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SERIES Japan in Focus | Youth on the Suzuka Circuit – Young Motorcycle Enthusiasts –


新日本探訪 | 鈴鹿青春サーキット [NHK]

|Length : 24min. |Year : 1991

In the motorsports world, Suzuka City in Mie Prefecture is famous for F-1 and 8-hour endurance races. The city also attracts large numbers of young people who want to become professional motorcycle riders. Although many of these hopefuls - mostly young automobile factory workers - are so in love with motorcycles that they spend a large part of their salaries on their bikes, it takes more than enthusiasm to become a pro. This program centers on one young man who dreams of becoming a professional and enters a 4-hour endurance race.

SERIES Japan in Focus | Ballad of Youth in Uzumasa – Dreams of Becoming an Action Movie Star –


新日本探訪 | 京都太秦青春譜 夢はアクション俳優 [NHK]

|Length : 24min. |Year : 1991

Actor Shinichi Chiba has established an acting school in Kyoto with a difference. This school is dedicated to "action drama". It takes only 20 students and holds auditions every May for new members. Those who make the grade come every day and support themselves through a variety of part-time jobs. Set in the fresh, green month of May, the program presents an interesting look at young people preparing for a future quite unlike that of most their peers.

SERIES Japan in Focus | Together Against the Wind – Wajima – Noto Peninsula –


新日本探訪 | 風の絆 奥能登 輪島 [NHK]

|Length : 24min. |Year : 1993

For some people, a fence is not a neighborly thing. The "magaki", or bamboo fences of Osawa-machi on the Japan Sea, however, not only provide protection from the elements and serve as a tourist attraction, they are a symbol of community solidarity. The problem is that there are fewer young people to help maintain them. This interesting program says much about the "graying" of society and the problems faced by communities in preserving their traditional identity.

SERIES Japan in Focus | Himeko’s Little Barber Shop


新日本探訪 | 姫子さんの小さな床屋 宮崎・椎葉村 [NHK]

|Length : 24min. |Year : 1993

As one can see from the little cluster of temporary structures in one corner of Shiiba in Miyazaki, life in Japan's rural communities requires resilience, perseverance, and even courage. Two years ago, for example, a typhoon destroyed almost everything Himeko owned, including her barber shop. Even so, she is rebuilding her life supported by family and friends. This is a moving portrait of village life in Japan's mountainous west and of one woman's determination.

SERIES Japan in Focus | A Satchelful of Memories


新日本探訪 | 思い出ランドセル [NHK]

|Length : 24min. |Year : 1994

Nostalgic anyone? Most Japanese primary school children carry their books on their backs in satchels. After six years, these satchels get quite worn, but rather than throw them out some people send them to a small shop in Toda City. This shop uses leather from the originals to make miniature satchels as keepsakes. The shop owner has made more than 4000 such momentos in four years and gets more than a hundred letters every month about the memories these satchels evoke.

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