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Japan from Above: Cradle of Traditions

JAPAN FROM ABOVE takes you on an aerial journey across Japan. Enjoy a bird's-eye view of Japan's amazingly diverse landscapes, as well as intimate portraits of people leading contrasting lives. In this episode, we explore central and western parts of Japan, starting in the Kansai region. Kansai, which includes the ancient cities of Nara and Kyoto, is the cradle of Japanese culture and religion. As well as enjoying stunning scenes from the air in the heartland of Japan, we meet a sword maker, a plant hunter, a traditional entertainer and a pair of paper makers. Whatever their chosen path in life, they seek to uphold knowledge and wisdom passed down through the years.

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Train Cruise: Beyond The Brilliant Roof of Hokkaido

Our journey takes place in Hokkaido Prefecture, the northern part of Japan. From Asahikawa Station surrounded by mountains, we head to Shiretoko-Shari Station, located on the Sea of Okhotsk and the gateway to the world famous ShiretokoPeninsula. The trains we ride pass through beautifully lit mountains covered with autumn leaves turning deep red and gold. On our way, we taste the unique local food, made with freshly harvested produce grown along the lines, and see people who have been waiting for coastal waters to become teeming with fish.

  • 2019-11-22T04:00:00-08:00
    KCET-HD

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.

  • 2019-11-22T23:10:00-08:00
    NHK-WRLD
  • 2019-11-23T05:10:00-08:00
    NHK-WRLD
  • 2019-11-23T11:10:00-08:00
    NHK-WRLD
  • 2019-11-23T17:10:00-08:00
    NHK-WRLD