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Production Year 1996

SERIES Japan in Focus | Days of Weaving Together


新日本探訪 | 絆織りなす日 京都 西陣 [NHK]

|Length : 24min. |Year : 1996

The decline of the kimono has hit Kyoto's Nishijin hard, throwing many talented weavers and related craftsmen out of work. Their plight comes to life in the story of 60-yearold Mitsuo Shibagaki, a master craftsman who is nevertheless forced to search for employment.

SERIES Japan in Focus | The Last Rakugo Story


新日本探訪 | 故郷が笑った 熊本・山里の子ども落語 [NHK]

|Length : 24min. |Year : 1996

With two of the three pupils at a village's elementary school about to move away, their traditional story-telling performances are coming to an end. Learn what the end of this tradition will mean to the older people of the village.

SERIES Japan in Focus | Captain of the Islands


新日本探訪 | 水俣へ渡り続けて 不知火・海上タクシー老船長 [NHK]

|Length : 24min. |Year : 1996

The long battle of the victims of Minamata disease for restitution comes to life daily for the captain of a ferry in the afflicted region. Hear his reminiscences and meet a number of those whose lives were most affected by the disease.

SERIES Japan in Focus | Echoes of a Dream


新日本探訪 | ボタ山に夢響くとき 福岡 筑豊 [NHK]

|Length : 24min. |Year : 1996

The failing mining city of Iizuka is given new spirit with the formation of an amateur orchestra, the brain child of a native son. This inspiring program provides you the best seat in the house at their first official concert.

SERIES Japan Sketches | Back to the Wild – Tancho Cranes A Journal –


にっぽん点描 | 野性にもどれ ケンタとチヅル 岡山・タンチョウ飼育日誌 [NHK]

|Length : 44min. |Year : 1996

-Okayama Prefecture-

With the population of tacho cranes dwindling, more are being bred in captivity. Follow the heart-warming tale of two such cranes, who regard their human keeper as their "father" and so must make a radical adjustment to life in the wild.

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