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Production Year 2009

SERIES The Mark of Beauty | Clockwork Dolls


美の壷 | からくり人形 [NHK]

|Length : 25min. |Year : 2009

Robots existed since the Edo period (1603-1867), or so to speak. They are clockwork dolls. Displaying sophisticated movements and realistic facial features, they are unique dolls which artisans of the Edo period created using the latest technologies of the time. Some carry tea, while others can skillfully use an ink brush. Based on an elaborate mechanism, these dolls are as real as real can be. This episode introduces clockwork dolls that fully reveal the genius ideas of master artisans.

SERIES The Mark of Beauty | Tops


美の壷 | 独楽 [NHK]

|Length : 25min. |Year : 2009

Tops: standing straight up, they spin in an orderly manner. Although tops are one of the many old familiar toys children used to play with 50 years ago, they have also been regarded as lucky charms and used in dramatic performances since ancient times. And with their bright colors, some can also be considered works of art that go beyond the realm of toys. They are the result of the finest skills of craftsmen who infuse these precious toys with local flavor and beauty. This episode delves into the fascinating world of tops.

SERIES Beyond the Naked Eye | Food Poisoning — the creepy micro-sized devil


アインシュタインの眼 | 食中毒 しのびよるミクロの悪魔 [NHK]

|Length : 44min. |Year : 2009

Hot seasons bring about spates of food poisoning incidents. Bacteria invisible to the naked eye attach and multiply on foods; when consumed in the human body, these bacteria cause serious symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting. In this program, the multiplying process of such bacteria is caught on footage utilizing a state-of-the-art camera which is able to capture even the slightest amount of colors. The workings of bacteria such as o-157, which has the ability to withstand gastric acid, and the heat-resistant bacillus cereus, are also investigated.

SERIES Beyond the Naked Eye | The Secret is in the mighty swing of the Katana


アインシュタインの眼 | 刀一振りに奥義あり [NHK]

|Length : 43min. |Year : 2009

The attraction of Japanese period films lies in the elegance and dynamism of its sword fighting scenes. From the realistic bits that make people look as though they're actually being cut, to the breathtaking beauty and intensity seen in the split-second execution of skills...
How do these scenes -- that continue to intrigue us -- come to life?
The stage combat master is the choreographer and director of sword fighting scenes. By utilizing a state-of-the-art camera, we close in on the ultimate skills that the stage combat master brings to life through his infinite wisdom and discipline.

SERIES Find Your Dream Career | Stylist – I’ll Find the Perfect Wardrobe


あしたをつかめ 平成若者仕事図鑑 | ぴったりな一着 探します ~スタイリスト~ [NHK]

|Length : 25min. |Year : 2009

Actors dressed to kill light up the screen and fashion models wearing the latest trends adorn magazine covers. But who makes them look their best? Stylists. Naoyuki Kotaniguchi works as a stylist in a studio of a big city. After two years in the business, he finally has a better understanding of the diversity of the job -- that it's not simply about choosing outfits but that communication with the models and concern for the shops that provide the outfits are also important aspects of the work. This episode takes a look at what makes the job of a stylist so appealing by following Kotaniguchi as he works on a big assignment.

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