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A deep-sea tuna fisherman blown by the wind

DC211029Documentary

風に吹かれて 遠洋マグロ漁師になりたい [KHB]

|Length : 27min. |Year : 2010

In February 2009, Hayato Imahara, 23, was laid off by a leading automaker due to worldwide economic depression. Born in an isolated island off Kyushu, he decided to become a crewmember of a deep-sea tuna fishing boat to realize his dream of working in the ocean. Luckily, he was accepted by a company in Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture. Inexperienced Imahara made a mess of everything during training before departure. The novice fisherman started his 11-month voyage with expectation and anxiety about the unknown world.

Believe in a Brighter Future: Nature’s Recovery after The Quake

DC221219Documentary

グリーンキャンペーン 豊かな未来を信じて [KHB]

|Length : 46min. |Year : 2012

The Great East Japan Earthquake devastated the nature along the Miyagi Prefecture coastline. Will the rich ecosystems that once existed in the bays and estuaries ever return to their original state?
This program focuses on the Miyagi coastline nature through the actions of the people working together to restore it.
The Gamo Tidal Flat was once home to a treasure trove of precious plants and animals; a wetland region spread over 11 hectares at the entrance to the Nanakita River in northern Sendai city.
The bottom feeding animals and other creatures on the flat provided sustenance for the migratory birds, as they rested on their long journey. There were more than 10 species of crabs prior to the disaster, but the population has dropped severely.
However, scenes of rejuvenation were captured, such as the birthing scene of the red-clawed crab and other chance encounters with species thought lost in the disaster.
The Japanese honey bee is a symbol of the verdant Japanese countryside.
The children of Ishinomaki city have built hive boxes from the tsunami debris. These will be set up along the Miyagi coastline by an NPO group to see whether the bees remain active in the disaster area. It's hoped that the production of honey will lead to a rejuvenated economy and job creation in the region.
In the event that they don't attract any bees, there's also another project under way which aims to replant the bees' lost habitats.
In Watari town, locals have begun their dream of rebuilding the lost tide-control forest in a century-long project. 50 participants will take on the challenge of creating a new tide-control forest 400 metres wide and 4 km long.
Their dreams are slowly revealing themselves through the planning and discussions of what shape they'd like the new forest to take. The planting will officially begin from 2015 and beyond. The future trees are now seedlings being cultivated for their future role. The goal is to plant 100,000 hardwood and 100,000 Japanese black pine trees.
Although they will not be around when the next century arrives, the participants are working hard to leave a legacy that will remain for their children in the forest project.

Zuiganji Temple, A National Treasure

DC270931Documentary

国宝 瑞巌寺 [KHB]

|Length : 55min. |Year : 2009

Zuiganji Temple, a national treasure established by local lord Masamune Date, marked its 400th anniversary in 2009. Masamune was 37 when he began its construction. Masamune was so passionate about erecting the temple that he staked out the building site himself, and specially ordered lumber from the Kishu district.
As we examined its history, some intriguing mysteries emerged.
"Why did Masamune build Zuiganji in Matsushima?" "Why is the approach to Zuiganji Temple angled?" "What is the meaning behind the "fusuma-e" luxuriously painted sliding doors?"
We filmed the national treasure Zuiganji Temple over the course of a year. While capturing the beautiful scenery of Matsushima in all four seasons, we reveal the secrets behind these mysteries.

Murone Shrine Grand Festival

DC271032Documentary

守り続けて1300年 みちのくの荒祭り [KHB]

|Length : 30min. |Year : 2010

Murone Shrine was built in Mutsu Province (now Ichinoseki city in Iwate prefecture) when they re-enshrined a god, Kumano-no-kami, of the Kii Province during the Nara period, to pray for their success in conquering Ezo, or present day Hokkaido. This program captures the festival which is held to welcome the god. People who run the festival are called "Jin-yaku," and their role is passed down through the generations of families who can trace their lineage to the people who moved from the Province of Kii 1300 years ago. The highlight of this 3-day festival is the "Matsuriba event," held in the early morning on the third day. In complete darkness, two mikoshi, or portable shrines, are carried out and raced down the steep slope of a mountain. The race continues until the portable shrines are elevated and settled in their temporary location at the foot of the mountain. This program introduces the entire festival, while capturing the challenges of the people who face having to pass down these rituals to the next generation.

Bonds Born Through Football – A year with 2 Coaches

DC281149Documentary

ボールが結んだ心の絆 ~熱血サッカーコーチの1年に密着 [KHB]

|Length : 30min. |Year : 2011

Vegalta Sendai makes its home in Sendai, a city known for its greenery. In the subdivisions of this club, there are 2 young coaches who coach children in hopes of cultivating them into professional football players. ( These 2 coaches are Coach Kazunori Inoue and Coach Naoto Fukuda of the Sendai Vegalta Player Development Division. ) In January of 2011, these 2 coaches took a trip to coach football to children in Ethiopia. With a population of 80 million, football is very popular in Ethiopia. When you ask the children what they want to be when they grow up, they answer almost in unison that they want to be pro-football players. The football field of the elementary school the coaches visit first is laden with huge rocks making it a dangerous environment to play in. Their footballs are made from old clothes being stitched together so when the children get the chance to play with a real football, they all run after it excitedly. This is the only way they know how to play football as they imitate what they see on TV. So it was big news when they heard football coaches would be coming from Japan as they do not yet know how an actual football practice is carried out. Their bright eyes fixed on the coaches fill with expectations and hopes. The coaches struggle at communicating to the children drills that can be done with a few footballs to many people like dribbling and passing. At first the confusion the children felt was evident. However, the children gradually began to feed off the coaches' enthusiasm. The joy of playing football with your friends turned the expressions on the children's faces to smiles. The 2 coaches feel the bonds created from football as they head for home. However, soon after arriving in Japan, they are met by a great earthquake and a giant tsunami in their home towns. The Japanese children whose footballs and football shoes were washed away by the tsunami hope for the day they can play football again with all of their friends. The coaches become busy bringing aid to the disaster-stricken areas in hopes of giving the children a chance to play football as soon as possible. In the midst of all this, they receive a message from the children of Ethiopia filled with concern for the disaster and gratitude for what the coaches taught them.

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