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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.

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Moon Bear Chronicle:Unraveling The Mysteries

The Asian black bear, or moon bear, is the largest mammal on Japan’ s main island of Honshu. Catching sight of them is extremely difficult because they’re cautious creatures that prefer to spend their days deep in the forests. But over the course of 28 years, one man has painstakingly watched and documented these bears. This program gives us a glimpse of the reality of their life, which has long been shrouded in mystery.

  • 2018-06-22T05:00:00-07:00

A Tiny Universe at Our Feet

NobueKai is an 86-year-old picture book author whose illustrations focus on a subject full of wonders many people know little about – weeds. Her careful and accurate observations about the lives of all kinds of weeds have opened people’s eyes to their beauty. This documentary followed her for a full year as she worked and documented a breathtaking universe hiding in plain sight at our feet.

  • 2018-06-29T05:00:00-07:00

Fukushima's Nuclear Meltdown: What Really Happened

Through this documentary-drama, NHK WORLD-JAPAN continues its investigation of nuclear safety with an unprecedented account of the crisis inside Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011. Radioactive material was transported over 200 km from the Fukushima reactor. How could this not be stopped? Utilizing AI analytics, this documentary investigates how workers of the power company TEPCO reacted to this event and what followed.

  • 2018-07-06T05:00:00-07:00

Discovery of the Century - The Great Dinosaur of Japan

Japanese fossil hunters made a once-in-a-century discovery: a fossilized skeleton of an 8-meter long dinosaur. But how did it end up in Japan and why was it well preserved? We search for the answers.

  • 2018-07-13T05:00:00-07:00

Train Cruise: Izu: from Rugged Coastline to Inland Warmth

Izu Peninsula is a famous hot springs area located about 1 hour by Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo. On this Train Cruise, we ride on two railways that travel the peninsula. On the eastern shore's Izu Kyuko Railway, we visit an attractive and mysterious area designated as a Geopark by UNESCO. On the Sunzu Line of the Izu Hakone Tetsudo, we are delighted by the train's popular animated character decorations and visit an unmanned station and historical temple. This is an opportunity to enjoy hot springs and taste the other attractions of Izu.

  • 2018-07-20T05:00:00-07:00