NHK – The Fall of Freedom (2019) 720p HDTV

NHK – The Fall of Freedom (2019) 720p HDTV
English | Size: 831 MB
Category: Documentary

In the mid-1920’s, during the so-called "Taisho Democracy," people in Japan were embracing political liberalism and Western ideas, and enjoying unprecedented freedom. But just 10 years later, nationalism and militarism were on the rise and the country was rushing toward war – urged on by a nationalist newspaper called The Nihon Shimbun. Why did this one media outlet have such a profound influence on political life in Japan? [Read more…]

NHK – Helping Hands The Lives of Atomic Bomb Orphans (2019) 720p HDTV

NHK – Helping Hands: The Lives of Atomic Bomb Orphans (2019) 720p HDTV
English | Size: 923 MB
Category: Documentary

Some 6,500 children are believed to have lost their parents when an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. Many wandered the streets. Some died of hunger and disease, but others were able to survive thanks to helping hands. A number of Americans backed a movement to support the orphans. In South Korea, poor people helped a parentless child with love, as if they were all family. The program shows the goodwill that war could not destroy. [Read more…]

NHK Train Cruise – Summer Reflections in the North (2019) 720p HDTV

NHK Train Cruise – Summer Reflections in the North (2019) 720p HDTV
English | Size: 1.11 GB
Category: Tutorial

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Our stage this time is Hokkaido Prefecture in the north of Japan. There are many sites worth visiting, such as the hills that display a colorful tapestry under blue skies, Japan’s most vast flower gardens, and a serene lake perfect for canoeing. Among the trains that run along this route, the most popular might possibly be the summertime-only sightseeing train, from which you can fully enjoy the summer winds and views. There is even a nostalgic, 40-year-old diesel engine that runs on this line. [Read more…]

NHK Kabuki Kool – Kabuki Villains (2019) 720p HDTV

NHK Kabuki Kool – Kabuki Villains (2019) 720p HDTV
English | Size: 526 MB
Category: Documentary

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Every hero needs a good villain, and kabuki has everything from ambitious schemers to vile seducers, and even the odd comic villain. Actor Kataoka Ainosuke explores the roles’ appeal. [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
English | Size: 1.26 GB
Category: Documentary

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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…]

NHK – Matagi Worshipping Bears (2019) 720p HDTV

NHK – Matagi: Worshipping Bears (2019) 720p HDTV
English | Size: 1.45 GB
Category: Documentary


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Since ancient times, mountain people known as “matagi” have supported themselves in the snow country of Japan by hunting bears. One of the last “matagi” communities that continues the traditional ways is located in the foothills of Mt. Chokai, a famous peak in the northern Tohoku mountains. There, bears are worshipped as messengers of the mountain gods, and bears that are shot are considered divine blessings that provide crucial sustenance. Today the “matagi” have nearly vanished because of depopulation and environmental changes that make it difficult to sustain their lifestyle. Yet, some continue to pursue the traditional way of life while seeking a harmonious relationship with nature.
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NHK – The Spirit of Kendo (2018) 720p HDTV

NHK – The Spirit of Kendo (2018) 720p HDTV
English | Size: 1.04 GB
Category: Documentary


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Hidehisa Nishimura is a national champion of kendo – one of Japan’s traditional martial arts. His signature move is the so-called “Lightning Kote.” He flings into the opponent’s arms at the perfect timing and gains a point. It is the skill Nishimura, who is rather short as a kendo competitor, polished to win. But now he always attacks and wins without retreating. This is quite opposite to his previous style. He decided to change his style when he saw the victims of the Kumamoto Earthquake he rescued. We followed him spending days on a thorny path trying to master kendo without regret under the pressure of winning for 2 consecutive years. [Read more…]

NHK Kabuki Kool – The Super Thief Ishikawa Goemon (2019) 720p HDTV

NHK Kabuki Kool – The Super Thief Ishikawa Goemon (2019) 720p HDTV
English | Size: 601 MB
Category: Tutorial


Ishikawa Goemon is a legendary thief from the late 16th century who appears in several kabuki plays. Actor Kataoka Ainosuke explores what makes this figure so popular.
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NHK – Kimono Revolution (2019) 720p HDTV

NHK – Kimono Revolution (2019) 720p HDTV
English | Size: 1.0 GB
Category: Documentary


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Yoshimasa Takakura, a kimono shop owner from Fukuoka Prefecture has launched an unprecedented project: to produce elaborate kimono representing every single one of the 206 countries and regions around the world. His goal? The 2020 Tokyo Olympics … he’d like to see all the placard bearers wear the kimono at the opening ceremony. Takakura is fighting to save the declining kimono industry by calling on artisans from all around Japan to come together and create innovative designs. The program follows Takakura’s quest to bring new life to an old tradition. [Read more…]

NHK Kabuki Kool – The Super Thief Ishikawa Goemon (2019) 720p HDTV

NHK Kabuki Kool – The Super Thief Ishikawa Goemon (2019) 720p HDTV
English | Size: 601 MB
Category: Documentary


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Ishikawa Goemon is a legendary thief from the late 16th century who appears in several kabuki plays. Actor Kataoka Ainosuke explores what makes this figure so popular. [Read more…]