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SERIES The Unsung Experts of Japan | Hanabishi – The Fireworks Masters -

DC029301Documentary

ワザあり!にっぽん | 名門花火師三代目の腕 青木多門・昭夫親子 [CTV]

|Length : 27min. |Year : 1993

Every summer for hundreds of years, Japanese skies have lit up to the delight of old and young alike. Such marvelous pyrotechnics are the product of special expertise demanding skill, dedication and considerable creativity: it is not easy to become a fireworks master. In this fascinating study of a unique craft we watch the father and son team of Tamon and Akio Aoki prepare meticulously for a major - and impressive - display at Ise Shrine.

SERIES The Unsung Experts of Japan | The Cormorant Catcher – Supporting the Ancient Sport of Cormorant Fishing -

DC029302Documentary

ワザあり!にっぽん | 野生の鵜を捕る男 鵜捕獲人・沼田弘幸 [CTV]

|Length : 27min. |Year : 1993

Although the Japanese have practiced ukai, or cormorant fishing for over a thousand years, cormorants are now a protected species and for some time, until his son Takeshi received license, the only man in Japan with a license to catch these creatures for training was Hiroyuki Numata. As much about humanity as it is about nature, this documentary offers a rare look at how the traditional secrets of an ancient craft are passed on from one generation to another.

SERIES The Unsung Experts of Japan | Urushi – The Traditional Art of Japanese Lacquer -

DC029403Documentary

ワザあり!にっぽん | 日本の贅沢!漆の里に甦る浄法寺塗り 岩舘正二・隆親子 [CTV]

|Length : 27min. |Year : 1994

Japanese "urushi" lacquerware is justifiably famous worldwide for its exquisite finish. This program shows every step in the lacquerware process from the painstaking collection of drops of sap from lacquer trees in the hills, to the laborious processing of the sap into lacquer and the creation of the lacquerware itself. With many turning to cheap, imported lacquers, 70-year-old Shoji iwadate and his son Takashi may be among the last craftsmen to practice this traditional art.

SERIES The Unsung Experts of Japan | Wara – The Technique of Wrapping with Straw -

DC029404Documentary

ワザあり!にっぽん | 陶磁の浪漫をワラで包む 有田焼荷師・橋本勝 [CTV]

|Length : 27min. |Year : 1994

For centuries, straw or "wara" has been used to wrap priceless Arita pottery. Although straw is strong, pliable, readily available, cheap, and environmentally friendly, the technique is unfortunately a dying art. Among the few craftsmen who keep the old traditions alive, 70-year-old Masaru Hashimoto shows how straw can be used for just about anything from the most delicate porcelain to massive pots. This is a fascinating study of a fascinating tradition.

SERIES The Unsung Experts of Japan | Mizuhiki – The Art of Decorative Cords -

DC029405Documentary

ワザあり!にっぽん | 祝いを結ぶ 水引細工・津田剛八郎 千枝 [CTV]

|Length : 27min. |Year : 1994

Traditionally, money or gifts are presented wrapped in special hand-made paper bound with decorative strings tied in a stylized knot. These strings are made from coated paper called "mizuhiki", with different colors for different occasions. Nowadays, most "mizuhiki" are made by machines, but there are still a few craftsmen, like Ume Tsuda and her daughter Chie and son-in-law Gohachiro who work together to make creatively designed "mizuhiki" with traditional techniques.

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