TV Station KTN
Along the Way – A Year of a Monk –
道ゆきて ある僧侶の一年 [KTN]
｜Length : 48min. ｜Year : 1995 ｜
This documentary offers an interesting view of the spiritual side of Japan. It tells the story of Shinsuke Kaneko, a Zen monk and co-founder of Zenshin-ji temple. Drawing on what he has learned from his own battle with cancer, Kaneko gives regular lectures on Life and Death. We also see him tending his dying mother. Along with the Catholic Hospital in Nagasaki, Kaneko believes that it is not enough to just tend to the health of the body: the health of the soul is just as important.
The Portrait of My Mother – An American : Tsuyoshi, After the War –
母の肖像 アメリカ人ツヨシの戦後 [KTN]
｜Length : 48min. ｜Year : 1994 ｜
The son of a Japanese woman and an American serviceman, Tsuyoshi Matsumoto was placed in a children's home at age 2 and ten years later adopted by American naval officer and taken to America. But young Tsuyoshi yearned to know his roots and find his mother. After growing to manhood and completing a tour of duty in Vietnam, he returned to Japan. It was too late: his mother was already dead but was still able to piece together some of the details of her life and his beginnings.