Video Japan

(Videoserie, 4 VHS Kassetten, 1996)

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Past, present and future: Washi - unique Japanese paper culture

Washi will be introduced as an outstanding aspect of traditional culture and as a useful cultural practice that has endured even into modern times. By presenting the features and products of washi, this program portrays the history of how and wisdom with which the Japanese have skillfully incorporated washi into daily living from five perspectives: (1) production, (2) wrapping, (3) folding, (4) art and (5) use.

(1) Production: introduction of the production process of washi and several washi products being used in different aspects of daily life.

(2) Wrapping: introduction of several wrapping methods using washi.

(3) Folding: demonstration of origami (the art of paper folding) and several origami works.

(4) Art: interview with artists that create works using washi who explain why they use washi and a presentation of their works.

(5) Use: introduction of surprising ways of using washi and Japanese unique restoration technique.



Shikoku: an island in time

This program aims to present the dignity and charm of Japanese history by introducing "Shikoku" which is known as an island of pilgrimage. Shikoku is widely known throughout Japan as an island of pilgrimage. The pilgrimages of which the original routes remain intact and the attire of ehenrof (pilgrims) which can be said to represent the original form of the pilgrimage are surely highly interesting and fascinating. "Shikoku" has been portrayed mainly from the four angles below:

(1) Introduction of exotic charm which centers on the religious atmosphere surrounding pilgrims and a Buddhist saint, Kobo Taishi.

(2) Introduction of Shikokufs majestic natural beauty together with the haiku poetry of Shiki Masaoka.

(3) Introduction of the footprints of John Manjiro who was probably the first Japanese to travel to the U.S.

(4) Introduction of the "Awa Odori (Awa Dance)" which is a conspicuously  resplendent event among Japanese festivals.



The healthy Japanese diet

Sushi, Tempura, Sukiyaki, and Shabu Shabu are now becoming familiar Japanese foods.
Why? Because Japanese food has the image of being equivalent the health food. The belief that such Japanese food as sushi and tempura is healthy food is, of course, a misunderstanding. The fact that the diet of Japanfs common people in ancient times is ideal even from a nutritional standpoint, however, has even been explained at a conference of the World Nutrition Society. In other words, the difference lies more on the cooking methods than on the ingredients. That is, the difference can be said to lie in the cooking methods often employed in Japanese cuisine which consist of steaming and grilling instead of frying and deep-frying. This program thus introduces healthy Japanese dishes that can be prepared with ingredients that can be easily obtained.



Travel wise in Japan

The most well-known Japanese cities are... Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Hong Kong?! Unfortunately, this type of misunderstanding is still quite common today. People are interested in learning more about all of Japan, that is, not its inorganic urban areas or its traditional capitals of ancient eras, but its small towns and villages that offer magnificent natural beauty and simple human kindness. There is actually also a great demand for etrips that permit chance encounters with peoplef and etrips to Japanfs countrysidef which do not conform to stereotype sightseeing routes. At present, however, such trips are actually difficult to arrange. On the other hand, many local governments have keenly recognized the need for international integration and have thus been making various experimental attempts. What happens when epeople who wish to travelf and epeople who hope for visitorsf are linked across national boundaries by the medium of television? This program presents beautiful sights in eHida Takayamaf and eBeppuf while offering a full range of sightseeing information required by tourists.


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