TV Station CBC
The Tragedy of the Mt. Ontake Eruption: Living on an Island of Volcanoes
｜Length : 48min ｜Year : 2015 ｜
Midday September 27, 2014, some 250 people at the summit of Mt. Ontake were caught completely unaware by a sudden and violent explosive eruption that sent volcanic rocks and ash raining down on them. Sixty-three people died or went missing that day in the single greatest volcanic disaster in postwar Japanese history.
Living with the possibility of a volcanic eruption is a fact of life for many Japanese people. Is Japan doing enough in the way of volcanic disaster awareness and prevention to keep its people safe? This documentary examines what went wrong at Mt. Ontake and explores issues with Japan’s volcano disaster prevention warning system.
Shining Scrap-Metal – My Dad’s Life May Seem A Waste But It’s Really Brilliant! -
｜Length : 58min. ｜Year : 2002 ｜
The story centers-around a man who has been creating useless robots using scrap metal at his workshop alone in the mountains. He is 61 years of age. When asked, "Why do you make such things?" he always answers, "There's no meaning behind it." This same man also plays his beloved harmonica whenever he's not hard at work creating something. "I do what I want, whenever I want to do it, for as long as I like." That's him!
Two Lives and an Old Mountain Lodge
山小屋カレー～ 2004 年秋篇～ [CBC]
｜Length : 47min. ｜Year : 2005 ｜
This is the story of the Gozaisho Mountain Lodge, an old lodge that has stood for over 70 years on the side of Mount Gozaisho-1212 m(3976 ft), in Mie Prefecture.
At the time of filming, Masaichi Sasaki was 94 years old, and his wife Harue was 92. The elderly couple run the lodge completely on their own. At the lodge's peak, almost 10,000 people a year visited, but the building and furnishings have aged, and only about 300 people come each year now.
The elderly couple love their independent life and have no desire to give it up. Harue asks, "Who wants to take orders from somebody?" And Masaichi agrees: "We are free to live as we choose. That's how we like it".