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[NHK Special] The Hidden Power of World Heritage Sites In Disaster-Prone Japan


NHKスペシャル 世界遺産 秘めた力 ~災害列島・日本より~ [NHK]

|Length : 74min. |Year : 2005

In 2004, a series of terrible natural disasters assailed the globe, inflicting enormous damage. Japan's World Heritage sites, unlike the stone-built monuments of Western Europe, are relatively fragile wooden structures. Yet they have demonstrated an astonishing strength in the face of natural disasters. The Japanese archipelago is subject to nature's fury in many forms: earthquakes, typhoons, and more. What are the secrets that have allowed these monuments to last for a thousand years or more?
This programme delves into the hidden strengths of Japan's World Heritage sites to introduce the unique attitude of "accommodating nature's fury" and tradition of wooden building that came to characterize Japan's people over a millennium.

The Chip Challenge


復活なるかニッポン半導体 [NHK]

|Length : 49min. |Year : 2004

Although Japan once dominated the global market for semiconductors, a fierce price war left Korean, Taiwanese and other manufacturers in control while the Japanese semiconductor industry fell into a slump. Now Japan is fighting back by harnessing a traditional industrial strength: unshakable determination to develop superior technologies. The programme focuses on the world of mobile phones, where high-performance semiconductors hold the key to international success.

SERIES Masterly Skills | Chair-Making from the Heart


技~極める | 人に優しい椅子を作りたい [NHK]

|Length : 24min. |Year : 2003

Shigeki Miyamoto lives according to his motto, "I am fulfilled by making comfortable chairs", and has succeeded in making various types of chairs. He is well-known as an expert, having proven his skill in the observation car of an express train and in the drawing room in the Crown Prince's Palace. As Miyamoto accepts any particular order, people come to think that Miyamoto can manage any kind of request about chairs.

SERIES Masterly Skills | The Sound Magician


技~極める | 音の蘇生師 管楽器修理職人 [NHK]

|Length : 24min. |Year : 2003

A wind instrument repair technician whose name is Ishimori enjoys the world reputation of the number one saxophone tuner and repairman, because he can give a subtle adjustment and maintenance perfectly to the instrument of each customer. His experienced skill is indispensable for the wind instrument musicians in the way of tuning as well as well as repair work.

SERIES Masterly Skills | The Lustre of Edo-Kiriko


技~極める | 光彩を彫る 江戸切子職人・小林英夫 [NHK]

|Length : 24min. |Year : 2003

The skill of Japanese traditional style of cut-glass 'Edo-Kiriko', originated in Edo period, has been handed down to some craftsmen today. Kobayashi, aged 79, is one of them, having dedicated his energy to this work for over fifty years. He has a super skill to give a dazzling brightness to his creation by controlling the way of cutting. His work has a warm, refined, but sharp feel, that is a brilliant glass art with reflected light, which attracts many craftsmen in this field.

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