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SERIES Gretel's Oven | For Students Everywhere: The Plum Sweets of Tenjin


天神様の梅スイーツ [NHK]

|Length : 24min |Year : 2016

Umegae-mochi, literally “plum-branch rice” sweets, have a very old relationship with Sugawara no Michizane. This real-life historical figure is now celebrated as the god of learning in Japan. Discover more about these sweets, which are now eaten all over the country.

SERIES Gretel's Oven | Kashiwa-mochi for Children’s Day


端午の節句のかしわ餅 [NHK]

|Length : 24min |Year : 2016

Kashiwa-mochi are a key part of celebrating Children's Day. The leaves of a kashiwa (oak) don't fall until new shoots have formed. These symbolic leaves are used to wrap mochi filled with sweet beans. It's a wish for the success and prosperity of a family's descendants. This episode will introduce the different types of kashiwa-mochi made and eaten across Japan.

SERIES Gretel's Oven | A Kyoto Treat to Beat the Heat


京女の“夏越し”の和菓子 [NHK]

|Length : 24min |Year : 2016

It's a Kyoto tradition to eat sweets called minazuki on June 30 every year. They symbolize a wish to make it safely through the merciless summer heat of Kyoto. According to tradition, the triangle shape is a reminder of cool ice, and the beans on top ward against evil.



テイクテック [NHK]

|Length : 10min. x10 |Year : 2016

Take Tech is an educational program for children from upper elementary school to high school designed to foster familiarity with everyday technology.
The focus is technology we depend on in our daily lives, such as products found in people’s homes, information systems and machines. Why were they created, and how do they work? Each episode features one key tech, and explains its mechanism and function in an easy-to-understand way. The program closes with a “Question” segment that encourages viewers to do some independent research to sum up what they’ve learned.

(1. Control the Flow)
How does a flush toilet work? This episode goes inside the tank of a toilet to trace the flow of water.

(2. Transmit the Power)
Hand mixers are used in home cooking, but how do the beaters spin so fast? Take a look inside at the different parts and see how they operate.

(3. Convert to Heat)
Hair dryers are handy for drying hair in a jiffy. But how do they blow warm air? This episode examines the mechanism step by step.

(4. Amplify the Signal)
Talk into a microphone and your voice comes out from a speaker, loud and clear. Find out how the mic, speaker and amplifier work together to make sounds louder.

(5. Measure the Time)
Open the back of a watch, and an array of intricate parts comes into view. This episode explains how a watch accurately measures time, down to the second.

(6. Capture the Light)
Today, snapping a photograph is as easy as picking up a smartphone. Explore the technology that allows cameras and smartphones capture images of what we see.

(7. Organize Information)
Shine a red light on a product’s barcode, and data such as the price appear. This episode introduces the technology for reading barcodes, and explains how they’re used to organize information.

(8. Control the Motion)
Insert a coin into a vending machine, press a button, and it dispenses a product. Take a close-up look at what goes on inside.

(9. Meeting the Target)
In Japan, bathtubs are equipped with a unique system for controlling water temperature and volume. Find out how it heats the water to the set temperature and fills the tub.

(10. Cut With the Wedge)
Scissors allow us to cut all kinds of shapes, such as circles and squares, freely and precisely. This episode examines the simple but remarkable technology that makes this possible.

1. Control the Flow
2. Transmit the Power
3. Convert to Heat
4. Amplify the Signal
5. Measure the Time
6. Capture the Light
7. Organize Information
8. Control the Motion
9. Meeting the Target
10. Cut With the Wedge

SERIES Bravo to Music! | Bravo to Music! 2016


おんがくブラボー 2016年度 [NHK]

|Length : 10min. x6 |Year : 2016

(1.Learning to Play the Recorder Well)
The recorder expert visits the mansion again to give the pupils additional technical tips for playing high and low notes so that they can perform a more advanced tune.

(2.Singing with Clear Resonant Voices)
An expert vocalist is called in to provide the pupils coaching on how to produce clear and resonant voices and sing especially the high notes smoothly.

(3.Harmonizing is Fun!)
The pupils get together with the NHK Tokyo Children Chorus to learn how to effectively practice singing harmony parts so that they can sing in a well-coordinated chorus ensemble.

(4.Creating Melodies is Easy!)
Bravo challenges the pupils to compose their own melodies. By learning how to align the notes to create musical tension and resolution, the pupils create and perform an original tune.

(5.Let's Explore the Devices of Music!)
The pupils listen to some orchestral music, and with the help of professional orchestra members, get to understand how the various musical instruments are played to create the total musical image.

(6.Let's Visit an Orchestra!)
Sora and Hinata go to interview the players and the conductor of an orchestra to learn the fun and appeal of playing music in an ensemble. Then they listen to the orchestra in a concert performance.

1. Learning to Play the Recorder Well(ED271606)
2. Singing with Clear Resonant Voices(ED271607)
3. Harmonizing is Fun!(ED271608)
4. Creating Melodies is Easy!(ED271609)
5. Let's Explore the Devices of Music!(ED271610)
6. Let's Visit an Orchestra!(ED271611)

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