88 Hours Meltdown

Living Ninja Legend Masaaki Hatsumi

Masaaki Hatsumi, 84 years old, is a living ninja in modern times. He is the grandmaster of Togakure-ryu, a ninjutsu school that was founded about 900 years ago, and has drawn attention from the FBI and other government agencies as they train in survival skills and how to dodge enemy attacks and save one’s life. Hatsumi’sdisciples and followers are estimated at more than 100,000 around the world. His ninjutsu is now even taught at the university in California as a regular course. At age of 27, Hatsumibecame an apprentice of a ninjutsu mentor and inherited the position after 15 years of grueling training. He bolstered his reputation during his journey abroad, with fierce fighters and soldiersbeing no match for him. We will look at the life of the world-renowned grandmaster and his legendary techniques.

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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