TV Station CBC
It’s Wonderful to Be Human!: Chimpanzees Disclose the Secrets of Evolution
人間ってすばらしい チンパンジーが教えてくれる進化の秘密 [CBC]
｜Length : 48min ｜Year : 2016 ｜
Chimpanzees and human beings are very similar…yet different. Chimpanzees can do things we humans cannot, and we can do things chimpanzees cannot. Finding these differences allows us to explore the wonders of being human and reminds us of what makes us special. Mother and son chimpanzees Ai and Ayumu have learned language and numbers. Ayumu is able to instantly memorize numbers randomly displayed on a touch screen and sequence them in ascending order even after the numbers have been masked. At the Japan Monkey Centre, a zoo next door to the Primate Research Institute, visitors can take their turn at the same test, but they are no match for Ayumu. Are chimpanzees smarter than us?
The Tragedy of the Mt. Ontake Eruption: Living on an Island of Volcanoes
｜Length : 48min ｜Year : 2015 ｜
Midday September 27, 2014, some 250 people at the summit of Mt. Ontake were caught completely unaware by a sudden and violent explosive eruption that sent volcanic rocks and ash raining down on them. Sixty-three people died or went missing that day in the single greatest volcanic disaster in postwar Japanese history.
Living with the possibility of a volcanic eruption is a fact of life for many Japanese people. Is Japan doing enough in the way of volcanic disaster awareness and prevention to keep its people safe? This documentary examines what went wrong at Mt. Ontake and explores issues with Japan’s volcano disaster prevention warning system.
Under Newton’s Apple Tree ～The History Behind“Mori”Enhancements on the Faces of Japanese Women～
｜Length : 23 ｜Year : 2017 ｜
Isaac Newton, the scientific genius who discovered the law of universal gravitation, said“My best friend is truth.”
Since then, a number of researchers have put their own “truth” on papers.
They are called theses.
In this program, of the countless theses published to the world, we will introduce unique and innovative theses that may have even surprised Newton himself.
This talk show, hosted by Ryota Yamasato (a member of comedy duo Nankai Candies), invites the author of a particular thesis to the studio to dig into and find out more about their research and background story.
In this episode, we focus on Japanese youth culture.
Our guest this time is a researcher at the University of Tokyo, who studied “mori in photo sticker booths” that are popular among young girls.
She has quantified this “mori” for the first time in the world.
In addition, she has collected portraits of beauties throughout history to quantify their facial characteristics and investigate ideal faces admired by Japanese people.
What is the true value of Japanese culture found through her research?
Shining Scrap-Metal – My Dad’s Life May Seem A Waste But It’s Really Brilliant! –
｜Length : 58min. ｜Year : 2002 ｜
The story centers-around a man who has been creating useless robots using scrap metal at his workshop alone in the mountains. He is 61 years of age. When asked, "Why do you make such things?" he always answers, "There's no meaning behind it." This same man also plays his beloved harmonica whenever he's not hard at work creating something. "I do what I want, whenever I want to do it, for as long as I like." That's him!
Two Lives and an Old Mountain Lodge
山小屋カレー～ 2004 年秋篇～ [CBC]
｜Length : 47min. ｜Year : 2005 ｜
This is the story of the Gozaisho Mountain Lodge, an old lodge that has stood for over 70 years on the side of Mount Gozaisho-1212 m(3976 ft), in Mie Prefecture.
At the time of filming, Masaichi Sasaki was 94 years old, and his wife Harue was 92. The elderly couple run the lodge completely on their own. At the lodge's peak, almost 10,000 people a year visited, but the building and furnishings have aged, and only about 300 people come each year now.
The elderly couple love their independent life and have no desire to give it up. Harue asks, "Who wants to take orders from somebody?" And Masaichi agrees: "We are free to live as we choose. That's how we like it".