TV Station ABC
Gion Festival 1150th Anniversary -The Essence of Japanese Culture and the Spirit of the Townspeople
｜Length : 61min ｜Year : 2020 ｜
This program follows the Gion Festival as it celebrates its 1150th anniversary and provides an exclusive in-depth look at some of its lesser-known rituals and the floats whose decorative artworks from around the world have earned them the nickname "moving art museums." It also highlights the dedication of the people who put on the festival and explores the essence of Japanese culture.
Summer in Kyoto is synonymous with the magnificent Gion Festival that attracts more than a million visitors each year. Born from a desire to quell disasters following a devastating plague and earthquake in 869, the festival has continued uninterrupted for 1150 years despite numerous wars and natural disasters because of the indomitable spirit of the people of Kyoto. Today, the Gion Festival features 34 splendiferous floats featuring artworks from abroad and craftsmanship by top Japanese artisans.
The Show Must Go On～Overcoming the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake～
｜Length : 25min ｜Year : 2016 ｜
Kumamoto Prefecture was hit by a devastating earthquake in April 2016. The Kobayashi Troupe, a traveling group of actors, was caught in the quake. Fortunately, no one suffered any life-threatening injuries, but the theater where they had been performing, so they were forced to evacuate. Theater owner Ryuji Genkai, who is also an actor, has opened up his facility to people in need, sharing his well water with people in the town with no running water due to quake damage. Ryuji and Makoto, the leader of the Kobayashi Troupe, make a pact, swearing that they will put on a play together again at this theater, to entertain the people who need cheering up after such a devastating experience. They overcame many difficulties and uneasiness in order to resume their performances.
Raising Parents: Lessons from a Veteran Midwife
｜Length : 24min ｜Year : 2015 ｜
Fujie Sakamoto, a 91 year old midwife operates a maternity home in Wakayama Prefecture. Immediately after the war, she started this job and has since assisted delivery of over 4000 babies in 70 years. When midwives first came about, they would assist deliveries at homes, but now most give birth at hospitals. Still, there are so many pregnant women who wish to give birth at Sakamoto’s midwifery. It is because she doesn’t hold back giving gentle and sometimes stern advice based on her experience, even with mothers she meets for the first time.
In this program, we learn how best to nurture life from Sakamoto, who has brought babies to their mother’s warm embrace for 70 years.