Japan

SEASONING THE SEASONS
Ise-Shima: Women Divers Favored by the Gods

SEASONING THE SEASONS - Ise-Shima: Women Divers Favored by the Gods

 

Uncover the treasure trove of seafood in the Ise-Shima sea, which legends say are favored by the goddess of the sun. There, female skin divers called ‘Ama’, have been bringing in fresh catch from the sea for centuries. This is the story of the powerful women of the sea who live in there, and the people who keep traditions alive.

 

 

 

RUDY MAXA’S WORLD:
Hokkaido

RUDY MAXA’S WORLD: Hokkaido

 

The northernmost Japanese island of Hokkaido is the home of the international food favorite, ramen. Known as Japan’s “soul food,” ramen is revered in Hokkaido, where it enjoys a long history. Host Rudy Maxa and Washington, D.C. chef Daisuke Utagawa explore the island that’s a world-class skiing venue-Sapporo, Hokkaido’s capital, which hosted the Winter Olympics in 1972. Along the way, they track down the multi-generational families that produce the ingredients of ramen and visit the island’s stunning lakes; one of the island’s premier ski resorts, as well as a whiskey distillery that helps makes Japan’s award-winning spirits.

 

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RUDY MAXA’S WORLD:
Tokyo

RUDY MAXA’S WORLD: Tokyo

 

Rudy Maxa’s World takes a second look at the vibrant city of Tokyo, this time with an emphasis on Tokyo’s cuisine. “There are more Michelin-starred restaurants in Tokyo than in Paris and New York combined,” notes Washington, D.C. chef and restaurant owner Daisuke Utagawa. “And it’s well known that Japanese chefs are highly regarded around the world. But it’s also the commitment, or the kodawari, of producers of many of the food products those chefs use that helps makes the cuisine what it is.” Utagawa joins show host Rudy Maxa to bring the concept of kodawari to the screen, visiting the producers of the food that’s made Japanese cuisine so famous.

 

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SEASONING THE SEASONS
Miharu, Fukushima

SEASONING THE SEASONS: Miharu, Fukushima

 

This program visits places across Japan to introduce the charms of their local daily life and festivals fostered by the nation’s long history.

 

Miharu, Fukushima
The town of Miharu in Fukushima Prefecture, Eastern Japan, is renowned for its cherry blossoms. Once the long winter has passed and the cherry blossoms bloom, many tourists come to visit the usually quiet countryside. The main tourist attraction is a tree designated as a national natural monument, the Takizakura, meaning Waterfall Cherry Tree. There are more than 10,000 cherry trees all around the town.

 

 

 

JAPANOLOGY PLUS

JAPANOLOGY PLUS

 

With Englishman Peter Barakan as the host, each edition of Japanology Plus presents fresh insights into Japanese life and culture. In the Plus One segment, Matt Alt from the US introduces uniquely Japanese experiences that you can try yourself when you visit Japan! The show also has an occasional talk series: Japanophiles features lively interviews with foreigners doing big things in Japan. Watch Japanology Plus, and you may end up knowing more about Japan than the Japanese do!