88 Hours Meltdown

Train Cruise: Beyond The Brilliant Roof of Hokkaido

Our journey takes place in Hokkaido Prefecture, the northern part of Japan. From Asahikawa Station surrounded by mountains, we head to Shiretoko-Shari Station, located on the Sea of Okhotsk and the gateway to the world famous ShiretokoPeninsula. The trains we ride pass through beautifully lit mountains covered with autumn leaves turning deep red and gold. On our way, we taste the unique local food, made with freshly harvested produce grown along the lines, and see people who have been waiting for coastal waters to become teeming with fish. We also discover a station that is in use for a limited time each year and a steam locomotive that has been preserved by local townspeople. Let’s enjoy the vibrant autumn of Hokkaido!

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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.

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