Journeys in Japan Season 1

Season 1

Journeys in Japan Season 1

First Air Date: February 02, 2010

First Aired on    :   2010
Episodes    :   35 episodes



Episodes

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1x35 Koyasan, Wakayama: A Temple Stay to Recharge (December 21, 2010)


This week on "Journeys in Japan" we visit Koyasan in Wakayama Prefecture. It's an ancient Buddhist sanctuary, far removed from the secular world. More than 1000 priests reside in the mountain hamlet, engaged in daily ascetic practices.


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1x34 Kanazawa City, Ishikawa: City of Gold Leaf (December 14, 2010)


In this week's Journeys in Japan, we visit Kanazawa city in Ishikawa Prefecture, where 99% of the gold leaf in Japan is made.


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1x33 Yakushima, Kagoshima: Enchanting Yakushima (December 07, 2010)


Yakushima is located 60 kilometers off Kagoshima Prefecture, in Japan's southern main island of Kyushu. It's blanketed in lush forest, and has mountains that soar nearly 2,000 meters above sea level. With its more than 1,000-year-old ancient cedars and unique ecosystem created by abundant rainfall and warm climate, Yakushima has been registered as a World Heritage site.


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1x32 Iya Valley, Tokushima: Exploring the Remote Iya Valley (November 30, 2010)


On this edition of Journeys in Japan , we visit the Iya Valley, in the center of Shikoku.


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1x31 Hachimantai, Akita: Akita's Hidden Hot Springs: Traditional Onsen Therapy (November 23, 2010)


Because of Japan's volcanic terrain, natural hot springs are found throughout country. Known as onsen, they are one of the highlights of any visit to Japan. On this edition of "journeys in japan," Judit is visiting Hachimantai, in the northern part of Honshu, Japan's main island.


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1x30 Kure, Hiroshima: Gourmet Life in A Port City (November 16, 2010)


Kure is a 30 minute train ride from Hiroshima. The port town has a population of 250-thousand. The historic shipbuilding town still turns out large tankers and other vessels. It's a major marine transportation hub in the Seto Inland Sea with hundreds of ships going in and out of the port daily. It developed in the Meiji Period around the establishment of a naval base. The sea, ships and navy are woven into Kure's history. Today, we'll explore the culinary culture nurtured in this port town.


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1x29 A Passion for Industrial Structures: Exploring People's Passion for Industrial Structure Tours: This Time in Kanagawa, Gunma, Nagasaki Prefectures (November 09, 2010)


Adeyto visits three sites, starting in Kawasaki for a night factory tour. Next Adeyto travels north of Tokyo to rural Gunma Prefecture to take in a vast chamber located deep inside a mountain. The final destination of Adeyto's tour of man-made structures is a deserted island in Nagasaki Prefecture.


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1x28 Shimanami Kaido, Hiroshima/Ehime: A Cycling Tour: Refreshing Breezes at the Seto Inland Sea (November 02, 2010)


The Seto Inland Sea located in western Japan is the country's largest inland sea. There is a road which runs across the inland sea and connects a chain of small islands. It is known as Shimanami Kaido. A 60 km long road which connects Onomichi City in Hiroshima Prefecture in Honshu island and Imabari City in Ehime Prefecture in Shikoku island has become a popular cycling route and gathers cyclists from all over Japan. In today's "journeys in japan", our reporter travels this road on his bicycle and introduces the Shimanami Kaido which allows you to take in the beautiful scenery while crossing the sea and islands in the inland sea.


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1x27 Aizu, Fukushima: A Taste of Tradition and Scenic Charm (October 26, 2010)


Nelson Babin-Coy is off to explore the Aizu region in Fukushima Prefecture by train.


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1x26 Hita City, Oita (October 19, 2010)


Hita City in Oita Prefecture is a quiet town with a population of about 70-thousand, located in northern part of Kyushu in southwestern Japan. It is surrounded by many mountains, including the Aso-Kuju and the Hiko mountain systems.


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1x25 Izu-Oshima, Tokyo: Island of Marathon Dreams (October 12, 2010)


Izu-Oshima, the largest of the seven islands in the Izu chain, lies 120 kilometers south of Tokyo. It was formed by volcanic action, and the volcano in the center of the island is still active. Because of its size, hilly terrain and tranquil environment, Oshima is a popular training base for long-distance runners.


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1x24 Karatsu, Saga: Karatsu with an Homage to Jacques Mayo (October 05, 2010)


On this week's "journeys in japan," we visit Karatsu city in Saga prefecture. The area, which looks out to the sea, is blessed with a warm climate. People here have long enjoyed marine sports.


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1x23 Ashikaga City, Tochigi (September 28, 2010)


Tochigi Prefecture is situated in the most northern part of the Kantō region, and is a prefecture that is inland, not facing the coast. Though only 70 kilometers away from Tokyo, it is an area that still retains a lush mountain landscape. This program goes on a journey to visit the people who live in the natural environment of such a mountainous area, taking a look at their work and everyday lives.


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1x22 Uchiko, Ehime: A Town Built upon the Thoughts of Its People (September 21, 2010)


This time, "journeys in japan" will travel to Uchiko on the island of Shikoku. Surrounded by mountains and blessed with abundant nature it is situated almost at the center of Ehime Prefecture.


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1x21 Sekita Mountain Range, Nagano/Niigata: Into the Wild Long Trail in Satoyama (September 14, 2010)


The Sekita mountain range, soaring 1000 meters above sea level, straddles Nagano and Niigata Prefectures. Hikers can now walk along it on the "Shin-etsu Trail."


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1x20 Spring & Summer 2010 Highlights (September 07, 2010)


On this edition, we present the highlights from our past broadcasts. Our Reporters travel across Japan, where they discover fascinating local culture and people.


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1x19 Nara, Nara: Nara Heijokyo, Celebrating 1300 Years of Culture (August 03, 2010)


Nara was established as the capital more than 1000 years ago. It was the country's first major administrative center and was called Heijo-kyo. This year marks the 1300th anniversary of Heijo-kyo and the city is hosting many commemorative events, including the unveiling of re-created palace buildings. Our reporter Ayana Fuentes Uno visits the ancient capital, which became the foundation of a nation.


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1x18 Sendai & Matsushima, Miyagi: In the Footsteps of a Renowned Warlord (July 27, 2010)


Sendai is the biggest city in northeastern Japan. It's also the hometown of Kumiko Mori, a popular singer and entertainer who appearis frequently on stage and TV. She meets up with NHK WORLD reporter Vincent Giry, and they visit many spots connected with the samurai warlord Date Masamune, who founded Sendai some 400 years ago as his castle town and military base.


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1x17 Minabe, Wakayama: Town of Forests and Orchards (July 20, 2010)


On this edition of journeys in japan, JJ visits Minabe, Wakayama Pref., whose products are an essential part of Japanese food culture.


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1x16 Mino City, Gifu (July 13, 2010)


In this week's Journeys in Japan, we visit Mino City in Aichi Prefecture, a town famous for Japanese traditional paper "Washi".


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1x15 Geo-Touring in Kyushu (July 06, 2010)


Geoparks, created by UNESCO's initiative in 2004, are aimed for people to learn more about the Earth and for invigorating local economies by using the parks for tourism. This time, we travel by car, starting from one of the geoparks - Mount Unzen in Shimabara, to Sakurajima in Kagoshima.


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1x14 Yonezawa City, Yamagata: The City with a Warrior's Legacy (June 29, 2010)


On this edition of "journeys in japan" we head to northern Japan to visit a historic city with a warrior legacy -- Yonezawa in Yamagata prefecture. For long years, it flourished as a castle town and was a home to many samurai. Our reporter JJ explores its samurai legacy.


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1x13 Miyazu City, Kyoto - Amanohashidate: Japan's Scenic Treasure (June 22, 2010)


The pine-studded sandbar spans Miyazu Bay, facing the Sea of Japan in northern Kyoto. The accumulation of white river sand over thousands of years sculpted this impressive strip of land, which has been the subject of significant poems and paintings for more than 1000 years. In this edition of "journeys in japan," our reporter, Judit Kawaguchi, meets the warm residents of this gorgeous area where history is very much alive.


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1x12 Naruto, Tokushima (June 15, 2010)


This week, we will focus on Naruto City in Tokushima Prefecture and introduce people who have made use of the bounties of nature in unusual ways to create products with added value.


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1x11 Himeji, Hyogo (June 01, 2010)


On this edition of 'journeys in japan', we visit Himeji Castle, one of the few castles in Japan that have managed to survive in their original form, the way they were built about four centuries ago.


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1x10 Toyokawa, Aichi (May 25, 2010)


In this week's journeys in japan, we visit the Toyokawa Inari in Aichi Prefecture, one of the largest Inari temples in Japan.


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1x09 Northern Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka: Suruga Bay's Bountiful Nature (May 18, 2010)


In this edition, JJ goes to a secluded part of northern Izu Peninsula, facing Suruga Bay. Suruga Bay, the deepest bay in Japan, extends 2,500 meters below sea level.


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1x08 Tottori Sand Dunes, Tottori: Land of Majestic Dunes (May 11, 2010)


In this week's journeys in japan, we visit the Tottori Sand Dunes, the largest in Japan, in Tottori Prefecture. The Tottori Sand Dunes skirt the Sea of Japan in the southwestern part of Japan. The dunes were created naturally over 100,000 years by sediments carried from the mountains down the river and eventually blown up onto the shore.


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1x07 Oshino Village, Yamanashi: Living Close to Mt. Fuji (April 27, 2010)


In this episode of "journeys in japan", our reporter, Adeyto, visits Oshino Village in Yamanashi Prefecture, in the northern foothills of Mt. Fuji., Japan's highest mountain.


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1x06 Tsukuba, Ibaraki: A City with State-of-the-Art Technology (April 20, 2010)


This week, "journeys in japan" visits a city of science -- Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture, at the foot of Mt. Tsukuba.


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1x05 Kamakura, Kanagawa: Discovering Japan's samurai spirit (April 13, 2010)


Kamakura lies on the coast to the south of Tokyo, surrounded on three sides by hills, and looking out to the sea. Eight centuries ago, a samurai warrior seized power and set up his capital here. Today on "journeys in japan", our reporters search out the samurai spirit that's been passed down since ancient times.


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1x04 Naoshima, Kagawa: Island of Art (April 06, 2010)


The navigator for this episode of "journeys in japan" is opera director Dario Ponissi. His destination is Naoshima of Kagawa Prefecture, a small island in the Seto Inland Sea, with a population of some 3300. Naoshima has gathered global attention as a center of contemporary art.


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1x03 Furano, Hokkaido: Traversing Snowy Furano by Dog Sled (March 30, 2010)


Furano, located just about in the center of Hokkaido Prefecture is becoming a popular destination for foreign skiers.


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1x02 Toyama City, Toyama (March 02, 2010)


Toyama is a city surrounded by tall mountains and has a population of 400,000. It's a place where unique businesses have sprung up since the days of old.


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1x01 Fukuoka City, Fukuoka: Rediscovering Asia in Fukuoka (February 02, 2010)


Fukuoka facing the Genkai Sea has been geographically and historically a city open to East Asia. It still maintains links with many Asian countries-- from Port of Fukuoka, there is a ferry which runs between Fukuoka and Busan in the Republic of Korea. Walking through the city, our reporter Vincent encounters a wide variety of things which ties to East Asia.