88 Hours Meltdown

Sea of Light(A Blind Yachtsman's Voyage across the Pacific)

In April 2019, 52-year-old Mitsuhiro Iwamoto, who is totally blind, succeeded in crossing the Pacific Ocean in his sailboat. This program documents both his spectacular achievement of being the first blind person to make the brutal 55-day voyage, and the life experiences that led him there. When he lost his sight at age 16, Iwamoto contemplated suicide but was saved by a seemingly impossible dream: to sail across the Pacific Ocean. 6 years before this documented success, he had attempted a crossing with a popular newscaster that ended in failure when their boat collided with a whale. On this successful voyage, Iwamoto teamed up with Japan-based businessman Douglas Smith. The two of them set sail from San Diego, California and arrived, without any stops in between, at OnahamaPort in Fukushima Prefecture. The entire journey was filmed using 3 fixed cameras placed strategically on the boat in addition to one hand-held camera.

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Future Prince of Ballet! The Vaganova Ballet Academy Part 1

The Vaganova Academy in Russia is the world's leading ballet school. Meet its graduating boys' class as they rehearse for a show at the MariinskyTheatre and audition for the top ballet companies. Russia's Vaganova Academy is the world's leading ballet school, with students from all over the world. Follow the graduating class of boys who must have physical strength, technical excellence, and beauty. They rehearse for a graduation show at the MariinskyTheatre and audition for places at top companies. They're coached by disciplinarian Principal Nikolai Tsiskaridze, a famous ballet dancer.

  • 2020-02-21T04:00:00-08:00

Train Cruise (The Treasures of Country Life outside Osaka)

We travel from Osaka Station, the gateway to western Japan, through neighboring Hyogo Prefecture. We explore a rural line that was revitalized by local residents, then travel to the SetoInland Sea to relish fresh oysters. Next, we ride the futuristic Super Hakuto. At a 400-year-old post town that has changed little over time, we hear tales about master swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. Further on, we travel through mountains on the Hamakazeto a bag-producing town where we meet Japan’s sole wicker-trunk weaver.

  • 2020-02-28T04:00:00-08:00

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.

  • 2020-02-28T23:10:00-08:00