88 Hours Meltdown

NHK's flagship current affairs documentary program features a series of specials commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. 

Upcoming Airdates

NHK Special

Hard-hitting documentary that takes an in-depth look at some of the political, economic, and social challenges that Japan - and our world - is facing.

  • 2019-10-26T01:10:00-07:00
  • 2019-10-26T07:10:00-07:00
  • 2019-10-26T13:10:00-07:00
  • 2019-10-26T19:10:00-07:00

10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki: Episode 3

The 4-part documentary series takes us behind the scenes at the studio of the trailblazing animator to explore the gritty reality of anime-making and the many faces of the passionate artisan himself.

  • 2019-11-01T05:00:00-07:00

Letters from Hibaskusha: Animated Memories of Loved Ones

For NHK's "Letters from Hibakusha" project, the broadcaster received more than 2,000 written recollections of the 1945 atomic bombings. Four of them were chosen this year and recreated as short animated films. The memoirs include the story of a survivor's struggle to make ends meet, a teenager's quest to find his first love in the aftermath, and the parting words of a dying girl. NHK hopes that teenagers today may gain an insight into the experiences of people who were much like them when they had their dreams snatched away.

  • 2019-11-08T04:00:00-08:00

Japan from Above: Cradle of Traditions

JAPAN FROM ABOVE takes you on an aerial journey across Japan. Enjoy a bird's-eye view of Japan's amazingly diverse landscapes, as well as intimate portraits of people leading contrasting lives. In this episode, we explore central and western parts of Japan, starting in the Kansai region. Kansai, which includes the ancient cities of Nara and Kyoto, is the cradle of Japanese culture and religion. As well as enjoying stunning scenes from the air in the heartland of Japan, we meet a sword maker, a plant hunter, a traditional entertainer and a pair of paper makers.

  • 2019-11-15T04:00:00-08:00