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10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki: Episode 4

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.

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Yui and Bailey The Therapy Dog

Scientists are discovering what’s behind the strong bonds that can form between dogs and humans. And few bonds are stronger than those between therapy dogs and the patients they care for. Bailey was the first resident therapy dog to work in a large Japanese hospital. Over his 9-year career, he’s cared for thousands of children, comforting them as they face intractable diseases. The dedicated therapy dog is now ready to retire. But first he must help a young girl named Yui deal with a life-threatening illness.

  • 2020-01-31T04:00:00-08:00

Sea of Light(A Blind Yachtsman's Voyage across the Pacific)

In April 2019, 52-year-old Mitsuhiro Iwamoto, who is totally blind, succeeded in crossing the Pacific Ocean in his sailboat. This program documents both his spectacular achievement of being the first blind person to make the brutal 55-day voyage, and the life experiences that led him there. When he lost his sight at age 16, Iwamoto contemplated suicide but was saved by a seemingly impossible dream: to sail across the Pacific Ocean. 6 years before this documented success, he had attempted a crossing with a popular newscaster that ended in failure when their boat collided with a whale.

  • 2020-02-07T04:00:00-08:00

Samurai Wall

Castle design evolved in 17th century Japan with stone walls as a key feature. Sakamoto in Shiga prefecture became famous for its mason's expert techniques for dry-stacking. They traveled across Japan to complete their commissions. But when feudalism ended 150 years ago, many castles were destroyed. While most of the masons lost their jobs, one family in Sakamoto survived by refurbishing old ruins. However, the 15th-generation master SuminoriAwatais worried about the future until one day when he receives an unexpected request to build a castle-style wall in Texas. Awata’sjourney begins.

  • 2020-02-14T04:00:00-08:00

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.

  • 2020-02-14T23:10:00-08:00
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  • 2020-02-15T17:10:00-08:00

Future Prince of Ballet! The Vaganova Ballet Academy Part 1

The Vaganova Academy in Russia is the world's leading ballet school. Meet its graduating boys' class as they rehearse for a show at the MariinskyTheatre and audition for the top ballet companies. Russia's Vaganova Academy is the world's leading ballet school, with students from all over the world. Follow the graduating class of boys who must have physical strength, technical excellence, and beauty. They rehearse for a graduation show at the MariinskyTheatre and audition for places at top companies. They're coached by disciplinarian Principal Nikolai Tsiskaridze, a famous ballet dancer.

  • 2020-02-21T04:00:00-08:00

Train Cruise (The Treasures of Country Life outside Osaka)

We travel from Osaka Station, the gateway to western Japan, through neighboring Hyogo Prefecture. We explore a rural line that was revitalized by local residents, then travel to the SetoInland Sea to relish fresh oysters. Next, we ride the futuristic Super Hakuto. At a 400-year-old post town that has changed little over time, we hear tales about master swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. Further on, we travel through mountains on the Hamakazeto a bag-producing town where we meet Japan’s sole wicker-trunk weaver.

  • 2020-02-28T04:00:00-08:00