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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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Shinji Sogo: The Pioneer of the Shinkansen

Shinji Sogo was the fourth president of Japanese National Railways. With imagination and determination, he made sure that the Shinkansen bullet train service started in time for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The news brought attention from around the world and revived the railway industry. It also laid the groundwork for high-speed railways being planned and built in Europe, the US, and Asia today. This program examines rare documents and firsthand accounts of how Sogo’s leadership brought the ambitious Shinkansen project to fruition.

  • 2017-03-03T04:00:00-08:00
    KCET-HD

Medical Frontiers Special: Search for Superfoods In Nagano

This edition of “Medical Frontiers" explores superfoods that support long, healthy lives. Recent research has revealed that traditional fermented foods of the Nagano area encourage longevity. The prefecture has the #1 life expectancy in Japan, around 84 years. One of the staples is miso, made from fermented soybeans. It is said to help prevent lifestyle diseases. Fermented vegetable pickles assist with intestinal functions. And sake lees, byproducts of sake-making, are great for the skin.

  • 2017-03-10T04:00:00-08:00
    KCET-HD