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Journeys In Japan

In JOURNEYS IN JAPAN, English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan exploring the culture, meeting local people, visiting historic sites, and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks. The series provides an eye-opening look at the many unique places to visit in Japan.

Journeys In Japan  
  • Monday, October 21
    5:15 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Wednesday, October 23
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Fukuoka: City of Food and Flavor
    Thursday, October 24
    8:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Best friends Sabrina and Summers take a summer break to remote Okushiri Island where they discover its stunning nature, seafood delicacies and recovery efforts after a natural disaster.
  • Fukuoka: City of Food and Flavor
    Thursday, October 24
    2:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Best friends Sabrina and Summers take a summer break to remote Okushiri Island where they discover its stunning nature, seafood delicacies and recovery efforts after a natural disaster.
  • Fukuoka: City of Food and Flavor
    Thursday, October 24
    8:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Best friends Sabrina and Summers take a summer break to remote Okushiri Island where they discover its stunning nature, seafood delicacies and recovery efforts after a natural disaster.
  • Kagawa: Stepping Into The Past
    Friday, October 25
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kotohira, in western Kagawa Prefecture, developed around the famous shrine complex known as Kotohira-gu. Some 2 million tourists visit annually from all over the world. In the olden days, pilgrims who came from around the country bought Uchiwa paper fans as souvenirs, and enjoyed eating the local specialty Sanuki noodles. Shizuka Anderson from Canada experiences the culture of hospitality that developed around these pilgrimages.
  • Saturday, October 26
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, October 30
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, November 1
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, November 2
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Monday, November 4
    4:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Monday, November 4
    10:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Tuesday, November 5
    5:30 am on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Tuesday, November 5
    10:30 am on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Wednesday, November 6
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Monobe, Koche: Tales from the Magical Mountain Hamlet
    Thursday, November 7
    7:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Off the coast of Kyushu, Mai Rapsch discovers the beautiful, unspoiled island of Iki. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Monobe, Koche: Tales from the Magical Mountain Hamlet
    Thursday, November 7
    1:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Off the coast of Kyushu, Mai Rapsch discovers the beautiful, unspoiled island of Iki. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Monobe, Koche: Tales from the Magical Mountain Hamlet
    Thursday, November 7
    7:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Off the coast of Kyushu, Mai Rapsch discovers the beautiful, unspoiled island of Iki. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Friday, November 8
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, November 9
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Monday, November 11
    4:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Monday, November 11
    10:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Tuesday, November 12
    5:30 am on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Tuesday, November 12
    10:30 am on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Wednesday, November 13
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Thursday, November 14
    7:30 am on NHK 9.4
    George Cockle visits Kitayama Village (Wakayama Pref.) to find out what makes it so unique. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Thursday, November 14
    1:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    George Cockle visits Kitayama Village (Wakayama Pref.) to find out what makes it so unique. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Thursday, November 14
    7:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    George Cockle visits Kitayama Village (Wakayama Pref.) to find out what makes it so unique. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Friday, November 15
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, November 16
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Monday, November 18
    4:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Monday, November 18
    10:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Tuesday, November 19
    5:30 am on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Tuesday, November 19
    10:30 am on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Wednesday, November 20
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Thursday, November 21
    7:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Michael Keida heads to Mt. Gozaisho, an hour's drive from Nagoya, to scale rock faces, including waterfalls and chimney cracks... for some extreme fun in a beautiful part of Japan.
  • Thursday, November 21
    1:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Michael Keida heads to Mt. Gozaisho, an hour's drive from Nagoya, to scale rock faces, including waterfalls and chimney cracks... for some extreme fun in a beautiful part of Japan.
  • Thursday, November 21
    7:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Michael Keida heads to Mt. Gozaisho, an hour's drive from Nagoya, to scale rock faces, including waterfalls and chimney cracks... for some extreme fun in a beautiful part of Japan.
  • Friday, November 22
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, November 23
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Monday, November 25
    4:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Monday, November 25
    10:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Tuesday, November 26
    5:30 am on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Tuesday, November 26
    10:30 am on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Wednesday, November 27
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, November 29
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, November 30
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, December 4
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, December 6
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, December 7
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, December 11
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, December 13
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, December 14
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, December 18
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, December 20
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, December 21
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, December 25
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, December 27
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, December 28
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, January 1
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, January 3
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, January 4
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, January 8
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, January 10
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, January 11
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, January 15
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, January 17
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, January 18
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, January 22
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, January 24
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Saturday, January 25
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Wednesday, January 29
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.
  • Friday, January 31
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    No description available.

 

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  • Rausu: Coexistence with Nature's Bounty
    Sunday, October 20
    7:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Rausu lies on the coast of the Shiretoko Peninsula, in eastern Hokkaido Prefecture. Most of the peninsula is designated as a national park, to preserve its rich natural environment. Tours by boat offer visitors the opportunity to see orcas and whales, as well as brown bears on the seashore. The fertile waters off Rausu also provide abundant catches of many kinds of fish. One of the main specialties of this area is kombu (kelp seaweed), an essential ingredient that adds flavor and umami to the dashi stocks that underpin Japanese cuisine. Rausu kombu is considered some of the finest in Japan and is in strong demand from high-end Japanese restaurants around the country. The harvest takes place from late July through the end of August. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, British photographer Alfie Goodrich visits Rausu and meets the kombu harvesters. He also goes to observe the wildlife that proliferates on the peninsula.
  • Kagawa: Stepping Into The Past
    Saturday, October 19
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kotohira, in western Kagawa Prefecture, developed around the famous shrine complex known as Kotohira-gu. Some 2 million tourists visit annually from all over the world. In the olden days, pilgrims who came from around the country bought Uchiwa paper fans as souvenirs, and enjoyed eating the local specialty Sanuki noodles. Shizuka Anderson from Canada experiences the culture of hospitality that developed around these pilgrimages.
  • Kagawa: Stepping Into The Past
    Friday, October 18
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kotohira, in western Kagawa Prefecture, developed around the famous shrine complex known as Kotohira-gu. Some 2 million tourists visit annually from all over the world. In the olden days, pilgrims who came from around the country bought Uchiwa paper fans as souvenirs, and enjoyed eating the local specialty Sanuki noodles. Shizuka Anderson from Canada experiences the culture of hospitality that developed around these pilgrimages.
  • Uchikawa: A Retro River Townscape
    Thursday, October 17
    8:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Peter Skov goes hiking in Hokkaido Prefecture's gorgeous Daisetsuzan National Park, where he encounters dreamy swamps, brown bears and many alpine flowers.
  • Uchikawa: A Retro River Townscape
    Thursday, October 17
    2:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Peter Skov goes hiking in Hokkaido Prefecture's gorgeous Daisetsuzan National Park, where he encounters dreamy swamps, brown bears and many alpine flowers.
  • Uchikawa: A Retro River Townscape
    Thursday, October 17
    8:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Peter Skov goes hiking in Hokkaido Prefecture's gorgeous Daisetsuzan National Park, where he encounters dreamy swamps, brown bears and many alpine flowers.
  • Kagawa: Stepping Into The Past
    Wednesday, October 16
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kotohira, in western Kagawa Prefecture, developed around the famous shrine complex known as Kotohira-gu. Some 2 million tourists visit annually from all over the world. In the olden days, pilgrims who came from around the country bought Uchiwa paper fans as souvenirs, and enjoyed eating the local specialty Sanuki noodles. Shizuka Anderson from Canada experiences the culture of hospitality that developed around these pilgrimages.
  • Tuesday, October 15
    11:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Cooling off in the heat of midsummer by the Katsura River (Yamanashi Prefecture). On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Tuesday, October 15
    6:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Cooling off in the heat of midsummer by the Katsura River (Yamanashi Prefecture). On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Monday, October 14
    11:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Cooling off in the heat of midsummer by the Katsura River (Yamanashi Prefecture). On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Monday, October 14
    5:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Cooling off in the heat of midsummer by the Katsura River (Yamanashi Prefecture). On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Kagawa: Stepping Into The Past
    Sunday, October 13
    7:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kotohira, in western Kagawa Prefecture, developed around the famous shrine complex known as Kotohira-gu. Some 2 million tourists visit annually from all over the world. In the olden days, pilgrims who came from around the country bought Uchiwa paper fans as souvenirs, and enjoyed eating the local specialty Sanuki noodles. Shizuka Anderson from Canada experiences the culture of hospitality that developed around these pilgrimages.
  • Kagawa: Stepping Into The Past
    Saturday, October 12
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kotohira, in western Kagawa Prefecture, developed around the famous shrine complex known as Kotohira-gu. Some 2 million tourists visit annually from all over the world. In the olden days, pilgrims who came from around the country bought Uchiwa paper fans as souvenirs, and enjoyed eating the local specialty Sanuki noodles. Shizuka Anderson from Canada experiences the culture of hospitality that developed around these pilgrimages.
  • Rausu: Coexistence with Nature's Bounty
    Friday, October 11
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Rausu lies on the coast of the Shiretoko Peninsula, in eastern Hokkaido Prefecture. Most of the peninsula is designated as a national park, to preserve its rich natural environment. Tours by boat offer visitors the opportunity to see orcas and whales, as well as brown bears on the seashore. The fertile waters off Rausu also provide abundant catches of many kinds of fish. One of the main specialties of this area is kombu (kelp seaweed), an essential ingredient that adds flavor and umami to the dashi stocks that underpin Japanese cuisine. Rausu kombu is considered some of the finest in Japan and is in strong demand from high-end Japanese restaurants around the country. The harvest takes place from late July through the end of August. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, British photographer Alfie Goodrich visits Rausu and meets the kombu harvesters. He also goes to observe the wildlife that proliferates on the peninsula.
  • Thursday, October 10
    8:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Estella Mak completes her pilgrimage and observes a rocket festival in Chichibu, Saitama Pref. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Thursday, October 10
    2:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Estella Mak completes her pilgrimage and observes a rocket festival in Chichibu, Saitama Pref. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Thursday, October 10
    8:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Estella Mak completes her pilgrimage and observes a rocket festival in Chichibu, Saitama Pref. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Kagawa: Stepping Into The Past
    Wednesday, October 9
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kotohira, in western Kagawa Prefecture, developed around the famous shrine complex known as Kotohira-gu. Some 2 million tourists visit annually from all over the world. In the olden days, pilgrims who came from around the country bought Uchiwa paper fans as souvenirs, and enjoyed eating the local specialty Sanuki noodles. Shizuka Anderson from Canada experiences the culture of hospitality that developed around these pilgrimages.
  • Tuesday, October 8
    11:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Shizuka Anderson climbs hundreds of stairs to the sacred Kotohira shrine complex in Kagawa Pref., where she also gets hands-on experiences nearby making both an Uchiwa fan and Sanuki udon noodles.
  • Tuesday, October 8
    6:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Shizuka Anderson climbs hundreds of stairs to the sacred Kotohira shrine complex in Kagawa Pref., where she also gets hands-on experiences nearby making both an Uchiwa fan and Sanuki udon noodles.
  • Monday, October 7
    11:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Shizuka Anderson climbs hundreds of stairs to the sacred Kotohira shrine complex in Kagawa Pref., where she also gets hands-on experiences nearby making both an Uchiwa fan and Sanuki udon noodles.
  • Monday, October 7
    5:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Shizuka Anderson climbs hundreds of stairs to the sacred Kotohira shrine complex in Kagawa Pref., where she also gets hands-on experiences nearby making both an Uchiwa fan and Sanuki udon noodles.
  • Rausu: Coexistence with Nature's Bounty
    Sunday, October 6
    7:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Rausu lies on the coast of the Shiretoko Peninsula, in eastern Hokkaido Prefecture. Most of the peninsula is designated as a national park, to preserve its rich natural environment. Tours by boat offer visitors the opportunity to see orcas and whales, as well as brown bears on the seashore. The fertile waters off Rausu also provide abundant catches of many kinds of fish. One of the main specialties of this area is kombu (kelp seaweed), an essential ingredient that adds flavor and umami to the dashi stocks that underpin Japanese cuisine. Rausu kombu is considered some of the finest in Japan and is in strong demand from high-end Japanese restaurants around the country. The harvest takes place from late July through the end of August. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, British photographer Alfie Goodrich visits Rausu and meets the kombu harvesters. He also goes to observe the wildlife that proliferates on the peninsula.
  • Rausu: Coexistence with Nature's Bounty
    Saturday, October 5
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Rausu lies on the coast of the Shiretoko Peninsula, in eastern Hokkaido Prefecture. Most of the peninsula is designated as a national park, to preserve its rich natural environment. Tours by boat offer visitors the opportunity to see orcas and whales, as well as brown bears on the seashore. The fertile waters off Rausu also provide abundant catches of many kinds of fish. One of the main specialties of this area is kombu (kelp seaweed), an essential ingredient that adds flavor and umami to the dashi stocks that underpin Japanese cuisine. Rausu kombu is considered some of the finest in Japan and is in strong demand from high-end Japanese restaurants around the country. The harvest takes place from late July through the end of August. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, British photographer Alfie Goodrich visits Rausu and meets the kombu harvesters. He also goes to observe the wildlife that proliferates on the peninsula.
  • Iwate: Blazing A Trail to the Future
    Friday, October 4
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The Michinoku Coastal Trail, which was launched by the Environment Ministry, is a long trail along the Pacific coast that crosses 4 prefectures from Aomori Prefecture, in the north, to Fukushima Prefecture, in the south. Canadian actor, Kyle Card walks a stretch connecting 3 villages in Iwate Prefecture to get a feel of Tohoku's landscape and see how the local people are stepping forward and recovering from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
  • Thursday, October 3
    8:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Photographer K. Nagamura explores the sacred realm of bonsai, the Japanese art of reproducing natural beauty in one planter.
  • Thursday, October 3
    2:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Photographer K. Nagamura explores the sacred realm of bonsai, the Japanese art of reproducing natural beauty in one planter.
  • Thursday, October 3
    8:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Photographer K. Nagamura explores the sacred realm of bonsai, the Japanese art of reproducing natural beauty in one planter.
  • Rausu: Coexistence with Nature's Bounty
    Wednesday, October 2
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Rausu lies on the coast of the Shiretoko Peninsula, in eastern Hokkaido Prefecture. Most of the peninsula is designated as a national park, to preserve its rich natural environment. Tours by boat offer visitors the opportunity to see orcas and whales, as well as brown bears on the seashore. The fertile waters off Rausu also provide abundant catches of many kinds of fish. One of the main specialties of this area is kombu (kelp seaweed), an essential ingredient that adds flavor and umami to the dashi stocks that underpin Japanese cuisine. Rausu kombu is considered some of the finest in Japan and is in strong demand from high-end Japanese restaurants around the country. The harvest takes place from late July through the end of August. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, British photographer Alfie Goodrich visits Rausu and meets the kombu harvesters. He also goes to observe the wildlife that proliferates on the peninsula.
  • Tuesday, October 1
    11:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Alfie Goodrich meets the kelp harvesters of Rausu on Hokkaido's Shiretoko Peninsula. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Tuesday, October 1
    6:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Alfie Goodrich meets the kelp harvesters of Rausu on Hokkaido's Shiretoko Peninsula. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Monday, September 30
    11:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Alfie Goodrich meets the kelp harvesters of Rausu on Hokkaido's Shiretoko Peninsula. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Monday, September 30
    5:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Alfie Goodrich meets the kelp harvesters of Rausu on Hokkaido's Shiretoko Peninsula. On this program, get to know the real Japan and discover useful travel tips.
  • Iwate: Blazing A Trail to the Future
    Sunday, September 29
    7:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The Michinoku Coastal Trail, which was launched by the Environment Ministry, is a long trail along the Pacific coast that crosses 4 prefectures from Aomori Prefecture, in the north, to Fukushima Prefecture, in the south. Canadian actor, Kyle Card walks a stretch connecting 3 villages in Iwate Prefecture to get a feel of Tohoku's landscape and see how the local people are stepping forward and recovering from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
  • Iwate: Blazing A Trail to the Future
    Saturday, September 28
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The Michinoku Coastal Trail, which was launched by the Environment Ministry, is a long trail along the Pacific coast that crosses 4 prefectures from Aomori Prefecture, in the north, to Fukushima Prefecture, in the south. Canadian actor, Kyle Card walks a stretch connecting 3 villages in Iwate Prefecture to get a feel of Tohoku's landscape and see how the local people are stepping forward and recovering from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
  • Izumo: The Heart of the Japanese Spirit
    Friday, September 27
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The Izumo region in Shimane Prefecture, where deities from across the country are said to gather annually for a meeting, is closely linked to the gods. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, our reporter explores the home of Japanese mythology, visiting a workshop that makes one of the largest Shimenawa sacred ropes for the Izumo Grand Shrine and meeting local residents producing unique works of folk art as offerings to the gods. Jaime Lopez, a wire artist from Chile, takes a close look at the connection between the people of Japan and their gods.
  • Iwate: Blazing A Trail to the Future
    Wednesday, September 25
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The Michinoku Coastal Trail, which was launched by the Environment Ministry, is a long trail along the Pacific coast that crosses 4 prefectures from Aomori Prefecture, in the north, to Fukushima Prefecture, in the south. Canadian actor, Kyle Card walks a stretch connecting 3 villages in Iwate Prefecture to get a feel of Tohoku's landscape and see how the local people are stepping forward and recovering from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
  • Tuesday, September 24
    11:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Kyle Card hits northern Japan's Michinoku Coastal Trail, walking a scenic 30-kilometer stretch in Iwate Prefecture where he discovers how locals are taking steps forward 8 years after the tsunami.
  • Tuesday, September 24
    6:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Kyle Card hits northern Japan's Michinoku Coastal Trail, walking a scenic 30-kilometer stretch in Iwate Prefecture where he discovers how locals are taking steps forward 8 years after the tsunami.
  • Monday, September 23
    11:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Kyle Card hits northern Japan's Michinoku Coastal Trail, walking a scenic 30-kilometer stretch in Iwate Prefecture where he discovers how locals are taking steps forward 8 years after the tsunami.
  • Monday, September 23
    5:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Kyle Card hits northern Japan's Michinoku Coastal Trail, walking a scenic 30-kilometer stretch in Iwate Prefecture where he discovers how locals are taking steps forward 8 years after the tsunami.
  • Izumo: The Heart of the Japanese Spirit
    Sunday, September 22
    7:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The Izumo region in Shimane Prefecture, where deities from across the country are said to gather annually for a meeting, is closely linked to the gods. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, our reporter explores the home of Japanese mythology, visiting a workshop that makes one of the largest Shimenawa sacred ropes for the Izumo Grand Shrine and meeting local residents producing unique works of folk art as offerings to the gods. Jaime Lopez, a wire artist from Chile, takes a close look at the connection between the people of Japan and their gods.
  • Izumo: The Heart of the Japanese Spirit
    Saturday, September 21
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The Izumo region in Shimane Prefecture, where deities from across the country are said to gather annually for a meeting, is closely linked to the gods. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, our reporter explores the home of Japanese mythology, visiting a workshop that makes one of the largest Shimenawa sacred ropes for the Izumo Grand Shrine and meeting local residents producing unique works of folk art as offerings to the gods. Jaime Lopez, a wire artist from Chile, takes a close look at the connection between the people of Japan and their gods.
  • Kita-Akita: Deep Connections with Nature
    Friday, September 20
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kita-Akita City lies in the north of Akita Prefecture. It is a land of mountains and thick forests. The Akita Nairiku Line runs north-south through this wild terrain. Michael Keida visits 2 areas that can be accessed along this railroad. Since ancient times, there has been a long tradition of hunting in the Ani district. Known in Japanese as "matagi," these hunters developed their own language and customs, many of which have been passed down to the present day. Michael meets a modern-day "matagi," and learns how these hunters continue to live in harmony with the forests and the animals there. In the Takanosu district, an annual festival is held, in which gigantic drums are played to pray for rain and abundant harvests. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, Michael meets the people of Kita-Akita, and joins them in celebrating their close connection with the natural environment.
  • Izumo: The Heart of the Japanese Spirit
    Wednesday, September 18
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The Izumo region in Shimane Prefecture, where deities from across the country are said to gather annually for a meeting, is closely linked to the gods. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, our reporter explores the home of Japanese mythology, visiting a workshop that makes one of the largest Shimenawa sacred ropes for the Izumo Grand Shrine and meeting local residents producing unique works of folk art as offerings to the gods. Jaime Lopez, a wire artist from Chile, takes a close look at the connection between the people of Japan and their gods.
  • Tuesday, September 17
    11:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Jaime Lopez visits Izumo, the seat of mythology and home to one of Japan's most sacred shrines, and discovers the deep connection the people have to their gods.
  • Tuesday, September 17
    6:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Jaime Lopez visits Izumo, the seat of mythology and home to one of Japan's most sacred shrines, and discovers the deep connection the people have to their gods.
  • Monday, September 16
    11:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Jaime Lopez visits Izumo, the seat of mythology and home to one of Japan's most sacred shrines, and discovers the deep connection the people have to their gods.
  • Monday, September 16
    5:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Jaime Lopez visits Izumo, the seat of mythology and home to one of Japan's most sacred shrines, and discovers the deep connection the people have to their gods.
  • Kita-Akita: Deep Connections with Nature
    Sunday, September 15
    7:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kita-Akita City lies in the north of Akita Prefecture. It is a land of mountains and thick forests. The Akita Nairiku Line runs north-south through this wild terrain. Michael Keida visits 2 areas that can be accessed along this railroad. Since ancient times, there has been a long tradition of hunting in the Ani district. Known in Japanese as "matagi," these hunters developed their own language and customs, many of which have been passed down to the present day. Michael meets a modern-day "matagi," and learns how these hunters continue to live in harmony with the forests and the animals there. In the Takanosu district, an annual festival is held, in which gigantic drums are played to pray for rain and abundant harvests. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, Michael meets the people of Kita-Akita, and joins them in celebrating their close connection with the natural environment.
  • Kita-Akita: Deep Connections with Nature
    Saturday, September 14
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kita-Akita City lies in the north of Akita Prefecture. It is a land of mountains and thick forests. The Akita Nairiku Line runs north-south through this wild terrain. Michael Keida visits 2 areas that can be accessed along this railroad. Since ancient times, there has been a long tradition of hunting in the Ani district. Known in Japanese as "matagi," these hunters developed their own language and customs, many of which have been passed down to the present day. Michael meets a modern-day "matagi," and learns how these hunters continue to live in harmony with the forests and the animals there. In the Takanosu district, an annual festival is held, in which gigantic drums are played to pray for rain and abundant harvests. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, Michael meets the people of Kita-Akita, and joins them in celebrating their close connection with the natural environment.
  • Steel City Muroran and Its Hidden Charms
    Friday, September 13
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Muroran, in southwestern Hokkaido Prefecture, flourished as an industrial city, mainly in steel manufacturing. After the 1970's, the city declined with industrial sector changes and other factors. But in recent years, tourism is up with popular night factory viewing, retro architecture touring as well as dolphin and whale watching. British photographer Alfie Goodrich discovers Muroran's wonderful people and photogenic charms.
  • Manazuru: Good Living By Design
    Thursday, September 12
    8:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Dean Newcombe explores the Mukawa River with guides by bike and boat, losing himself in the nature of the sacred river basin and meeting a messenger of Hokkaido's indigenous Ainu people.
  • Manazuru: Good Living By Design
    Thursday, September 12
    2:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Dean Newcombe explores the Mukawa River with guides by bike and boat, losing himself in the nature of the sacred river basin and meeting a messenger of Hokkaido's indigenous Ainu people.
  • Manazuru: Good Living By Design
    Thursday, September 12
    8:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Dean Newcombe explores the Mukawa River with guides by bike and boat, losing himself in the nature of the sacred river basin and meeting a messenger of Hokkaido's indigenous Ainu people.
  • Kita-Akita: Deep Connections with Nature
    Wednesday, September 11
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Kita-Akita City lies in the north of Akita Prefecture. It is a land of mountains and thick forests. The Akita Nairiku Line runs north-south through this wild terrain. Michael Keida visits 2 areas that can be accessed along this railroad. Since ancient times, there has been a long tradition of hunting in the Ani district. Known in Japanese as "matagi," these hunters developed their own language and customs, many of which have been passed down to the present day. Michael meets a modern-day "matagi," and learns how these hunters continue to live in harmony with the forests and the animals there. In the Takanosu district, an annual festival is held, in which gigantic drums are played to pray for rain and abundant harvests. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, Michael meets the people of Kita-Akita, and joins them in celebrating their close connection with the natural environment.
  • Tuesday, September 10
    11:30 am on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Tuesday, September 10
    6:30 am on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Monday, September 9
    11:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Monday, September 9
    5:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
  • Steel City Muroran and Its Hidden Charms
    Sunday, September 8
    7:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Muroran, in southwestern Hokkaido Prefecture, flourished as an industrial city, mainly in steel manufacturing. After the 1970's, the city declined with industrial sector changes and other factors. But in recent years, tourism is up with popular night factory viewing, retro architecture touring as well as dolphin and whale watching. British photographer Alfie Goodrich discovers Muroran's wonderful people and photogenic charms.
  • Steel City Muroran and Its Hidden Charms
    Saturday, September 7
    8:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Muroran, in southwestern Hokkaido Prefecture, flourished as an industrial city, mainly in steel manufacturing. After the 1970's, the city declined with industrial sector changes and other factors. But in recent years, tourism is up with popular night factory viewing, retro architecture touring as well as dolphin and whale watching. British photographer Alfie Goodrich discovers Muroran's wonderful people and photogenic charms.
  • Tobishima: Living Life On Island Time
    Friday, September 6
    2:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The island of Tobishima lies off the coast of Yamagata Prefecture in the Sea of Japan. It is about 10 kilometers in circumference, and is dotted with long-established fishing villages. These days, it has a population of about 200 people. Tobishima is a port of call for migratory birds and an important breeding ground for black-tailed gulls. Its rich natural environment attracts many anglers and birdwatchers. In 2016 Tobishima was designated as a geopark by the Japan Geopark Committee. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, John Moore explores Tobishima, meets the people living here, and learns about their self-sufficient lifestyle.
  • Thursday, September 5
    8:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Mountain guide Cveto Podlogar has the time of his life gliding through the ultimate powder, backcountry on remote Hokkaido mountains where he also enjoys hot springs and good food.
  • Thursday, September 5
    2:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Mountain guide Cveto Podlogar has the time of his life gliding through the ultimate powder, backcountry on remote Hokkaido mountains where he also enjoys hot springs and good food.
  • Thursday, September 5
    8:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Mountain guide Cveto Podlogar has the time of his life gliding through the ultimate powder, backcountry on remote Hokkaido mountains where he also enjoys hot springs and good food.
  • Steel City Muroran and Its Hidden Charms
    Wednesday, September 4
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Muroran, in southwestern Hokkaido Prefecture, flourished as an industrial city, mainly in steel manufacturing. After the 1970's, the city declined with industrial sector changes and other factors. But in recent years, tourism is up with popular night factory viewing, retro architecture touring as well as dolphin and whale watching. British photographer Alfie Goodrich discovers Muroran's wonderful people and photogenic charms.
  • Tuesday, September 3
    11:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Photographer Alfie Goodrich turns his lens on the industrial city of Muroran where he explores steelworks, old drinking holes and the sea, but also hangs out with the wonderful people.
  • Tuesday, September 3
    6:30 am on NHK 9.4
    Photographer Alfie Goodrich turns his lens on the industrial city of Muroran where he explores steelworks, old drinking holes and the sea, but also hangs out with the wonderful people.
  • Monday, September 2
    11:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Photographer Alfie Goodrich turns his lens on the industrial city of Muroran where he explores steelworks, old drinking holes and the sea, but also hangs out with the wonderful people.
  • Monday, September 2
    5:30 pm on NHK 9.4
    Photographer Alfie Goodrich turns his lens on the industrial city of Muroran where he explores steelworks, old drinking holes and the sea, but also hangs out with the wonderful people.
  • Tobishima: Living Life On Island Time
    Sunday, September 1
    7:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The island of Tobishima lies off the coast of Yamagata Prefecture in the Sea of Japan. It is about 10 kilometers in circumference, and is dotted with long-established fishing villages. These days, it has a population of about 200 people. Tobishima is a port of call for migratory birds and an important breeding ground for black-tailed gulls. Its rich natural environment attracts many anglers and birdwatchers. In 2016 Tobishima was designated as a geopark by the Japan Geopark Committee. On this episode of Journeys in Japan, John Moore explores Tobishima, meets the people living here, and learns about their self-sufficient lifestyle.