88 Hours Meltdown

What You Taught Me About My Son

In 2007, a young Japanese with severe autism wrote a book titled The Reason I Jump. Authored by Naoki Higashida, it reveals the inner heart of a person with autism and has become an international bestseller translated into over 20 languages. This success is due to author David Mitchell, who has an autistic son. Having had experience living in Japan, David could read the book in Japanese and felt that his own son was speaking to him through Naoki’s words, providing insight into such behaviors as head banging and uncontrolled vocalization. He translated the essays into English to help other families around the world who grapple with autism. In March 2014, David visited Naoki in Japan, where they had a moving encounter. This is the story of international hope, engendered by interaction between a young Japanese with autism and an English author.

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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