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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The World of Artist Manabu Ikeda

Holding only a pen in his hand, a Japanese artist has created a sweeping masterpiece in the United States. Manabu Ikeda worked on the project in the state of Wisconsin. He started it out of despair after the Great East Japan Earthquake, drawing disaster-stricken scenery. Gradually, however, trees and flowers made their way into the work. The program documents his three-year journey, as the picture progressed by just a few centimeters per day.

  • 2017-12-15T04:00:00-08:00

Hokusai Impact

It’s no overstatement to say that Hokusai Katsushika changed the world of art. The master of Japanese ukiyo-e influenced the Impressionists in Europe and affected fashion, music, anime, and even social thought. For this program, super high-definition 8K cameras get up close to the recent Hokusai exhibit at the British Museum. Tune in and find out how and why the artist’s appeal endures.

  • 2017-12-22T04:00:00-08:00

In Tune with Time: Watchmaker Masahiro Kikuno

Masahiro Kikuno is a master craftsman who belongs to an exclusive international group of independent watchmakers. These consummate artists create timepieces that reflect their deepest ideals, with no connection to commercial watch manufacturers. Kikuno's creations are deeply influenced by traditional Japanese culture. He's fascinated by a masterpiece called the Myriad Year Clock, which was built by a 19th-century Japanese mechanical genius. Containing over a thousand hand-made parts, the clock is a marvel of complex and precise engineering.

  • 2017-12-29T04:00:00-08:00

A Thousand Years of Beauty: Japanese Stencil Art

Ise Katagamihas been practiced for a thousand years in the Ise region. This use of stencils for dyeing kimono contributed to the "Japonism" influence on European arts around the start of the 20th century. These days, it takes on new shapes as dyed pictures, interior decorations and accessories. accessories. The program presents the mystique of Ise Katagami through the life of a young artisan and her teacher.

  • 2018-01-12T04:00:00-08:00