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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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10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki: Episode 3

The 4-part documentary series takes us behind the scenes at the studio of the trailblazing animator to explore the gritty reality of anime-making and the many faces of the passionate artisan himself.

  • 2019-11-01T05:00:00-07:00

Letters from Hibaskusha: Animated Memories of Loved Ones

For NHK's "Letters from Hibakusha" project, the broadcaster received more than 2,000 written recollections of the 1945 atomic bombings. Four of them were chosen this year and recreated as short animated films. The memoirs include the story of a survivor's struggle to make ends meet, a teenager's quest to find his first love in the aftermath, and the parting words of a dying girl. NHK hopes that teenagers today may gain an insight into the experiences of people who were much like them when they had their dreams snatched away.

  • 2019-11-08T04:00:00-08:00

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.

  • 2019-11-15T04:00:00-08:00

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