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.

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Ghost Blood Vessels

99% of human blood vessels are said to be capillaries. With age, these tiny tubules break, becoming hollow "ghost" vessels that cause wrinkles in the skin. Scientists are now finding they are also tied to higher risks from age-related ailments, including osteoporosis and Alzheimer's disease. Using the latest in biological imaging and super-high-resolution 3D CGI, this program delves into the mechanism behind broken capillaries. It also examines how to slow down or even repair the damage to help people live longer, healthier lives.

  • 2018-07-27T05:00:00-07:00

Train Crusie: A Taste of Japanese Culture Along The Oigawa River

The Oi River (Oigawa) flows through the center of Shizuoka Prefecture starting from the Southern Alps. The OigawaRailways run a distance of 65km along the river. They feature a nostalgic steam locomotive and a tram which climbs a steep hill. This route draws the attention of railway enthusiasts as a functioning railway theme park. Along the route, we encounter thriving traditional Japanese culture and view beautiful forest scenery from the windows of retro rail cars. Our traveler this time is Francesco Bellissimo, a food researcher from Italy.

  • 2018-08-03T05:00:00-07:00

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.

  • 2018-08-10T05:00:00-07:00

Alain Ducasse, Japanese Cuisine Par Excellence

Alain Ducasseis a world-famous French chef and owner of restaurants worldwide, including in Tokyo. He’s fascinated by Japanese cuisine and makes several visits a year to explore local ingredients and culinary techniques. We follow him on his search for premium winter ingredients such as sea urchin, pole-and-line fished cod and traditional Kyoto vegetables. After commenting on the beauty of the way in which they’re prepared Japanese style, he demonstrates his unique style of French cuisine.

  • 2018-08-17T05:00:00-07:00