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Bacchan: Granny's Table

A former volunteer probation officer in Japan's western city of Hiroshima has opened up her dining for more than three decades to feed kids who cannot have proper meals at home. Chikako Nakamoto's initiative is meant to counter a void left as communities hollow out and family ties unravel. The documentary closely describes her daily life as she offers support for children by providing her hand-made dishes.

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Festivals of Kyushu

Five festivals from Kyushu in Japan have been recognized as intangible cultural properties by UNESCO. We look at their unique features and histories, and their lasting importance to local communities.

  • 2018-03-23T05:00:00-07:00

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.

  • 2018-03-24T01:10:00-07:00
  • 2018-03-24T07:10:00-07:00
  • 2018-03-24T13:10:00-07:00
  • 2018-03-24T19:10:00-07:00
  • 2018-03-31T01:10:00-07:00

Father's Land

After World War II, some Japanese soldiers stayed in Vietnam to help fight for the country's independence. A group of their later abandoned children visit Japan in search of their fathers' shadows.

  • 2018-03-30T05:00:00-07:00

Expressions from the Obscure II

Imaginative self-taught artists are claiming respect and recognition. A French exhibition of Japanese 'art brut' includes works by Marie Suzuki, who cultivates her skills primarily to please herself.

  • 2018-04-06T05:00:00-07:00

Inside Lens: Swimming Through The Darkness

A blind professional Indian swimmer takes on the challenge of the world's longest open water competition in the Ganges. Before retiring to an uncertain future at 44, he hopes to swim the Dover Strait.

  • 2018-04-13T05:00:00-07:00