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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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Travels Through The South of Hokkaido

The program focuses on a cycling trip that starts in Hakodate in Hokkaido that offers a cityscape tinged with an exotic atmosphere. The traveler visits a port town, dairy land and takes in the grand panoramic view from the roads around Mount Yotei, before moving on to Otaru that offers fine glassware and finally, the goal at Cape Kamui with a superb view. The program introduces the rich natural environment of southern Hokkaido as well as people’s lives where the history of pioneers is still cherished.

  • 2017-11-24T04:00:00-08:00

Orda Cave

Nestled at the foot of Russia’s Ural Mountains, Orda Cave is said to be the site of the world’s most beautiful view. For the first time in history, the view has been recorded with a 4K camera, providing entrée to an underground world. The cave’s transparent water and white gypsum minerals lie beneath a field of snow. A specialist explains the mystery behind the cave’s origin, a tale of land and climate change that reaches back 300 million years.

  • 2017-12-01T04:00:00-08:00

Painting with the Soul

The “To-KonPainters” add color to the lives of those who are short on cash. The volunteers will travel anywhere for a good cause, painting buildings and playground equipment free of charge. This program follows them to Lithuania, where they repainted the memorial hall for ChiuneSugihara. Sugihara was a Japanese diplomat who helped 6,000 Jews flee the Holocaust by issuing them transit visas. The painters overcame climatic and linguistic differences to get the job done.

  • 2017-12-08T04:00:00-08:00

The World of Artist Manabu Ikeda

Holding only a pen in his hand, a Japanese artist has created a sweeping masterpiece in the United States. Manabu Ikeda worked on the project in the state of Wisconsin. He started it out of despair after the Great East Japan Earthquake, drawing disaster-stricken scenery. Gradually, however, trees and flowers made their way into the work. The program documents his three-year journey, as the picture progressed by just a few centimeters per day.

  • 2017-12-15T04:00:00-08:00