Living with Carp ～Beautiful Lives Nurtured ㏌ The Mountain Village～
コイビト 山里に育む美しき生命 [BSN]
｜Length : 47 ｜Year : 2019 ｜
The Yamakoshi District, in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture, is the site of over 1600 mud ponds, where Nishikigoi originate. Out of hundreds of thousands of fry the most promising in color and form are selected to swim for a few years in these mud ponds, in the midst of nature, to grow into large beauties. In the autumn, people from around the world gather in Yamakoshi. The popularity of Nishikigoi outside of Japan was triggered by a certain Englishman. What is it that he finds fascinating about Nishikigoi? Learn about the thoughts of the growers who carry on the traditions of their forebears, and about their passion to create superior koi.
Kyoto’s Unique Elementary School System ～Determining the Future for Children〜
｜Length : 28 ｜Year : 2019 ｜
A way before the government started Elementary School administrative system, Kyoto’s towns people established 64 elementary schools, one in each district and total of 64 schools in Kyoto city after the Meiji Restoration in 1869.
This episode introduces how these schools were established and why as well as how their roles changed over the years.
A Passionate Challenger | The Joy of Independent Watchmaking
独立時計師 菊野昌宏 [MBS]
｜Length : 25 ｜Year : 2019 ｜
In a world of mass-production, the “independent watchmaker” creates a watch from scratch - from original design to crafting every, single mechanical piece and putting them together. There are only 31 of them who have been officially certified by the Horological Academy of Independent Creators. Masahiro Kikuno became fascinated in his twenties by a Swiss independent watchmaker, and when he was 30, he became the first Japanese, and youngest ever in the world, to be certified. His creations which feature uniquely Japanesque designs and elaborate precision mechanisms, attract orders from around the world, commanding prices ranging from 45,000 to 160,000 dollars. He makes only two watches a year, hand-making screws as little as 0.001 millimeters. Our cameras follow Kikuno for eight months as he creates a one-of-a-kind timepiece for an overseas client, and delve into why he persists in making something commonly mass-produced with his own hands.
The People Brought Together by“BENTO”
｜Length : 45 ｜Year : 2019 ｜
On the coast of an inlet in western Ehime Prefecture is the town of Tawarazu. This small community with a population of 1,000 has many elderly residents.
This town has a bento box shop called “Yumesakuya,” run by the 55-year-old Yumiko Utsunomiya. She also delivers meals, to help senior citizens who can’t shop for themselves.
Koume, one of her elderly customers, says to Yumiko, “I’m as helpless as a baby. Don’t leave me alone, please.”
Yumiko’s bento bring the lonely senior citizens comfort, and save their lives.
What is it that drives Yumiko?
“Putting a smile on people’s faces.”
As Japan’s population ages, more and more senior citizens have no means to feed themselves. Tawarazu, which used to prosper from mandarin orange orchards, is no exception.
At “Yumesakuya,” the town’s mothers work hard to save these shopping refugees.
They deliver to the elderly who can’t walk to the store out of a spirit of charity. What would be a ten minute’s walk for a healthy person is impossibly far away for others.
After the heavy rains of July 2018, “Yumesakuya” reopened as a mini-supermarket.
This documentary portrays the plight of shopping refugees, and the powerful lives of the local mothers who stand up for them.
”YURU“Revolution～Creating Sports for Every One～
｜Length : 44 ｜Year : 2019 ｜
Imagine playing table tennis with a hole in your racquet, or basketball where the ball cries like a baby unless you treat it gently.
Yuru Sports are a new genre of sports with unique rules that can be played by anyone, regardless of age, sporting ability, or even disability.
This documentary follows the man behind the Yuru Sports revolution, and how these imaginative sports are actually ‘game changers’ that tackle numerous societal issues.