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We're the Professionals!

オトナの試験 [NHK]

In Japan, there are over 1,200 types of certification examinations. The series introduces unique certification exams, while featuring specialists with the highest level of certification in their respective fields. By introducing the opinions of people performing these jobs that require sophisticated skills, we can learn more about Japanese society as a whole. The series can also be enjoyed as an encyclopedia of jobs Japan, as the programs look into the many industrial sectors in Japan.

SERIES Acupuncture Expert


オトナの試験 | はり師・きゅう師 [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 2002

More and more people are turning to eastern medical treatments, known for their mild effects and few side effects, as the so-called natural lifestyle gains attention. Yoshie Asahina, aiming for a pain-free and feel-good acupuncture and moxibustion treatment, is currently in practice with the aim of opening the first acupuncture and moxibustion clinic in her town. Practitioners of this treatment must be certified from the Health, Welfare and Labor Ministry of Japan.

SERIES Sake Making Expert


オトナの試験 | 酒造技能士 [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 2001

Japanese "sake". The rich fragrance and bouquet soothes our soul after work or in times of celebration. Eiichi Sato, who supervises seasonal laborers in a "sake" brewery in Aichi Prefecture, holds Level 1 "Sake" Making Expert certification. As the Toji, or chief brewer, Sato supervises every aspect of the "sake" making process, and each year he comes from out of town, to brew new sake at the brewery Tokoname City in Aichi Prefecture.

SERIES Japanese Cuisine Expert


オトナの試験 | 日本料理調理師 [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 2001

Potter, and noted epicurean , Rosanjin once claimed, "No taste surpasses a natural one." Traditional Japanese cuisine plays up the tastes of natural ingredients, and brings out the various flavors of the seasons. Hirohisa Koyama operates a Japanese restaurant in Tokushima City, happily situated where the Pacific Ocean and the Inland Sea of Japan meet. The sashimi that is prepared with his expertise using the knife surpasses what can be done with mere skill; it is the fruit borne from thirty years of passionately wielding his knife, to grasp the essence of Japanese cuisine cooking.

SERIES High-rise Construction Worker


オトナの試験 | とび技能士 [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 2001

With high-rise buildings, no matter how mechanized the construction site, moving and assembling the steel framework requires the skill and experience of high-rise construction workers.Using nothing but the naked eye, Yuji Fukami, who holds Level One High-rise Construction Worker certification, is able to detect when posts or girders are off, right down to the millimeter.

SERIES Stone Carving Expert


オトナの試験 | 石材施工技能士 [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 2001

Okazaki City of Aichi Prefecture is one of Japan's leading regions for processing objects made of stone. Takenari Kusuna, who holds a Level 1 Stone Carver Certification, is a stone carving expert, practicing in this field for the past 45 years. He is especially skilled in carving stone lanterns.Kusuna gives Koichi Uchiyama, who works under him, the task of making the base for a stone lantern. Advanced skills are necessary to carry out the carving of the base's three-dimensional curved surface.

SERIES Confectionery Maker


オトナの試験 | 和菓子製造技能士 [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 2000

In tea ceremony, which holds hospitality in high regard, the bright accomplishments of the host, coupled with the Japanese confectioneries offered, serve to enhance the tea ceremony experience. Japanese confectioneries are not only savored on the tongue, they are also enjoyed by the eye. Of course flavor is important, but also giving a visual sense of the seasons is a crucial point.

SERIES Plasterer


オトナの試験 | 左官技能士 [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 2000

It is the job of the plasterer to build up walls of Japanese buildings using a trowel. At a glance, plastering walls with stucco appears to be a simple job, but it isn't until ten or twenty years after a wall is well constructed that its true value can be appreciated. That is because only then can the differences in the wall's durability or life span become apparent. Using his skills and a trowel given to him by his former supervisor, thirty-year veteran Mr. Asahara restores the walls of many of Kyoto's cultural heritage properties.

SERIES Gardener


オトナの試験 | 造園技能士 [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 2000

To make trees, stones, water and other natural elements come to life in a stunning manmade sight within residential space, gardeners not only need a great deal of knowledge about plants, but also the ability to design and an imagination. Through Mr. Hayashi, a veteran gardener working in Aichi Prefecture's Inazawa city, one of Japan's leading garden plant producing areas, and Grade Twelve student Nagai, who is trying for his Level 3 exam, we are introduced to one aspect of Japanese beauty; the realm of Japanese gardens.

SERIES Tile Roofing Expert


オトナの試験 | かわらぶき技能士 [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 2000

Tiles are resistant to wind and rain, and hold up to the heat. They prevent indoor heat from escaping, and are a superior construction material. On the downside, if they are tiled poorly they can lead to water leakage and can be blown off in windstorms. In the field of roofing tiles, where a high level of skills is expected, a mere one-millimeter gap between tiles is unacceptable. The extraordinary skills of Mr. Imai, with his Tile Roofing Expert Level One certification, are observed together with his young apprentice who is attempting to tile a roof for the first time, under Mr. Imai's direction.

SERIES Swordsmith


オトナの試験 | 美術刀剣刀匠 [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 2000

A blacksmith who specializes in creating Japanese swords in called a swordsmith. Japanese swords today are no longer part of the history of weapons, but are referred to as swords as art forms; as objects of steel craftwork that traditional beauty continues to be passed on today. There are approximately 200 swordsmiths in all of Japan. Kunihira Kawachi is Japan's foremost swordsmith. The swordsmiths are not only preserving traditional skills, but are also passing down to future generations the art appreciation, embodied in the Japanese sword, of the Japanese people.

SERIES Kimono Tailor


オトナの試験 | 和裁技能士 [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 1999

This episode introduces the occupation and qualifications of being a kimono tailor.

SERIES Denturist


オトナの試験 | 歯科技工士 [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 1999

This episode introduces the occupation and qualifications of being a denturist.

SERIES Tatami Manufacturer


オトナの試験 | 畳製作技能士 [NHK]

|Length : 10min. |Year : 1999

This episode introduces the occupation and qualifications of being a tatami manufacturer.

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