88 Hours Meltdown

Painting with the Soul

The “To-KonPainters” add color to the lives of those who are short on cash. The volunteers will travel anywhere for a good cause, painting buildings and playground equipment free of charge. This program follows them to Lithuania, where they repainted the memorial hall for ChiuneSugihara. Sugihara was a Japanese diplomat who helped 6,000 Jews flee the Holocaust by issuing them transit visas. The painters overcame climatic and linguistic differences to get the job done.

Upcoming Airdates

Festivals of Kyushu

Five festivals from Kyushu in Japan have been recognized as intangible cultural properties by UNESCO. We look at their unique features and histories, and their lasting importance to local communities.

  • 2018-03-23T05:00:00-07:00

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.

  • 2018-03-24T01:10:00-07:00
  • 2018-03-24T07:10:00-07:00
  • 2018-03-24T13:10:00-07:00
  • 2018-03-24T19:10:00-07:00
  • 2018-03-31T01:10:00-07:00

Father's Land

After World War II, some Japanese soldiers stayed in Vietnam to help fight for the country's independence. A group of their later abandoned children visit Japan in search of their fathers' shadows.

  • 2018-03-30T05:00:00-07:00

Expressions from the Obscure II

Imaginative self-taught artists are claiming respect and recognition. A French exhibition of Japanese 'art brut' includes works by Marie Suzuki, who cultivates her skills primarily to please herself.

  • 2018-04-06T05:00:00-07:00

Inside Lens: Swimming Through The Darkness

A blind professional Indian swimmer takes on the challenge of the world's longest open water competition in the Ganges. Before retiring to an uncertain future at 44, he hopes to swim the Dover Strait.

  • 2018-04-13T05:00:00-07:00

The Fisherman and the Forest

The 2011 tsunami devastated many marine creatures. The efforts to revive oyster farming by the man who says "forests are lovers of the sea" involve the close harmony of the sea and the mountains.

  • 2018-04-20T05:00:00-07:00