88 Hours Meltdown

Train Cruise: Pacific Coastal Life In Shikoku Island

Our reporter discovers deep history and local culture on his 200 kilometers of rail travel along the Pacific coast and inland mountains of eastern Kochi on Shikoku island.

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Somewhere Street Kobe

Kobe is one of the busiest international port cities in Japan. It was devastated by a large earthquake in 1995, but it has recovered splendidly. In this episode, we stroll around Kobe streets.

  • 2018-11-16T04:00:00-08:00

The Nebuta 2018:A Challenge of Father and Daughter

The Nebuta 2018 is a challenge of father and daughter. "Nebuta" refers to giant floats of brave warrior-figures which are carried through the center of the city of Aomori, in northern Japan, during a famous summer festival. The floats are often praised as the “world s best paper crafts”. Last year, the only female Nebuta producer, Asako Kitamura, won the highest prize for the first time. This year she challenges to win the title again with her work themed on a famous Japanese painter Katsushika Hokusai.

  • 2018-11-30T04:00:00-08:00

Eiheiji: Inside Dogen's Zen Monastery

At Eiheiji, a world-famous Zen monastery in Japan, young monks sit zazen for long hours and engage in practice according to the teachings of Dogen, who founded the temple over 770 years ago.

  • 2018-12-07T04:00:00-08:00

Cycle Around Japan:Summer - The Coast and Mountains Of Uwate

CYCLE AROUND JAPAN takes us to Iwate, a large prefecture on the Pacific coast in the Tohoku region. We will start our summer journey from Morioka, the prefectural capital, and ride into the mountain region. Our first stop will be Tono, a rural town in the hills of central Iwate. Tonois best known as a repository of Japanese folklore due to its legends of supernatural creatures. Then we will visit the Sanrikuregion, the Pacific coast area which was badly hit by the March 2011 tsunami. The reconstruction process is still going on and will take many more years.

  • 2018-12-14T04:00:00-08:00