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Cute Little Japanese Designs

恋する雑貨 [NHK]

This program follows the adventures of Japanese actresses on the hunt for cute accessories, homewares and other items. Along the way they visit charming boutiques, meet local merchants and artisans, and learn about the history and culture of regional Japanese craftsmanship.

SERIES Yokohama’s Cross-cultural Creativity


横浜 ステキなコトハジメ [NHK]

|Length : 29min |Year : 2015

Yu Kashii, a Japanese actress, heads to cosmopolitan Yokohama. In its 150 years as an international port, the city has been a trend-setting gateway for Western culture. Kashii grew up nearby, but is discovering many of the city’s signature items for the first time, including porcelain, furniture, and scarves. Enjoy a stroll with her through chic shopping districts like Motomachi and the Red Brick Warehouse.

SERIES Kyoto’s Fabulous Fabrics


京の布雑貨 [NHK]

|Length : 29min |Year : 2015

Actress Tae Kimura visits Kyoto, where she visits the city's fabric dealers and gets a look at several traditional techniques. Kimura is captivated by the blend of ancient and modern, from handmade towels with pop-art patterns to antique textiles repurposed into chic new accessories. Finally, she goes to a workshop where you can make your own coin purse.

SERIES Kyoto Aglow


京のあかり [NHK]

|Length : 29min |Year : 2015

Actress Misako Yasuda visits Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital, and still the capital of traditional craft item shopping. She’s here to experience Kyo akari, a subtle approach to lighting nourished in the elegant townhouses of Kyoto over the course of 1,000 years. Yasuda is amazed by the level of craftsmanship. She even tries her hand at making a lamp of her own.

SERIES Oita’s Hot Springs and Bamboo Things


大分・湯のまち スタイリッシュ竹細工 [NHK]

|Length : 29min |Year : 2015

Tae Kimura travels to the city of Beppu, Oita Prefecture, one of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts. Historically, Beppu was also a center of bamboo work production—bamboo baskets were sometimes used to steam food using the geothermal heat of the springs. Now those techniques live on in stylish woven bamboo handbags and accessories.

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