88 Hours Meltdown

Nike's Backstory: Unknown Bonds with Japan

Shoe Dog, the memoir by Nike founder Phil Knight, has been an unexpected hit in Japan. It candidly talks about how more than 40 years ago, Knight's fledgling running shoe business was in danger of going under – until a Japanese company came to the rescue. Interviews with people involved at the time reveal a group of businessmen taking on continuous risk during Japan's era of high economic growth. The 49-minute program is about the hidden story behind a global company's beginnings and the spirit of the Japanese trading company employees who supported him.

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Train Cruise: Building The Future on the Miyagi Coast

We travel the Northeast Japan coastline and see how recovery has progressed since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. Unique trains, delicious seafood, sake and interesting encounters await.

  • 2019-06-21T05:00:00-07:00

Searching for My Japanese Grandfather: Vanished In Wartime America

To American photojournalist Regina Boone, her paternal grandfather Tsuruju Miyazaki was a mystery. He was a hard-working Japanese immigrant and built a family with an African-American woman. But he was arrested on the day of the Pearl Harbor attack never to return home. Regina's father, a prominent journalist and founder of a prestigious Virginia newspaper, hardly ever spoke about Miyazaki throughout his life. It was only 5 years ago on his death bed, that he asked Regina to find out why her grandfather vanished and to search for their family's roots in Japan.

  • 2019-06-28T05:00:00-07:00

10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki: Episode 2

Since 2007, NHK has been granted exclusive access to the studio of legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, documenting his creative process for 10 years. While his films have won international acclaim for their stunning visuals, this four-part documentary series explores the gritty reality behind the scenes. Miyazaki is shown as a passionate artisan, a father going head to head with his son, and a steadfast trailblazer.

  • 2019-07-05T05:00:00-07:00