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SERIES Japan : The Inside Story | Hidden Treasures in Ginza


そこが知りたい | 素顔の銀座 [TBS]

|Length : 46min. |Year : 1993

This light-hearted but informative program gives us a look at Tokyo's equivalent of Fifth Avenue: Ginza, home to shops and restaurants as exclusive and luxurious as any in the world. Among the hidden treasures known only to discriminating insiders are the Kiyota Sushi shop where there is no sign and a single meal may cost as much as $500, a traditional clothing store where only perfection counts, a master craftsman who works with gold leaf, and a modern-day geisha.

SERIES Japan : The Inside Story | The Artistry of Japanese Cuisine


そこが知りたい | 美味を極める!日本の名料理人 [TBS]

|Length : 30min. |Year : 1993

The basic techniques of Japanese cookery are slicing, grilling, deep-frying, and kneading, but - as this mouth-watering program shows - it is all a matter of taste. The chef at the Imperial Hotel attributes his mastery of French cuisine to skill in slicing; for the owner of a Kyoto restaurant the essence of traditional cooking is grilling; tempura cooks say their art lies in the deep-frying; and dumpling makers testify to the importance of kneading and grinding.

SERIES Japan : The Inside Story | To Be or Not to Be Japanese


そこが知りたい | 人情大好き!日本人にナリタイ [TBS]

|Length : 46min. |Year : 1993

This program deals with various examples of Japanese racial prejudice. The cases include a man of Greek birth who has become a nationalized Japanese citizen but is still regarded as a "foreigner" by most other Japanese; a Japanese rakugo artist of mixed ancestry born and raised in Japan with the same problem; and a South East Asian refugee who has lived here for fourteen years and is refused citizenship because his daughter is caught riding a motorbike without a helmet.

SERIES Japan : The Inside Story | Sleepless Nights in Tokyo


そこが知りたい | アブナイ!眠れない東京の真夜中 [TBS]

|Length : 46min. |Year : 1993

Like many large cities, Tokyo never really sleeps. This is a city whose night people are as various as they are interesting: there's a locksmith who makes house calls; a man who posts signs - illegally - under cover of darkness; a couple working the night shift to pay off a debt; a young man working his way through school by waking up limousine drivers; and a restaurateur. The program also shows a late-night florist, a bookstore for night owls, and an after hours public bath.

SERIES Japan : The Inside Story | Japan’s Spry Centenarians!


そこが知りたい | 仕事も遊びも!痛快な100歳 [TBS]

|Length : 46min. |Year : 1994

As the saying goes, you are only as old as you feel. This adage is certainly true for some older Japanese people for whom life does not really begin until a hundred. This fascinating program introduces some very energetic 100-year-olds - and some youngsters in their nineties - who are living life to the full with unashamed vigor. The sushi chef who still makes tasty sushi after 80 years in the business is only one example. The secret to longevity may be just a matter of attitude!

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