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Mountains for All Seasons – Japan’s Southern Alps –

DC219411Documentary

南アルプス讃歌 日本最大山塊の四季 [SBC]

|Length : 46min. |Year : 1994

As the seasons change, so too do Japan's picturesque Southern Alps. This documentary explores all aspects of this region - geography, history, geology, flora, and fauna - from the top of the most challenging of peaks down to a remote village at the foot of the mountains, where the Maejima family introduce us to mushroom picking, country kabuki, snow sports, and local cuisine. This is a program for all who love nature and the warmth and humor of the people who live amidst it.

Mountains in My Heart – Japan’s Northern Alps –

DC219413Documentary

北アルプスの四季 わが心の山讃歌 [SBC]

|Length : 46min. |Year : 1994

For Japanese alpinists, there is nothing quite like the Northern Alps of Japan. But mountain climbers are not the only ones who love these most spectacular mountains. In this program we meet a young woman from the busy city, a historian who is trying to save an almost extinct plant; a carpenter who measures rain in the woods, and a mountain guide who recovers 4,000 year-old pottery. See also spectacular alpine meadows, a rural fire festival, and some truly ferocious blizzards.

On the Edge of Life

DC259310Documentary

いのちの水際をささえて 新生病院の試み [SBC]

|Length : 45min. |Year : 1993

Although most Japanese doctors will not tell cancer patients that they are terminally ill and are firm believers in institutional care, Dr.Toru Uchisaka and his doctor wife, Yumiko are of a different opinion: they believe in a patient's right to know what his or her condition is and that the best place for a terminal cancer patient is usually right at home. This moving documentary tells us as much about the meaning of life as it does about the terrible reality of death.

 

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