NHK Cycle Around Japan – Memories from the Road Spirit of the North (2020)

NHK Cycle Around Japan – Memories from the Road: Spirit of the North (2020)
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Selected moments from rides in the north country, cherry blossoms in spring and red leaves in fall. In Aomori Prefecture, northernmost part of Japan’s main Honshu island, we encounter its traditional tenacity of spirit in young children learning to master the local style of shamisen playing. In neighboring Akita Prefecture, children sing songs handed down for generations, tales of fishermen, their families and the sea. Finally, in Fukushima Prefecture, we see how Aizu still lives by the code of its mountain samurai clan, famed for staying true to their principles. [Read more…]

NHK Cycle Around Japan – Memories From the Road Life on the Islands (2020)

NHK Cycle Around Japan – Memories From the Road: Life on the Islands (2020)
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Selected moments from past trips to Japan’s smaller islands, exploring their unique cultures and ways of life. Riding a scenic cycling route spanning the Seto Inland Sea, we learn how an island community’s hopes for the future rest on the students of their tiny school. On the Oki Islands off Japan’s west coast, we stand atop its awesome cliffs before getting hands-on in an island sumo ring, and on southern Miyakojima, we taste the ocean in the local tofu and the island’s history in its traditional music. [Read more…]

NHK Cycle Around Japan – Tottori Grit and Grace (2020)

NHK Cycle Around Japan – Tottori: Grit and Grace (2020)
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Our New Zealand cyclist begins his ride through Tottori Prefecture with a fat bike tour of its spectacular 16-km long sand dunes. In the mountains, he drops in to a high school calligraphy club where he is hugely impressed by the way these young girls have created a powerful performance using traditional brush calligraphy and music. Returning to the coast, he’s amazed by hearing from farmers how their ancestors’ hard work and inventiveness produced techniques for growing food in sand. Join us, and discover this unique part of Japan. [Read more…]

NHK Cycle Around Japan – Hyogo A Legacy for the Future (2019)

NHK Cycle Around Japan – Hyogo: A Legacy for the Future (2019)
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This 300-km autumn ride starts from the great international port of Kobe. Cycling across the mountains to explore Hyogo Prefecture’s inland areas, we discover some unique local cultures. We learn how a farming couple rescued a rare and tasty type of bean, meet the last craftsman making a castle town’s traditional wicker trunks, ride along a scenic coast with a cycling team of local innkeepers and merchants, and find out how a husband and wife team put their tiny country smokehouse on the world gourmet map. [Read more…]

NHK Cycle Around Japan – Miyagi An Unshaken Spirit (2019)

NHK Cycle Around Japan – Miyagi: An Unshaken Spirit (2019)
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Miyagi Prefecture is a beautiful part of Japan, and in autumn its seas and mountains are at their most scenic. Towns along this coast that were devastated by the great tsunami in 2011 have now almost completely been restored. Throughout this 300-km cycle adventure, we’ll encounter the irrepressible spirit of people who shrugged off disaster and the loss of loved ones to rebuild their lives, as we visit a workshop making salt the ancient way and a local festival that kept spirits high when times were tough. [Read more…]

NHK Cycle Around Japan – Oki Islands A Legacy of Pride (2019) 720p HDTV

NHK Cycle Around Japan – Oki Islands: A Legacy of Pride (2019) 720p HDTV
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In a 150-km summer cycle ride, Michael Rice explores the remote Oki Islands, deeply forested and surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Sea of Japan. Riding in his triathlon gear, he’s ready for a dip whenever Nishinoshima’s beaches offer the chance. On Nakanoshima, he meets the 48th descendant of a proud family that looked after an exiled former emperor 8 centuries ago, and still cares for his tomb. And on Dogo, the largest island, he tries his hand at traditional Oki sumo wrestling. [Read more…]