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Japan from Above: Treasure Islands

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 Kyushu and Okinawa Prefecture in southwest Japan. Kyushu is a hotbed of volcanic activity, from the onsen (hot spring) resort of Bepputo the towering majesty of Mt. Aso. While the forces of nature may wreak havoc, they also bring benefits and stimulate the imagination. In Okinawa, we visit gravesites that nurture families. We also touch on Okinawa's tragic wartime history before moving on to a scenic island that one man finds perfect for free diving.

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A World of Boisterous Silence

With twinkling eyes, the children read their textbooks “aloud,” their animated little hands evocative and expressive. In the past, most schools for the deaf in Japan prioritized learning oral speech and lip reading, and banned sign language. But one school in Tokyo is treading a different path. It conducts all of its classes in JSL, or Japanese Sign Language. Here, the children learn to embrace themselves as they are, and in time, leave to find their way in a hearing world. The program records a year at this unique school, where the classrooms are filled with boisterous silence.

  • 2019-03-29T05:00:00-07:00

Epic Challenge: A Race Across The Japanese Alps

Brains, brawn, storms, fatigue... In August 2018, 30 amateur runners spent up to 8 days tackling the gruelling trail race from the Sea of Japan to the Pacific, rewarded only by personal satisfaction.

  • 2019-04-05T05:00:00-07:00

The Pianist from Syria

Aeham never stopped playing the piano and singing during the civil war in Syria. Now he teaches music to refugee children in Germany. We look at his efforts to help them.

  • 2019-04-12T05:00:00-07:00

At Home with Venetia In Koyoto: Ohara In Autumn

Venetia Stanley-Smith has been living in Kyoto's Ohara district for a decade. We introduce her eco-people-friendly way of life. In this episode, Venetia introduces the beauty of Ohara in autumn. She also visits Tono city in Iwate Prefecture, in the northern part of Japan, where she explores the charm of Tohoku life.

  • 2019-04-19T05:00:00-07:00