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A Thousand Years of Beauty: Japanese Stencil Art

Ise Katagamihas been practiced for a thousand years in the Ise region. This use of stencils for dyeing kimono contributed to the "Japonism" influence on European arts around the start of the 20th century. These days, it takes on new shapes as dyed pictures, interior decorations and accessories. accessories. The program presents the mystique of Ise Katagami through the life of a young artisan and her teacher.

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Cycle Around Japan:Summer - The Coast and Mountains Of Uwate

CYCLE AROUND JAPAN takes us to Iwate, a large prefecture on the Pacific coast in the Tohoku region. We will start our summer journey from Morioka, the prefectural capital, and ride into the mountain region. Our first stop will be Tono, a rural town in the hills of central Iwate. Tonois best known as a repository of Japanese folklore due to its legends of supernatural creatures. Then we will visit the Sanrikuregion, the Pacific coast area which was badly hit by the March 2011 tsunami. The reconstruction process is still going on and will take many more years.

  • 2018-12-14T04:00:00-08:00

The Circus Family

A circus team called "Happy Dream Circus" travels all over Japan. Among the team of 50 people, there is a Colombian man and a Japanese woman couple. They have ten children, and soon the eleventh child will be born. The family live in trailers behind the circus tent. Arashi, the fourth son, attracts audiences with his great performance skills, but the 11-years-old boy finds it hard to say good-bye to his friends every two monthsas his family and the circus team move to another city.

  • 2018-12-21T04:00:00-08:00

Somewhere Street: Hida Takayama

Located in the foothills of Japan’s Northern Alps and surrounded by forests is the city of HidaTakayama. Known as Hida’s“Little Kyoto, " Takayama’sold town, retains a traditional touch with its streets lined with wooden buildings. During the spring and fall, the city hosts the celebrated TakayamaFestival featuring a parade of large floats, which has been added to UNESCO’S list of Intangible Cultural Heritages. It is a popular tourist destination. In this episode,we explore HidaTakayamaand meet its residents who love their traditions and their distinctive culture.

  • 2018-12-28T04:00:00-08:00

Sake In Paris: Pairing with French Cuisine

Brewers in Japan send their Sake to chefs in Paris to create new dishes for the marriage. They exchange their spirit via this project to celebrate 160 years of relationships between France and Japan.

  • 2019-01-04T04:00:00-08:00