Summary: NHK's BEGIN Japanology, hosted by Peter Barakan, invites you into the world of Japanese culture, both traditional and modern, explaining how traditions evolved and the part they still play today in people's everyday lives.
NHK World Link: http://www.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/tv/japanology/ Hosted by: Peter Barakan Narrator: Stuart Varnam-Atkin Directed by: Hitoshi Nishiyama, Mamoru Abe, Mikio Nakayama, Masayuki Ochiai Genre: Japanese TV Runtimes: Approx. 28 min each Country: Japan Language: English Subtitles: none
This month, we present a special talk-show series called Japanophiles, featuring lively interviews with foreigners living in Japan. Many of Japan's mountain communities suffer from aging, shrinking populations. Karl Bengs is a German who moved 20 years ago to one such community, Takedokoro. Bengs is an architectural designer who specializes in renovating old Japanese houses. He has rebuilt several homes in Takedokoro so far, attracting new residents and breathing fresh life into the village.
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