Interesting Items of the Week: Documentaries!
Short (sometimes) videos or stories about interesting Japanese culture, language, entertainment, and many other things.
Starting with the most interesting for me: “A train ride into Japan’s past”. This is a documentary that takes us from Fukuoka to Ibusuki by different trains. From ‘normal’ city trains, to the Shinkansen, to a luxury train, and even a steam train. Explore the countryside and traditions of Japan’s Kyushu island. The one thing I wish they would have done with this documentary though, was get someone that knows Japanese pronunciation. I hate to be like this, and I am far from perfect, but if you can get past the way he pronounces city names it is an outstanding documentary. The guy they used to narrate the Japanese speakers was did a great job with pronunciation though.
“Embracing Village Life in Japan” is a documentary about a German couple that bought a house, and currently live, in a fading country town. Very nice documentary about nature and country life in Japan. Use the link in the video title to view it, NHKWORLD-JAPAN won’t allow their videos to be embedded in other websites. Boo NHK.
“Japan The Way of Zen: Zen Buddhism Documentary” has a very misleading title. This documentary is about a few different Japanese cities and Japan as a whole. There is very little description of Zen Buddhism other than quick mentions of small customs that have come from Buddhism. And no, visiting a temple or shrine is not an everyday part of life in Japan.