsu City try their best to put on a great performance by practicing very ...
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The Thousand Cherry Blossom Trees of Eboshiyama Park
2017 30 mins

Akayu Hot Spring in Yamagata Prefecture lost much of its bustling energy due to a large fire that occurred during the early Meiji Period. Wishing for the recovery of their city,  local volunteers created the Eboshiyama Park. Later, as vitality slowly began to return to the city with the efforts of the volunteers, the park ...
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Handa Floats Festival -The Pride of the People-
2017 30 mins

In the spring festival of Handa City,  Aichi Prefecture, a total of 31 floats are pulled through 10 districts. Occurring once every five years, the Handa Floats Festival sees the gathering of all 31 floats in one place, vastly entertaining it`s large crowd of onlookers. Following the people preparing for the 2017 fall festival,  we ...
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The Mooka Steam Locomotive, Cherry Blossom, and Rape Blossom Highway
2017 30 mins

Mooka, in Tochigi Prefecture, prides itself in its steam locomotive, cherry blossoms, and rape blossoms. Within Mooka, there is a city called "Sakuramachi", where 1000 cherry blossom trees line the railway line. Every spring, the steam locomotive runs through the carpet of cherry blossom petals and rape blossoms , and the Sakuramachi Thousand Cherry Tree ...
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Hitachi Furyumono -Masterful Art of the Common People-
2017 30 mins

The Hitachi Furyumono is both an important tangible and intangible folk cultural property of Japan. It was also recognized as one of UNESCO`s Intangible Cultural Assets in 2009. It`s origins date back to the Edo era, when the parishioners of Kamine Shrine dedicated a float. Since then, the colorful float carrying dancing mechanical dolls has ...
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The Namahage Sedo Festival -Oga Peninsula-
2017 30 mins

The "Namahage" of Akita is an intangible folk cultural property of Japan that is both extremely popular and well-recognized. One of the three largest festivals in Japan, the "Namahage Sedo Festival" is a combination of this "Namahage" and local shrine festivities. This episode will describe the different events of this  festival, which includes the reenactment ...
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Hachinohe Enburi -The Festival to Beckon Spring-
2017 30 mins

The "Hachinohe Enburi" is a traditional festival that takes place in the southern region of Aomori Prefecture. It prays for good harvests and welcomes the coming of spring. Dancers called "Tayu" wear headdresses made in the shape of horse heads, and shake their heads wildly to express the acts of planting and cultivating rice. This ...
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Daidai Kagura -The Ritual Dance of Iki, the Island of the Gods-
2017 30 mins

Iki, in Nagasaki Prefecture, is an island with about 1,000 shrines. The "Iki Kagura" is an ancient and sacred dance practiced only by priests, and is an Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan. The dignified flute, drum and dance that compose this sacred ceremony, are both mysterious and filled with wonder. Every a year on ...
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Famous Mountains of Japan
2016 30 mins

Most recently seen in the "yama-girl", or "mountain girl" boom in Japan, the popularity of hiking seems to be on the rise, capturing the hearts of older generations as well as younger generations. In the midst of this new wave of interest, there is a shift in the understanding of the term "hiking". Instead of ...
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Century-Old Historic Houses
2011 60 mins

In this show, Norito Yashima and Riho Makise -famous Japanese actors- visit  old historic houses lived in by people for many generations. The houses range from celebrity houses, time-honored restaurants, to VIP guest houses. Watch as they marvel at the different architectural wonders they encounter every episode, and explore the varying histories behind each pillar, ...
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Let`s Have Fun!
2018 60 mins

This program is an entertaining and informative travel show, that introduces various "good trips" people can enjoy all around Japan. From wonderful leisure spots, views, traditional lodgings, and local cuisine, it`s all here! Information concerning seasonal activities and foods are  also provided, and the fun and energetic hosts even interview tourism experts and local store owners ...
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World Heritage OKINOSHIMA
45 minutes

This is a new program about the sacred island of Okinoshima, situated between the Japanese archipelago and the Korean peninsula. It has attracted the devotion of the local population in the Munakata region, who possessed advanced nautical skills. Large-scale rituals utilizing an enormous quantity of precious votive offerings were conducted on the island to pray for safe ocean voyages from the 4th to the 9th century, during a period that import and export occurred frequently in East Asia.Ritual sites bearing witness to the successive phases of ancient rituals that chronicle the formation of indigenous beliefs in Japan have survived to the present almost intact. Okinoshima is an object of worship, and has been protected by having  limited access to the island.

 

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--> This is a new program about the sacred island of Okinoshima, situated between the Japanese archipelago and the Korean peninsula. It has attracted the devotion of the local population in the Munakata region, who possessed advanced nautical skills. Large-scale rituals utilizing an enormous quantity of precious votive offerings were conducted on the island to pray ...
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Hey TAXI! Teach Me about Cuisine!
30 minutes

Go  around Kyushu and find a powerful helper to introduce you to delicious meals around town. Taxi drivers usually know a lot about local entertainment and are willing to share inside knowledge with you. This is a non-rehearsed program where we walk around asking Taxi drivers to recommend different delicious restaurants according to the theme.

--> Go  around Kyushu and find a powerful helper to introduce you to delicious meals around town. Taxi drivers usually know a lot about local entertainment and are willing to share inside knowledge with you. This is a non-rehearsed program where we walk around asking Taxi drivers to recommend different delicious restaurants according to the theme.
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Food of Japan Season.2
2017 25 minutes

'Food Japan' is the second season of 'Food Japan', which are produced by regional cable stations across Japan, using their deep connections in the communities to reveal their local treasures. The theme of this series is food culture. In this series, we learn about snacks that Ninjas used to eat, how western food began in ...
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Food of Japan Season.1
2016 30 minutes

Following the success of "Beauty of Japan", "Food of Japan" not only introduces the regional delicacies of Japan but also attempt to uncover the secrets of the unique food cultures from the local experts. In this series, we learn the secrets to the number one strawberry production in Japan, to sophisticated traditional sweets of a ...
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Honko sama – Appreciation of Harvest Nanto city, Toyama Pref.
2016 25 minutes

Honko is one of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism events which commemorate the virtue of its founder, the Monk Shinran. The event is called differently depending on the region: in Toyama it's called 'Honko sama'. It's a special event for household devotion. After the ceremony given by a local monk, special dishes are served to the guests ...
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A Brewery from Sake’s Birthplace Izumo city, Shimane Pref.
2016 25 minutes

Izumo city is believed to be the birthplace of Sake. Asahi Shuzou is a long established sake brewery since 1869. A female successor of the brewery has set a new challenge with a view to convey the beauty of Sake. Willing to change the image of Sake to be more casually accepted by the public, ...
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Beauty of ‘Edomae’ Sushi Fukagawa city, Tokyo
2016 25 minutes

Sushi was first made in Edo (Tokyo's old name) as regional food. It spread across the country and became one of Japan's most famous food. Fresh fish for Edomae sushi can be prepared marinated in vinegar, soya sauce or cooked in sauce then served cold folded over vinegared rice. This documentary follows the art of ...
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Sendai Traditional Vegetables, Producers for Nine Generations Sendai city, Miyagi Pref.
2016 25 minutes

In Sendai city in Miyagi prefecture, regional vegetables are called 'Sendai Traditional Vegetables' as they are adapted to its land and climate. Originally they are either grown traditionally in the region or grown in a special way. The camera follows a family who has grown these vegetables over generations, from seeding to cultivating and cooking.
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‘Koshinoyuki’ Sweets Nagaoka city, Niigata Pref.
2016 25 minutes

Koshinoyuki is one of three best sweets in Japan made of fine sugar and rice flour. Created in Edo period in Nagaoka city, Niigata Prefecture, it spread across Japan. Kosaku Takasugi, a famous samurai, was said to scatter this sweets over a bonsai pine tree next to his death bed while saying "I wanted to ...
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‘Senmaizuke’ Pickled Turnip Kyoto city, Kyoto Pref.
2016 25 minutes

The old city of Kyoto is famous for pickles using local vegetables: Suguki, Shibazuke and Senmaizuke. Nowadays there are many producers of Senmaizuke on the market but it was first made by Kyoto's pickles specialist, Daito. For more than 150 years, the recipes were passed on over generations. The camera focuses on the Senmaizuke pickles ...
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‘Yoshoku’ Cuisine – The First Western Food Yokohama city, Kanagawa Pref.
2016 25 minutes

Yokohama is a city of international port where western culture first developed in Japan after many years of isolation. Yokohama's 'Hotel New Grand' opened in 1927 and many 'Yoshoku' or Japanese-style western dishes were created there. 'Yoshoku' has changed Japanese culture. The camera focuses on the hotel which became one of Yokohama's landmarks telling the ...
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‘Oyaki’, Long-life Village’s Savory Cake Susaka city, Nagano Pref.
2016 25 minutes

Oyaki is a steamed or grilled savory cake made of cooked vegetable stuffed in a flour dough. It can also be made with An (sweet bean curd) wrapped in a flour dough. This is a traditional home cuisine in Nagano prefecture. There are many Oyaki manufacturers in the region. Among many variations of stuffing, the ...
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Wild Eel Captured in the City’s Yodogawa River Osaka city, Osaka Pref.
2016 25 minutes

Yodogawa is a long river running across several cities in the Kansai (West of Japan) area. At the mouth of this river, wild eels have been caught using traditional fishing techniques since Edo period to this day. The camera captures the rare wild eel fishing in the protected environment and discovers specialities of Yodogawa using ...
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Anago, Saltwater Eel Tsushima Island, Nagasaki Pref.
2016 25 minutes

Tsushima in Kyushu, is a small island located between Japan and South Korea, this small island is famous for Japan's highest production of Anago, saltwater eels. Locals restaurants are serving them as tempura, shabushabu or even as sashimi. The camera shows how the saltwater eels are captured, prepared and then served at the restaurant.
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Katayaki – Ninja Snack for the World Iga city, Mie Pref.
2016 25 minutes

Iga city in Mie prefecture is traditionally known for Iga Ninja. What kind of food did Ninja eat? Katayaki is a regional snack which is said to come from the food which Ninja used to eat as portable snacks. This unique was exhibited at the World Expo in Milan, Italy in 2015 and it received ...
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Nagoya’s Home Food – Miso Udon Noodle (Nikomi Udon) Nagoya city, Aichi Pref.
2016 25 minutes

Out of many regional food found in Nagoya, one can't avoid 'Miso dishes' which use red thick sauce from soya paste. Variations are Miso Udon Noodle (Miso Nikomi Udon). Pork cutlet with miso sauce (Miso Katsu or Miso Kushikatsu). People enjoy these savory dishes with their rich flavored sauce. The camera focuses on Miso Udon ...
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Hospitality in the Air Narita city, Chiba Pref.
2015 30 minutes

Tasty beef fillet, rich foie gras and caviar; these are some of the ingredients used for in-flight meals produced by three-star chefs. Each meal is colorful and delicately presented while served in the air. To achieve these kinds of high-quality services, it requires tricks and creativeness. This documentary presents the hospitality from Japan traveling around ...
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‘Ebi Senbei’: Shrimp Crackers Nishio city, Aichi Pref.
2015 30 minutes

Ebi Senbei is a rice cracker made from rice with fresh shrimps. Nishio city is said to be the place this Ebi senbei was first made. 100 year-old Mikawa Isshiki are Ebi senbei makers, their flavors and production process have been developed over the years while still keeping tradition in mind. The camera follows the ...
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Barazushi Okayam city, Okayama Pref.
2015 30 minutes

Barazushi is a type of sushi with vegetables and fish beautifully scatted over the sushi rice. Bara means 'scattered'. Okayama Barazushi is a colorful local dish famous for its variety of local products from the sea (Setonaikai) and from the mountain. This documentary describes Okayama's climate and historical background along with the recipe of Barazushi ...
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Miso Ramen (Soup Noodle) Sapporo city, Hokkaido
2015 30 minutes

Ramen noodles have become a trend around the world and nearly every Japanese region has its own variation. The speciality of Sapporo city is 'Miso Ramen' which was created there after the second world war and has a Miso paste based soup. Now a number of restaurants contribute to the city's tourism. The typical Miso ...
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Decorated Festivity Dish: Kamaboko surimi Toyama city, Toyama Pref.
2015 30 minutes

The Sea Bream (Tai) is a symbol of happy occasions in Japan. Kamaboko is a type of surimi; a processed seafood product made from white fish purée, formed in shapes, steamed until fully cooked and served hot or cold. Tai shaped Kamaboko is 'a must-have' on festive occasions in Toyama, The camera focuses on passions ...
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Kyoyasai: Kyoto Vegetables Kyoto city, Kyoto Pref.
2015 30 minutes

A world-famous tourist destination, Kyoto is renown for its local vegetables: kyoyasai (Kyoto vegetables) which play an important role on kyoryori (traditional cuisine of Kyoto). There are about 40 different vegetables which have been used by most of Kyoto households for a long time. This documentary captures local farmers who specialize in kyoyasai, chefs using ...
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‘Akagyu Beef’ from Aso Aso city, Kumamoto Pref.
2015 30 minutes

One of Kumamoto's main production is 'Akagyu beef' from Aso city. Where cattle is raised in the beautiful prairies at Mt. Aso's foot. Not many people know that, in order to maintain Aso's wonderful landscape, Akagyu cattle is needed there. With the stunning nature of Mt. Aso with its five peaks, the camera is introducing ...
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Fine Cuisine of Ryotei Restaurants Yamagata city, Yamagata Pref.
2015 30 minutes

Yamagata city was once very popular for its safflower production for textile dyeing during the Edo period. Many safflower buyers, visiting the city at that time, enjoyed the fine cuisine from the Ryotei restaurants. Now only six of those Ryotei restaurants still exist. The camera depicts the hospitality (omotenashi) of those restaurants along with their ...
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Wagashi Sweets from Samurai Town Kanazawa city, Ishikawa Pref.
2015 30 minutes

The historical samurai town of Kanazawa is famous for Wagashi, the Japanese traditional sweets. The city said to have the largest consumption in fresh wagashis. Unlike other Japanese regions, Kanazawa has four distinctive seasons. The different wagashis are traditionally made according to the seasons, adding elegance to people's daily lives. This documentary take you to ...
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Kinmedai Fish Inatori city, Shizuoka Pref.
2015 30 minutes

Kinmedai fish (Splendid Alfonsino) from Inatori city, in Shizuoka is a very popular fish sold at the world famous Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market under its own bran: 'Inatori Kinmedai fish'. The nutrition rich Inatori coastal sea allows Kinmedai fish to have fatty tasty meat. The fish is delivered to major fish markets on the same ...
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Fugu (Blowfish) Niihama city, Ehime Pref.
2015 30 minutes

Ehime's Niihama city is blessed with the beautiful Setonaikai inland sea and a variety of delicious seafood. Local people enjoy 'Fugu zaku', a dish made from Fugu (blowfish) which is only caught during the winter months. 'Fugu zaku' is roughly slicing the blowfish's skin and meat and mixing them together with citrus vinegar sauce. The ...
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Strawberry Fields Tochigi city, Tochigi Pref.
2015 30 minutes

Tochigi is famous for having the largest production of strawberries in Japan for 47 consecutive years. Discovering how the best seller "Tochi Otome" and the new "Sky Berry" were developed, the camera follows its researchers and how they established the production processes in order to produce those sweet strawberries.
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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 ...
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Hungry Hoppers – Pigging out around Japan
2010 24 mins

This crazy and entertaining food show hosted by Yo Oizumi, a Japanese rising actor/star, follows three comedic guys known as the "Piggy Family" as they travel around Japan seeking out the local hidden delicacies that Japan's world renowned cuisine has to offer. Watch as the guys travel in their minivan, named "Onigiri Go," from town ...
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‘Beauty of Japan’ series
2014 30 mins

List of programs in the 'Beauty of Japan' series: The Castle town where Kingyo Goldfish swim (Yamatokoriyama city, Nara Pref.) Art and excellence of Craftsmanships (Katsushika, Tokyo) Okada village's proud pure Cotton (Chita city, Aichi Pref.) The Secrets of the Village with Japan's longest living population (Takayama city, Nagano Pref.) Traditional home dishes from the ...
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Living together with the God of Wetland: the Red-crowned Crane Kushiro city, Hokkaido Pref.
2014 30mins

‘Tanchozuru’, or red-crowned cranes, are designated as a special national monument which are seen in Kushiro wetland. In the Ainu language, they refer to this elegant and graceful bird as the 'sarurun kamuy' (god of wetland). The camera follows those working to preserve the environment, and who feed the cranes during the bitter cold winter, ...
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NEXT5: the future of Sake makers Akita city, Akita Pref.
2014 30mins

'NEXT5' is a team of 5 young Sake brewers from Akita city who stood up against the decrease of national Sake consumption. They are not only entrepreneurs but also physically use their own hands to brew their Sakes, while Sake makers generally rely on the 'Touji' (Sake artisans). The camera follows their collaborative project to ...
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Kirikane Buddhist paintings Miura city, Kanagawa Pref.
2014 30mins

Kirikane is a decorative technique used for Buddhist statues and paintings. It requires high skills of cutting layers of gold leaves as thin as a hair, and placing them delicately onto Buddhist statues or paintings to create motifs. Chika Hasegawa is a young artist in Kirikane who has a workshop in Miura city, Kanagawa prefecture. ...
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Prayer of the Tenshudo Nagasaki city, Nagasaki Pref.
2014 30mins

Tenshudo (House of the Lord) is the oldest Roman Catholic church in Japan. Its picturesque location surrounded by beautiful nature is known as a tourist spot in Nagasaki city. The church has been a witness of cultural exchanges with western countries and religious history for more than 450 years. This documentary focuses on the architectural ...
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Himeji Castle: The Secret history Himeji city, Hyogo Pref.
2014 30mins

The Himeji Castle is regarded as one of the finest castles in Japan thanks to its preserved monumental white tower. Since the ancient times, many mysteries have been secretly passed on over generations. Why has it never been burned down? Why was it never used in a war? What are its building structure and tricks? ...
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Aigi Tunnels: The restoration of an industrial treasure Kasugai city, Aichi Pref.
2014 30mins

The Aigi Tunnels were constructed for the national railway between Aichi prefecture and Gifu prefecture back in the Meiji period (early 19th Century) and had been abandoned for many years. Those forgotten tunnels have been beautifully restored by supporters and are now designated as part of Japan's Heritage of Industrial Modernization. During spring and autumn's ...
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Yūki Tsumugi: The worldly recognised silk textile Yūki city, Ibaraki Pref.
2014 30mins

“Yuki Tsumugi textile” is designated as one of the Important Intangible Cultural Properties in Japan and is also listed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO. Its origin, the fine 'Ashi Ginu silk' is said to have been offered to the emperor since the Nara period (8th century). ...
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Traditional home dishes from the Gastronomic cityHakata city, Fukuoka Pref.
2014 30mins

“Gameni stew", “Mizutaki hot-pot” and “Hakata Zoni stew” are some of the traditional dishes from the gastronomic city of Fukuoka. This documentary focuses on the regional cuisines, which have been passed on generations by Hakatakko (Hakata local people) who are known for their high-spirited characters. It also talks about the recipes, and the history behind ...
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The Secrets of the Village with Japan’s longest living population Takayama city, Nagano Pref.
2014 30mins

Nagano prefecture has the longest living population in Japan. Particularly this little village of Takayama is known as “the anti-aging village”. The village, with merely 8000 residents, is blessed with beautiful nature and climate. Preserving the healthy life and culture, it has been recognised as one of the Biosphere Reserves (Eco park) by the UNESCO. ...
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Okada village’s proud pure CottonChita city, Aichi Pref.
2014 30mins

Sarashi (untreated) cotton fabric can be used in many ways. Since the early time of the Edo period, Chita Sarahi, produced in Okada village, in Chita city, has been sold in Edo, and it resulted to become the biggest cotton-weaving city. The manufacturers have now been declined, however the local residents still weave cottons for ...
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Art and excellence of CraftsmanshipsKatsushika, Tokyo
2015 30mins

Katsushika ward in downtown Tokyo, is one of a few cities where many craftsmen known as “Shokunins” still exist. Many of them work with skills used since the Edo or Meiji periods (late 19th century). The traditional crafts that they create by careful study of materials, experiences and techniques are highly valued across the nation. ...
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The Castle town where Kingyo Goldfish swim Yamatokoriyama city, Nara Pref.
2014 30mins

Kingyosukui, “goldfish scooping”, is one of the typical games often seen in summer festivals across Japan. The history of the goldfish production in Koriyama city dates back from mid-Edo period, when the Koriyama clansmen resided in their castle town. It is one of the three largest productions in Japan. The town has been decorated with ...
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Visiting Sacred Places of the Tohoku Region
2011 15 mins

Even today, people in the Tohoku region reverently conserve traditional customs and natural environments. Their viewpoints may have the potential to uncover hidden clues as to how to solve the problems and contradictions of our bewildering modern society, as well as hints for the Japanese who are reconsidering their identity. Searching for “sacred places for ...
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Traditional Festivals of Japan
2009 55 mins

Shrines and temples like Ise Jingu Shrine with a history of 2000 years are carefully preserved all over Japan. Traditional cultural festivals are held all over the country that take place in these very special shrines and temples. Five of these famous festivals have been captured on camera and each program reports the traditional culture ...
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Sake Tourism
2011 24 mins

Japanese sake is gaining popularity all over the world and its demand continues to increase exponentially every year. This program is packed with interesting information for any sake lover, as you’ll explore how people from 3 different areas of Japan enjoy sake in their own unique styles according to their region. It also introduces a ...
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Japan Heritage
2010 60 mins

Japan is full of beautiful landscapes and scenery spread across many geographical areas. These places are considered the nation’s inherited fortunes, and the Japanese people have strong desires to preserve them for the children of future generations. In these programs, you will visit many of these beautiful areas of Japan and enjoy the scenery, as ...
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Hokkaido Garden Story
2011 35 mins

Hokkaido Garden Story captures the story of 3 individuals who are the creators of three different, well-visited gardens in Hokkaido. This program offers depth and interesting background stories about with how these gardens came to be. First introduced is Sayuki Ueno, a famous Japanese gardener, who founded Ueno Farm in Asahikawa. Her goal from the ...
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