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Godzilla and Ultraman - The Amazing World of Japanese Special Effects

Sixty years after its first appearance on the screen, Godzilla continues fascinating moviegoers and Hollywood producers alike. The techniques developed by its creator Eiji Tsuburaya, including the use of full-body suits on carefully crafted miniature sets, are of particular interest at a time when computer graphics reign supreme. Hideaki Anno, best known for his animated series "Neon Genesis Evangelion," and Shinji Higuchi, director of "Attack on Titan," discuss the magic of Japanese special effects.

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Rescuing the Lost Battalion:The True Story of the Japanese-American Unit

During World War II, severely discriminated Japanese-Americans formed the 442nd Regimental Combat Team to show their loyalty to the United States. They served the nation with great distinction on the Western Front and were regarded as 'heroes'. In October 1944, one cruel operation changed it all. It was an emergency order to rescue around 200 Caucasian American soldiers whom were surrounded by German troops. This reckless mission, later known as “The Lost Battalion”, resulted in more than 800 casualties and 211 men were successfully rescued. What exactly happened during this mission?

  • 2017-10-20T05:00:00-07:00
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Cycle Around Japan - Nagano: Life Deep in the Mountains

CYCLE AROUND JAPAN proposes a new journey of Japan, and provides useful information to enjoy the adventure on a bike .The programe will take us to scenery peaks and heritages in Nagano, central Japan. Besides being a treasure trove of nature, history, and culture, Nagano is also bursting with natural hot springs, or Onsens. Join us on the trip to see inside of Japan that you won't find in the guidebooks.

  • 2017-10-27T05:00:00-07:00
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Cycle Around Japan - Life in the Japan Alps

  • 2017-11-03T05:00:00-07:00
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Zhangjiajie, China

Zhangjiajie in China’s Hunan Province is a popular tourist destination known for the sweeping vista of massive stone pillars that is said to have inspired the setting of the movie “Avatar.” Yet many parts of the area are not open to the public. NHK was authorized by the local government to film its aerial view. The program introduces hanging paddy fields and the lives of the ethnic minorities, the secrets of Zhangjiajie dating back to ancient China, as well as the mystery behind the crustal movement that has continued since time immemorial to create the fantastic landscape.

  • 2017-11-10T04:00:00-08:00
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Kyoto: A Tale of Love and Honor

Kyoto bustles with tourists, but there is one place they cannot enter: The teahouses of Gion. When night falls in the narrow streets of this historic district, more than 100 geisha throng into teahouses to entertain customers. Only a handful of invited guests are allowed inside. 77-year-old Kimi Ota is an Okami, a “house mother”, who manages a 200-year old teahouse. An Okami must be a woman, cannot wed, but must give birth to a daughter so she can hand over the reins. Take a peek into the secretive world of geishas and witness their proud and wistful story.

  • 2017-11-17T04:00:00-08:00
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