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The Mark of Beauty |

Goro Suzuki, The World of Oribe Ware – Clay, Resolution at the Age of 20 –


鈴木五郎 織部の世界 土… 20歳に決めたこと [TVA]

|Length : 25min. |Year : 2000

Aichi, Gifu and Mie Prefectures are treasuries of traditional ceramic arts, and since ancient times have given birth to a succession of talented ceramic artists. Artist Goro Suzuki was born in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture in 1941 and graduated from a ceramic training school. He has since produced a wide variety of works making full use of masterly techniques of Kiseto, Setoguro, Shino and Yakishime as well as his main style: Oribe.

The 1000-year Nail : A Blacksmith’s Challenge


千年の釘に挑む [NHK]

|Length : 43min. |Year : 2000

Yakushi-ji is a temple in Nara, which is located in Honshu Island. It is World Heritage listed and its buildings are the second oldest wooden structures in the world. A bold plan is in progress to reconstruct the temple buildings. Today, common nails last for around 50 years. The question is: can a contemporary craftsman recreate the 1000-year nail? This program tells the story of Yukinori Shirataka, the last surviving blacksmith in Japan who can make 25-centimetre nails using traditional Japanese methods.

Restoration of the Five-Storey Pagoda of Muroo-ji


室生寺五重塔はこうしてよみがえった [NHK]

|Length : 49min. |Year : 2000

The five-storey pagoda of the Muroo-ji has captivated the minds of many people for 1200 years and has been designated a national treasure by the Japanese Government. In 1998 its graceful form was devastated in an instant when the pagoda was hit by a typhoon. After an extensive 15 month restoration program, the pagoda was brought back to life in July, 2000.

One Summer with the Aho-ren Dancers


踊る阿呆たちの夏 [NHK]

|Length : 28min. |Year : 2000

"Awa Odori" is a traditional dance of Tokushima, known to add color to the summer. It is said that there are over 500 Awa Odori dance groups, called"Rens". Each group is known for its unique dance characteristics. Of these Rens, the "Aho-ren" stands out as one of the top two dance groups. By forming numerous dance formations, and gracefully changing from formation to formation, this Ren's dynamic movements are a definite crowd pleaser.

The World Heritage – Shrines and Temples of Nikko –


世界遺産 日光の社寺 [TTV]

|Length : 30min. |Year : 2001

This program shows historical and artifactual value of the shrines and the temples of Nikko registered in the World Heritage.
Nikko Futarasan-Jinja Shrine; Nikko Toshogu Shrine; Nikko-san Rin-noji Temple.

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