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Production Year 2008

SERIES The Mark of Beauty | Yuzen-dyed Kimono


美の壷 | 友禅 [NHK]

|Length : 25min. |Year : 2008

There are many types of kimono in Japan, depending on the pattern and style, and one of the most gorgeous is the yuzen kimono. Introducing the transcendent yuzen craftsmanship that makes possible a painting-like freedom of design, the scrupulous selection of water to support the richness of color, and the caution points women must observe when wearing this kimono, Yuzen-dyed Kimono reveals the splendidly complex dyeing process that makes yuzen kimono so alluring.

SERIES The Mark of Beauty | Chopsticks


美の壷 | 箸 [NHK]

|Length : 25min. |Year : 2008

In Japan, chopsticks are said to have been first used for eating hot dishes.
The beginning of today's widely distributed lacquered chopsticks dates back to around 1660, when the Obama clan was presented with these as gifts. The clan lord liked the chopsticks made by painting lacquer on plain wood and called it "wakasa-nuri". Chopsticks are used to carry food to the mouth, but they also perform various functions including cutting, dividing, picking and scooping. As a tool, chopsticks have a few secrets in their design that don't compromise their beauty. Even the tree used as material carry special meanings and hopes. This program introduces the meanings and functional beauty of chopsticks, an item essential in daily life for all Japanese.

SERIES The Mark of Beauty | Wagashi (Japanese-style sweets)


美の壷 | 和菓子 [NHK]

|Length : 25min. |Year : 2008

"Wagashi", or Japanese-style sweets appeared frequently in old Japanese literature.
Various types of wagashi were created, symbolizing each season, and each sweet told a variety of stories. Wagashi gained popularity in the 17th century, during the Edo Period. Each wagashi was given a name and elaborately crafted with a design worthy of its name. This trend expanded the world of wagashi.
This program introduces viewers about the true way of enjoying a wagashi, that is, to enjoy not only its taste, but also the intention of the maker and the hospitality of the person serving it.

SERIES Kurama Tengu | Episode 1 : The Guardian Rises


鞍馬天狗 | 第1回 天狗参上 [NHK]

|Length : 43min. |Year : 2008

Munefusa's father was murdered when he was a young child. And so with young Munefusa in tow, the loyal servant Jindayu sought refuge at Mt. Kurama to engage the child in martial arts training. Twenty years hence, in his dying words, Jindayu reveals to Munefusa that his uncle Muneyuki was behind the murder of his father. Now, after having recently arrived in Kyoto, Munefusa visits Muneyuki and suddenly finds himself saved by his daughter Shiragiku from a murder plot in the night orchestrated by his uncle. Afterwards, Munefusa saves Katsura Kogoro, a leader of a faction opposed to the Tokugawa shogunate who had been pursued by the Shinsengumi special police force in Kyoto. Together with Katsura, Munefusa heads to his father's former villa which is said to be haunted by a masked demon.

SERIES Kurama Tengu | Episode 2 : The Nemesis


鞍馬天狗 | 第2回 宿命の敵 [NHK]

|Length : 43min. |Year : 2008

Upon hearing that ten of his men had been cut down by the Kurama Tengu, the leader of the Shinsengumi, Kondo Isami, declares the Kurama Tengu as his nemesis. Meanwhile, Munefusa abandons his noble clan and takes the name Kurata Tenzen. Kurata saves the skin of a pickpocket named Kichibei, who, out of gratitude for saving his life, offers to help Kurata by serving as an informant. One day, Muneyuki, his uncle and the murderer of his father, is killed by a masked warrior. Muneyuki's daughter Shiragiku suspects that the culprit is the Kurama Tengu. She then pursues him in order to take revenge for her father.

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