TV Station HTB
The Kari’s Passage, 4000 Kilos – From a Small Marsh to Siberia –
4000キロ雁渡る 小さな沼と、シベリアと [HTB]
｜Length : 60min. ｜Year : 1993 ｜
With the destruction of its natural habitat in the Japanese wetlands, the Kari, a kind of wild goose, is becoming increasingly rare. We follow the bird's migration from Izu Marsh to Hokkaido, Sakhalin, Siberia and the Arctic Circle, a 4000 kilometer journey against the backdrop of some of the world's most spectacular scenery. This program underscores the importance of protecting the natural environment and its creatures as a legacy to future generations.
The Four Seasons of Mt. Daisetsu
｜Length : 45min. ｜Year : 1998 ｜
The gardens where the gods play
Mt. Daisetsu, located in Hokkaido, is the largest national park in Japan. The Ainus, Japan's aboriginal peoples, referred to this mountainous area filled with forests as "Kamuimintara," or the gardens where gods play. Covered by snow and ice eight months of the year, it is said that Mt. Daisetsu has only two seasons: spring and winter. The spring, while short-lived, is a microcosm of new life with flying squirrels traversing the night sky, and alpine plants unique to this area covering the grounds with their huge flowers.
Shiretoko Peninsula : Dancing with Nature
知床悠久の半島 ヒグマとともに生きること [HTB]
｜Length : 46min. ｜Year : 2002 ｜
Into the Sea of Okhotsk, off northern Japan's island of Hokkaido, protrudes the Shiretoko Peninsula. The severe nature of the peninsula deters human intrusion and development. The peninsula, small though in size, has preserved a rich and bountiful ecosystem. Reigning atop this ecosystem is the brown bear. Can the fierce, wild animals successfully coexist with humans? We spotlight the brown bear. The camera captures the rare scenes of a bear family emerging from hibernation, fishing for Sakhalin trout, and a mother affectionately playing with her cubs.
Feel the Wind Again – Running to the Dream –
疾風よ再び 義足先生の夢力走 [HTB]
｜Length : 24min. ｜Year : 1998 ｜
Aiming for the Paralymics
Koji Araki, a high school physical education teacher, lost the lower part of his right leg in a car accident. But this has not detered him from continuing his active life, which includes running, swimming and skiing. The phrase "fighting spirit" is inscribed on Araki's state-of-the-art artifical leg which was designed by Toshiya Nosaka in cooperation with a sports rehab research group at Sapporo Medical University. Araki is training for the Paralympics and the camera follows him through his training sessions, and zooms in on his relationship with the researchers who share his dream.
The Echo of “Naruko” Castanets – Yosakoi Soran Festival 1996 –
｜Length : 24min. ｜Year : 1999 ｜
The June "Yosakoi Soran" Festival in Hokkaido draws up to 10,000 contestants and attracts an audience of 1 million over a three-day period. Performers must follow two rules: the Hokkaido folk song "Soran" must be incorporated in their music, and dancers must carry "Naruko" castanets in accordance with the original festival in Kochi Prefecture. The festival is organized by college students who recruit sponsors and contestants.