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A Taste of Life in Kyoto

Award-Winning Drama about Unknown Kyoto

This is a drama that allows you to enjoy Kyoto's restaurants that are not on tourist guides and that only Kyoto residents know about. Kana, a Tokyo resident, happens to stay in Kyoto for a short period of time. Kana visits real stores day after day and disc...

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Hideaki Anno: The Final Challenge of Evangelion

Anime's legendary Evangelion franchise is finally coming to an end. NHK spent four years with exclusive access to director Hideaki Anno, documenting the creative process behind the final installment, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time. For the first time, the camera is allowed inside Anno's stud...

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The Birth of a New Knit Brand

We followed the story of birth of new knit brand for 2 years.
What we sell is the most important thing…The director of new project fell in love with the high level of technology.

That day, the project members met for the first time to launch a new knit brand.
The project includes Yoshimasa Hosh...

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The Natural Lifestyle Special

This
is a show for outdoor lovers!
The popular section
“The Natural Lifestyle” that is being broadcast
on Niigata's information program “Evening Wide Niigata Ichiban”
has been made into a series.
Introducing seasonal trekking, apprentices who live with nature,
apprenticeships, rice planting, ...

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Made in Hiroshima Spearheading Innovation

Neuroscientist Kenichiro Mogi uses his unique perspective to uncover the appeal of industries unique to Hiroshima Prefecture. What is their secret to fostering innovation?
In the town of Saka in the Aki District, The DaikyoNishikawa Corporation is using tree resin to revolutionize plastic technolog...

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Koi Whisperer -NISHIKIGOI-

Yamakoshi, this is the place where nishikigoi originally came from.
This is a documentary of Koi farmers in Yamakoshi.
The rice paddies overflow with water from the freshly melted snow,
as do the wild ponds in which nishikigoi are raised.
The hills and valleys overflow with water and greenery.
...

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Circle of Life in the Japanese dance

A documentary of a dancer who dances Japanese traditional dance. Her name is Fujikawa Zuro. She has been studying dance since she was two years old.
She is challenging to keep a tradition while making a new generation of dance.

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum-- Passing Down Hiroshima's Memories

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum opened 10 years after the Atomic bomb was dropped, and it re-opened on April 25, 2019 after renovations. With a focus on real-life pictures, the museum displays mementos from those who perished, as well as pictures from the time of the bombing, and paintings from thos...

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Kendama World Cup Hatsukaichi 2019

Kendama has risen in popularity around the world to exceed its origins as a traditional toy. Its popularity has spread from Japan to America, Europe, and Asia, with Kendama competitions hosted all over the globe. Watch performances from foreign players who outshine even Japanese players. The Kendama...

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MY SECOND HOME IN HOKKAIDO

A heartwarming documentary to show how people connect the hearts between rural and urban.
Tokachi, eastern Hokkaido, is known as Japan’s largest farming area producing wealthy agricultural, dairy, and husbandry items. In this decade, farmers in Tokachi have been hosting more than 20,000 ...

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You Go, Cheer Boy!~The Only Boy on the Team~

We follow the story of one boy doing his best in the field of cheerleading, a competitive sport with a strong feminine image, and one boy trying his hardest to keep up. Out of a group of 35, he is the only male student. He says "At first, it was really hard..." so why did he join the cheer team? Wha...

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Life in Kitashinano: The Definition of Japan

North Shinano in northern Nagano Prefecture is a place where many foreigners now call home. Why do they live in North Shinano?
Through the lives of 4 foreigners who have settled here, we rediscover the charms of Japan, the beauty of North Shinano and learn what makes Japan so special to them.

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The secret of craftsmanship 2018

“Thinking nothing of trend but delivering their products to people who need”. This is the Yamagata craftsman’s spirit. We introduce their products and positive attitude toward the world markets from Yamagata. Here is the real secret of craftsmanship.

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"Become the Landscape"

Nishi Awakura Village is a small village north of Okayama Prefecture with a population of
about 1,500 people.
The forest occupies 96% of the village’s area, and half of it is made up of HINOKI (cypress).
This village once thrived on forestry, but recently it has been losing it’s vibrancy due to
...

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"Become the Landscape"

Nishi Awakura Village is a small village north of Okayama Prefecture with a population of
about 1,500 people.
The forest occupies 96% of the village’s area, and half of it is made up of HINOKI (cypress).
This village once thrived on forestry, but recently it has been losing it’s vibrancy due to
...

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(4k) Takeki Fujito – Ainu engraver

Mr. Takeki Fujito is the Ainu people in Japan. He lives in Lake Akan in Hokkaido.
He learned the professional skill of woodcarving from his father. He confronts the tree without drafting any drawings, and drilling at a stroke. "There are already the work in the trees, I only carve it out," he says...

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Koi-Baka

Narita Koi Farms raises and sells Nishikigoi (carp), or so-called the “swimming jewel”, in Komaki-shi, Aichi Prefecture. Narita Koi Farms is a small company with only seven employees, but has a unique and major characteristic. That is, they "polish(care)" the carp. They purchase young carp from farm...

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Made in HIROSHIMA

What makes the goods and famous products of Hiroshima great?
What are the secrets to its successful businesses?
Presenting the best things “Made in Hiroshima”, showing off fine techniques, food, and culture to Japan and the world.
We’ll search for the origin stories of Hiroshima businesses and re...

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The secret of craftsmanship 2017

The world’s eyes are on Yamagata’s industry.We present the secrets of Japanese craftsmanship.Showing how craftsmen pass on their passion for their craft to the next generation.

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Dairyou Masumasu

Detailed coverage on a town of female divers and fishermen in the Ise-Shima region. Ijika-cho, Toba, Mie prefecture is a small fishing harbor with a population of less than 500 where people have been living with the blessings of a bountiful sea for generations. Ijika is a town where the “wisdom of l...

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Fun & learn Hokkaido !!

Let’s have fun and learn Hokkaido ! Dig in Hokkaido with together !! We timely delve into a lot of interested topics in Hokkaido. This documentary program is curiosity tickling your intellectual !

【# 1 Take a spectacular view! Drone's world in Hokkaido】
Drone is called “Industrial revolution in...

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I have Parkinson's disease ~ a story on a successful entrepreneur and what drives him ~

This documentary program features an entrepreneur who tries to overcome the hardship of Parkinson's desease, never giving up his dreams.
Mr. Atsuhisa MATSUMURA , a 50-years-old business person, operates about 350 restaurants and the number is keeping going up. His business earns more than 30 billio...

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Wege aus der Katastrophe-Wie Fukushima die erobert-

Fukushima Prefecture is continuing promote the medical industry. The medical field is expecting large growth centered on developing nations. The medical industry in Fukushima can have a big impact on the regional economy. The value of Fukushima’s medical equipment market will double over the next 10...

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Witness "F"

The documentary program that focused on Fukuoka and Saga is Witness "F".
People's lives, incidents, disasters, welfare.
We deeply explain various themes deeply and politely.

专注于福冈和佐贺的纪录片节目是见证人“F”。
人民的生命,事件,灾难,福利。
我们深刻而礼貌地深入解释各种主题。

福岡や佐賀を焦点に制作したドキュメンタリー番組がWitness "F"です。
人々の生活、事件、災害、福祉。
様々...

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Craft Story of Yamagata

People in Yamagata take great pride in the craftsmanship that has been handed down for generations. From the perspective of traditional time-tested techniques, restoration technology, and state-of-the-art technology, we approach the essence of people's enthusiasm and skill.
Introduced in the progra...

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Amano Documentary

Takashi Amano is the founder of Nature Aquarium. In 2013, he was offered the chance to create the world’s largest nature aquarium being forty meters in length, at the Lisbon Oceanarium. The goal of this project is to portray the Earths natural beauty, which is believed to be diminishing by the day. ...

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YASA YASA

Detailed coverage on a town of female divers and fishermen in the Ise-Shima region.

Ijika-cho, Toba, Mie prefecture is a small fishing harbor with a population of less than 500 where people have been living with the blessings of a bountiful sea for generations. Ijika is a town where the “wisdom o...

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Behind the Lens Again A Press Photographer’s Lost Decade

In 2003, Hiroki Gomi, a photojournalist for the Mainichi Newspaper, was on his way back from covering the Iraq War when a metal fragment in his bag exploded, killing one and injuring five. The fragment was a cluster bomblet. Gomi was punitively dismissed from his job.
I (the director) used to work ...

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Just an Ordinary Family : 22 years of the lives of a couple with disabilities

Coverage that follows a severely disabled married couple from their marriage, giving birth, and raising their children, for 22 years.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Akimoto have cerebral palsy. They got married in 1992 as they sought independent from their parents. Before long, the couple had two children. Chil...

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SAMURAI Chef Documentary

Takeshi Akiyama, owner&chef,grew up in the TSUBAME-SANJO area in Niigata. He proud of his hometown and this is reflected in his choice of locally sourced ingredients, as well as quality tableware also manufactured in TSUBAME-SANJO.
He hopes success in TOKYO helps to promote the many special quolity...

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The Leader

Corporate and organization leaders are said to be loners.
They also seem to be unapproachable.
However, we want to know more about them, about goals they set, and how they tackle difficult decisions.
“The Leader” features a leader each time, and the documentary reveals a side of them never seen i...

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Made in Niigata

This program will introduce you to the artisans who create new products while keeping with the traditional methods of old.

We have 5 episodes and each episodes include 3 srtisan's stories.

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Memory of the World Message from Sakubei Yamamoto ~ A miner-painter’s link to the future

At the age of seven, Sakubei Yamamoto entered a coal mine with his parents; this was the beginning of his 50 year career at the Chikuho mines in Fukuoka prefecture. The mines were pitch black and humid, and the threat of collapse or flooding was never far from the miner’s minds.
After retiring, Sak...

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TOMORROW

As Japan continues to work toward recovery from the devastation of the Great East Japan Earthquake, a variety of new projects are getting underway. Experts and scientists in many fields including such things as environmental studies, energy management, disaster prevention, industry, education, commu...

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An Eden For Two

After World War 2, Japan experienced an economic boom, and became a wealthy society. One couple fought against the materialism, choosing otherwise to live deep in the mountains without electricity, a telephone, or plumbing. They are Torao Tanaka (Aged 77) and his wife Fusako(72). Soon after Torao re...

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Passionate People

By closely covering the daily lives and activities of the "passionate people," this 25-minute documentary depicts the charm and real self of an athlete, a performer, a musician, a scholar and many other who are active in the front lines.

Marie Kondo, Organizing Consultant
Author of the best-sell...