Production Year 1992
Harvesters of Honey
秘境 ヒマラヤの蜂蜜とり [NTV]
｜Length : 28min. ｜Year : 1992 ｜
For more than 10,000 years in Himalayan villages near Tibet, people have risked their lives to harvest honey. All the villagers assemble to take the honey from the gigantic beehives suspended on cliffs 2,500 meters above the ground. After the harvest, the honey is divided equally among the villagers. Together with the strange manner of harvesting the honey, this program portrays the manners and customs as well as folklore inherited in this secluded part of the Himalayas. It also considers the ideals of a community, which seems to have been lost in modern society.
Deer and Mankind – Past, Present and Future –
｜Length : 50min. ｜Year : 1992 ｜
Since ancient times, human beings have had a special relationship with the deer. And in forests worldwide, the deer is king, protected and revered. Yet there exists a paradox: humanbeings' natural desire to protect the earth's wildlife versus serious environmental concerns related to the very animal in question. In order to discuss how humans associate with nature, author and naturalist C.W. Nicol visits forests and explores the life of the deer in New Zealand, Scotland, and Wales, as well as Japan.
The Dragon on Monkey Mountain
｜Length : 12min. ｜Year : 1992 ｜
At the Takasaki Natural Zoo in Oita Prefecture, monkeys run free. "The Dragon on Monkey Mountain" is a humorous but informative look at the daily activities of the monkeys through the eyes of "Dragon," a "boss monkey" who leads one of the zoo's three monkey troops. Dragon's lively narration guides viewers through the documentary, which shows how the monkeys interact with each other - and with the human visitors to the zoo.
Yuki-No-Bo Mountain “ZAO”
「雪の坊」の山 蔵王 [YBC]
｜Length : 26min. ｜Year : 1992 ｜
Mt. Zao is one of Japan's most prominent ski resorts. On the slopes of its Jizo Park, strange clusters of snow appear, which the local people came to call "Yuki-no-bo." These natural works of art are produced during periods of intense cold weather, when the seasonal northeast winds from Siberia completely covers fir trees with snow and ice. This program focuses on the unusual natural environment seen at Mt. Zao, including the "snow trees" and the volcanic crater lake.
｜Length : 47min. ｜Year : 1992 ｜
In 1989, a large pelican suddenly began paying daily visits to a kindergarten in the city of Ube. The friendly big bird, named "Katta," was hatched in an incubator in the zoo nearby. A bird is often convinced that the first thing it sees after birth is its parent. Katta was no exception in this respect as he was brought up surrounded by people. But while attending the kindergarten every day, the young bird fell in love with its own reflection in a mirror. The documentary portrays the loving relationship that develops between the kindergarten pupils, teachers and the famous pelican.