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Here is a selection of past TV shows related to Japanese culture.

(The Consulate General of Japan in Frankfurt has no influence whatsoever on the content and design of the programs. The broadcasting stations are solely responsible for these. No guarantee for the information below.)


"Out and about with Gérard Depardieu (Part 1-5)"

(Documentation France 2018, each approx. 30 min.)

“Globetrotter and Japan lover Gérard Depardieu, who owned a Japanese delicatessen in Paris, is touring the land of the rising sun in five episodes. From the art of Japanese geishas to Buddhist zazen meditation, from traditional paper production to the preparation of the actually highly poisonous puffer fish, which is considered a delicacy in Japan: During his encounters with the people and the culture of the traditional country, the French actor lets himself be inspired by guide his curiosity and thirst for discovery "


"A samurai in the Vatican"

(Documentation France 2017, 90 min.)

“A Japanese parchment is stored in Seville that tells an unusual story: at the beginning of the 17th century, the samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga and the Franciscan monk Luis Sotelo set out from Japan to talk with the Pope and the Spanish crown about the opening of a new sea route as Negotiate alternative to sea route to India. Little did they suspect when they set sail for Mexico that their journey would take seven years and lead to the Vatican "


"Seiji Ozawa - Back in Japan"

(Documentation France 2017, 55 min.)

"He is described as a" bundle of energy ", as a" hundred thousand volt conductor ": The 83-year-old Japanese Seiji Ozawa is one of the last remaining conductor legends of a golden era. Portrait of the ambitious maestro and teacher who really made the repertoire of European classical music known in Japan "


"Death by hanging! - The Tokyo War Crimes Trial "

(Documentary film France, Canada, Japan, 2015, 60 min.)

“In 1946, 28 people from the highest Japanese leadership were charged with war crimes. As with the Nuremberg trials in post-war Germany, an example was to be set with the Tokyo trials and those responsible for their terrible atrocities in World War II were to be charged - with the exception of one: the Japanese emperor. However, after three years of investigations, hearings, and pleadings, it all ended in chaos. The documentation tells the story of a forgotten process "


"Shoyu - Secrets of Japanese Cuisine"

(Documentation France 2014, 55 min.)

“More than a thousand years ago, the Japanese discovered Aspergillus oryzae, a tiny organism that is one of the finest of all molds. This mold turns everything it ferments into a delicious elixir. It has been bred in Japan for centuries for the traditional production of soy sauce and rice wine and gives Japanese cuisine its unmistakable taste "


"Games of the World - Naginata in Japan"

(Documentation Germany 2002, 30 min.)

“In Japanese legends it is told how a weapon came into the hands of women in the distant past, which only the warriors were allowed to carry. When a samurai was called to serve at the royal court and left his house without guards, he would give his wife a razor-sharp sickle lance: the Naginata. With this weapon the women left behind were supposed to defend the house and their honor. Naginata, Japanese halberd fencing, is now a popular sport for women. The "sharp weapon" became a bamboo halberd. Form over 120 different sequences of reciprocal attack and defense movements "


"Games of the World - Kyudo in Japan"

(Documentation Germany 2002, 30 min.)

“Among the samurai, archery was considered the highest art of a warrior. And in the event of failure, the samurai were ready to sacrifice their lives without hesitation. Discipline, self-surrender, obedience and loyalty until death, these virtues formed the code of honor. Today archery seems to be a Japanese recreational sport. But the "path of the bow" is much more than that. In Japan, Kyudo is considered a spiritual school for the development of the personality, which should help the Sagittarius to inner clarity. The Japanese commercial enterprises have also recognized the value of the Kyudo, some companies provide their employees "


"Focus on Japan (Part 1-3)"

(Documentation Switzerland 2017, each approx. 40 min.)

“Exotic and exciting, strange and yet fascinating - this is how photographer Patrick Rohr experiences his journey through Japan. The first episode leads to the hectic megacity of Tokyo. There, Patrick Rohr meets the half-Swiss Christine Haruka, the fish seller Yuki, the bartender Yugo and the girl band Kamen Joshi. Rohr explores the Japanese way of life as well as everyday life and the way of thinking and tries to look behind the smile. In the second part of the documentary, photographer Patrick Rohr travels to a coastal city that was destroyed by the tsunami in 2011. He accompanies a fisherman at work and visits the town's old people's home. In addition, Patrick Rohr encounters Japanese efficiency in the Shinkansen high-speed train and dynamic martial arts with peaceful philosophy ... In the third part of the documentary, Patrick Rohr submits to the strict rules of Zen and tries to bring body, mind and breathing into harmony through mindfulness. Rohr also learns how masks are worn in traditional Noh theater and how emotions are expressed with slow movements. In a single bar, photojournalist Rohr gains an insight into the closed world of thoughts and feelings of the younger generation, who are increasingly inclined to individualism, which used to be an expression of western decadence and in the village of Ogimi on Okinawa he meets the oldest people in the world. . "


"Cherry blossoms and red beans"

(Feature film Japan, Germany, France, 2015)

“A small snack for Dorayaki - Japanese pancakes - becomes the center of a kind of blended family: Sentaro listlessly runs the shop as compensation for a crime he has committed. His old, crippled employee Tokue, on the other hand, delves into the preparation of the sweet bean paste with which the pancakes are filled, and thus binds the customers. The student Wakana spends her afternoons here to avoid arguing with her mother. But when it becomes public that Tokue's cripples are characteristics of a cured leprosy disease, the idyll shatters "


"When the Impressionists Discover Japan"

(Documentation France 2017, 55 min.)

“In 1853 American warships force the country to open up economically. It is thanks to travelers like Guimet, Duret, Cernuschi or the Goncourt brothers that porcelain, art objects and colored woodcuts find their way to Europe. The exotic works met with great interest at the world exhibitions in London and Paris and also inspire artists such as Manet, Degas, Whistler, Monet or Van Gogh ... the Impressionists and later the artistic avant-garde succumbed to Japonism. 150 years after the beginning of the Meiji period in 1868, the film traces the connections between Japan and the western world "


"Magical Gardens - Kenroku-en and Murin-an"

(Two documentaries France 2017, approx. 30 min.)

“Kenroku-en in Kanazawa is 400 kilometers west of Tokyo and is one of the most beautiful stately gardens in Japan. The name of Kenroku-en means that the garden corresponds to six notable attributes: it has expanse, tranquility, artistry, authenticity, running water and a wide view. Nowadays visitors to Kenroku-en, even if they are not familiar with the tea ceremony, can reach the same state of mind as someone who has learned the art. If you can feel the beauty of nature, listen to the pleasant sound of the water and admire the wonderful trees and the flying birds - then you can also be receptive to the art of tea, the martial arts and the culture and spirit of Japan
In the late 19th century, the eminent statesman Aritomo Yamagata created a traditional Japanese garden - the Murin-an - in Kyoto, through which a river flows across which everything is designed: trees, rocks, paths and lawns like moss. On the one hand, everything follows the original landscape and the natural course of the river; on the other hand, the surroundings with their mountain landscape are reflected in the design of the garden. The garden is also famous for its many types of moss, which have to be looked after at great expense "


"Asian Contrasts - Reports from Japan and the Philippines"

(Documentation Germany 2016, 45 min.)

“Both countries are in Asia. However, the contrasts between Japan and the Philippines could hardly be greater. ARD correspondent Robert Hetkämper reports on the enthusiasm for robots in Japan, where machines are supposed to satisfy people's emotional needs, and on Filipino TV shows that are being made in the slums of Manila ... "


"Kiki's small delivery service"

(Animated film Japan 1989, director: Hayao Miyazaki, 90 min.)

“The young witch Kiki is 13 years old. According to witchcraft, it is now a matter of spending a year away from home. Kiki happily mounts her broom with the tomcat Jiji, and off we go. They end up in a lively port city, where the nice baker Osono gives them quarters under the roof. Because Kiki's magic powers are still limited to flying, she comes up with the idea of ​​making a living for herself and Jiji with a delivery service. It gets turbulent right from your first delivery flight "


"Numbers write history - August 6, 1945 Hiroshima"

(Documentation France 2017, 25 min.)

“Hiroshima is no longer just the name of a city, but symbolizes the fear of a nuclear war. The history of Hiroshima is reduced to that moment of its annihilation; no memory that does not tell of the horror of those days. But how do you commemorate such a catastrophe and how can you convey to people what happened back then? To understand what happened, it takes more than the war of images that America and Japan fought after the event "


"Fine fabrics, distant countries"

(Documentation France 2017, 55 min.)

“On the small island of Iriomote, which belongs to the Japanese Yaeyama archipelago, Akiko Ishigaki produces and weaves banana fibers, which she dyes with plants from her garden or the jungle. She captures the colors of heaven and earth to create extraordinary fabrics. Her creations, which are just as popular with Issey Miyake as they are in museums for contemporary art, celebrate the unity of man and nature. At the age of 78 Akiko is now passing on the secrets of her craftsmanship to young fashion designers or students of textile sciences and ecology "


"Country-People Adventure: Hokkaido - Japan's Wild North"

(Documentation Germany 2016, 45 min.)

“Untouched nature, vast areas, wild animals - from bears to giant eagles, a landscape with volcanoes, mountains and crystal clear lakes - you can find all of this on the Japanese north island of Hokkaido. ARD correspondent Mario Schmidt and his team visit the island at different times of the year. The Japanese north island of Hokkaido offers everything that is rarely found in the rest of the country: untouched nature, vast expanses, wild animals - from bears to giant eagles. A landscape with volcanoes, mountains and crystal clear lakes. In the northeast is the "end of the world", as Hokkaido's indigenous people called the Shiretoko headland "


"Treasures of the World - Heritage of Humanity: Itsukushima (Japan) Talking Nature"

(Documentary series Germany 1995, 15 min.)

“Shinto and Zen Buddhism, the two great religions of Japan, meet on the island of Itsukushima (Miyajima). The Shinto shrine of Itsukushima, built on stilts in the bank mud, with its large red gate that stands in the water far in front of the island, is one of the most famous sights of Japan ”


"In the realm of the senses"

(Feature film Japan / France 1976, 100 min.)

“With increasing passion, lovers lose themselves in their sexual pleasure, which transcends all taboos and ultimately even doesn't stop at pain and death. Nagisa Oshima's classic is one of the most radical works in film history in its portrayal of sexuality. Kichizô is the owner of a geisha house, in which Sada also works as a servant and prostitute. A passion develops between them that leaves all taboos and conventions behind and becomes increasingly obsessive. The outside world is becoming less and less important for both of them ... "


"Letters from Iwo Jima"

(Feature film USA 2006, 135 min.)

“Iwo Jima, 1945: The Japanese armed forces are preparing for the American attack on the island of Iwo Jima. "Letters from Iwo Jima" is the counterpart to Clint Eastwood's "Flags of our Fathers" and describes the battle from a Japanese point of view. Here too, patriotism and heroism are called into question "


"MareTV Hokkaido - Japan's cold north"

(Documentation Germany 2017, 45 min.)

“Of all things, a small pumpkin made Hokkaido famous. The island is located in Japan's cold north. In winter, ice and snow transform them into a white magical world. It's not just idyllic. Anyone who wants to be on the move in or around Hokkaido has to deal with the cold, snow masses and drift ice. The harsh climate even shapes recreational enjoyment: the ice sculpture competition is doggedly carved for victory. Whole ice palaces are created here with dental drills and chainsaws "


"In the course of time: Sekigahara - the battle of the samurai"

(Documentation France 2016, 25 min.)

"This episode of the series" In the Course of Time "shows how Japan, as a result of what initially seemed insignificant, succeeded 400 years ago in leaving the civil war behind and entering a new era. Japan in 1600: Civil war has been raging in the country for several decades. Since Hideyoshi Toyotomi's death, the five rulers, whom he named for the upbringing and safety of his only five-year-old son Hideyori, have been fighting for power "


"Countdown to a new age: Hiroshima"

(Documentary UK 2014, 95 min.)

“The atomic bomb that fell on Hiroshima in 1945 killed more than 100,000 people and symbolized the end of World War II, but also the beginning of the atomic age. From then on, armed conflicts, international relations and security policy took on a completely new character. The documentary describes the events before, during and after the detonation and tells the story of this turning point in the middle of the 20th century using reports from the last survivors. He also sheds light on the long-term consequences of nuclear weapons drops in Hiroshima and around the world "


"Magical Places around the World - Japan's Samurai Warriors"

(Documentation series France 2014, 25 min.)

“The tradition of professional warriors, which dates back to the early Japanese Middle Ages in the 12th century, fascinates many people around the world. The martial art of the samurai, which requires perfect mastery of the curved, razor-sharp katana long sword, is legendary. But very little is known in western cultures about the life of the samurai. Were they daring and honorable warriors or brutal, bloodthirsty mercenaries who were only indebted to their clan? Philippe Charlier sheds light on the important role that the members of this warlike nobility played in Japan for seven centuries "


"Magical places all over the world - the spirits of the ancestors"

(Documentation series France 2015, 25 min.)

“Every year in August, the whole of Japan celebrates the Obon Festival. Then for a month the souls of the deceased are appeased with various rites and the memory of the ancestors is honored. In the Buddhist tradition, this is the time of year for the souls of the dead to return to their families. Some ancestors are benevolent and protective, others frighten and haunt the living in the form of floating ghosts, the Yurei. This ancient belief is firmly anchored in Japanese culture, and the souls of the ancestors still populate literature, anime films, manga and computer games today "


"On the peaks of the world - Japan Miyama"

(Documentation series France 2009, 45 min.)

“The focus of the documentary series is on mountain regions, which are among the highest in the world, and the people who cope with their everyday lives here.Mount Miyama rises up between heaven and earth on the Japanese Tango Peninsula near the coast. In this region, the imperial family is still venerated in a special way, as the Tenno used to live here for a long time. The coastal regions of Japan facing China offered the population the opportunity to make contact with foreign civilizations and thus to acquire techniques, words, religions and political institutions "


"Ninja - Japan's shadow warrior"

(Documentary 2014, 45 min.)

“Ninja were feared warriors, spies and assassins in ancient Japan. From the 14th century they lived west of Kyoto and defended their independence against the feudal lords of the surrounding provinces. In the 16th century, the shoguns lost power as their vassals fought for supremacy. In these wars the ninja offered their services to anyone who could pay them and played the warlords off against each other ... "



(Feature film Japan 2010, 105 min.)

“A bitter power struggle has broken out between Yakuza clans for rule in Tokyo's underworld, in which every means seems right and outstanding bills are settled by force. Director Takeshi Kitano stages a laconic yakuza epic and gives the genre an ironic note, but keeps the tension until the end ... "


"Lost in Translation"

(Feature film USA 2003, 95 min.)

“Hollywood actor Bob traveled to Tokyo to film a whiskey commercial. One night at the bar of his luxury hotel he met the much younger American Charlotte. As different as the two seem at first glance, they are connected by their loneliness. Together they undertake a curious foray through the foreign metropolis of Tokyo, which they will not soon forget ... "


"By train through the west of Japan"

(Documentary, 45 min.)

“One of the most interesting travel destinations in Japan is the old imperial city of Kyoto. Every year millions of tourists and locals make pilgrimages to the many temples in the city. The largest railway museum in Japan, the Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, is also very popular. Everything here revolves around steam. If you really want to mingle with the locals, you should take a ride on the Keifuku Electric Railroad tram "


"Even the wind seems to be crying"

(Short film France 2016, 55 min.)

“Akihiro, a Japanese journalist, is to produce a report on the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. He decides to take a short break in the park to gain some distance from the disturbing interviews he is conducting. He meets a young woman, Michiko, on the park bench. Finally they spend the afternoon together and Michiko decides to go on a trip to the sea with Akihiro "


"Kyushu - where Japan's green tea grows"

("360 °" geo-report, 50 min.)

“Green tea is much more than a drink in Japan. It can be seen as the key to Japanese culture. It is enjoyment, philosophy and art of living in one. Drinking green tea is considered an art in Japan. In spring, the whole country waits for the so-called first flush - the first harvest of the fine Sencha tea from the island of Kyushu. The largest organic tea-growing area in Japan is located here. "360 °" accompanies the tea farmer Kazuo Watanabe through the production process of the legendary green tea, researches the secret of its healing powers and also shows how much the drink and its preparation ceremony are part of social life in Japan ... "


"Memory of Marnie"

(Feature film Japan 2014, 100 min.)

“Anna suffers from asthma attacks and is therefore sent to the sea by her worried foster mother from the Japanese city. There the introverted girl can finally breathe deeply again. The twelve-year-old is regaining her strength with the lovely Oiwa couple, and while she is scouting out the supposedly new surroundings, she discovers the past instead. The film is an exciting journey through the fragile psyche of a pubescent, imaginative girl who wants nothing more than to be someone else and almost overlooks how valuable his presence is ”


"Piano Forest"

(Feature film Japan 2015, 95 min.)

“Shuhei is an ambitious boy who wants to follow in the footsteps of his famous father and become a pianist. When he and his mother move to the country to live with his sick grandmother, he meets Kai, who is not growing so privileged, at the new school. The two boys are distinguished by their origins, but playing the piano unites them, even if their relationship to this musical instrument is completely different. But one day the two friends face each other as rivals. The film is part of the focus on animation film at ARTE "


"My aunt from Fukushima"

(Documentary by Kyoko Miyake, 75 min.)

“It was the ultimate meltdown. On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9 earthquake struck large parts of Japan. Five months later, the young filmmaker Kyoko Miyake leaves London to visit her aunt in distant Japan, whose life was completely thrown off track by the Fukushima disaster. Contrary to all forecasts, the old lady is hoping for a new beginning soon in her destroyed hometown of Namie. In the middle of the devastated and abandoned city, she goes to her destroyed shops in a radiation suit. Her optimism seems unbroken: she hopes to soon be able to return to her hometown together with her husband. But then the government finally declares the city a restricted zone due to the high radiation levels. Meaningful archive recordings complement the personal comments. For example, private videos from that time are shown, which convey the idyll of the small coastal town. There are also advertising films of the atomic energy industry used, which illustrate in an exemplary way the lie of the supposed safety of atomic energy. The nightmarish images of the destroyed city contrast with the cheerfulness and lightness of Kuniko. But in view of the grueling conditions in the course of the film, the cheerful aunt turns into a thoughtful and broken woman. The personal crisis becomes a symbol for the national crisis that Japanese society is exposed to. The very personal portrait provides insights into a traumatized society that moves between hope and depression "


"Adventure archeology: The Pompeii of Japan - Ichijodani"

(Documentary, 30 min.)

“West of Tokyo is a unique excavation site. Since its discovery, it has been possible to trace the main Japanese traditions back to their origins. The city of Ichijodani was created in the Middle Ages. And some scholars even refer to it as the Pompeii of Japan. The tea ceremony, garden art and architecture go back to medieval Japan. But how did these traditions develop in the first place? And why are they still alive today in Japanese society? So far there have only been incomplete text sources on this. More details have only been known since the excavations in Ichijodani. Peter Eeckhout looks over the shoulders of the archaeologists as they uncover Ichijodani, the castle town of the Asakura family: a town with 10,000 inhabitants from the 16th century, the late Japanese Middle Ages. A rare find, because back then wood was used throughout the country, a material that is not very weather-resistant. Ichijodani is unique in Japan, also for its archaeological gardens and excavation site, which archaeologists had to fight for. Even in the 1970s, the Ichijodani valley was completely covered by rice fields. Extensive construction work for agriculture is planned, but then archaeological finds will come to light. The researchers realize that there is a ground monument under their feet. They are doing everything in their power to stop construction and put the area under protection. Now archaeological excavation work begins, which has never been done before in Japan on this scale "


"What you don't see: Japan-Kyushu"

(Documentary film France, 2013, 30 min.)

“In Japan the volcanoes are the seat of the gods. The Aso volcano on the island of Kyushu embodies in a special way the mystical relationship between the Japanese and geological monsters. On this island, where 60 of the more than 110 volcanoes are still active, Sophie Massieu, accompanied by a Japanese scientist, visits one of the largest gas-spewing volcanoes. When she reached the crater rim, she learned from sulfur sellers that it was a special honor for the Japanese to be very close to the deity of the Aso volcano, who was imagined as a living being.

In order to understand this strange world of belief, the blind French journalist visits a Buddhist and a Shinto priest, whose temples are not far from the crater. While the volcano is a dangerous monster whose mercy is to be sought, it also ensures well-being. In Kurokawa, Sophie Massieu follows the rituals that are essential to enjoy the beneficial springs that gush out of the volcanic rock. In a ryokan, a luxurious traditional guest house, she takes a bath in an onsen, a 46-degree mineral-rich spring that the Japanese have appreciated for four centuries. On her trip to Japan, Sophie Massieu gained insight into a vital piece of wisdom: Since humans cannot tame nature, they have to respect it

The young French journalist Sophie Massieu travels the world. But what she shows her viewers on her multi-stage tour, she cannot see herself. Because Sophie Massieu is blind. In this way we can learn to see the world "with different eyes". ""


"Snow monkeys - kings of winter"

(Documentary, 50 min.)

“When winter begins in the Japanese Alps and the temperature is well below freezing point: This is where the story of the snow monkeys begins, especially that of the eight-month-old Hiro and his clan. Hot volcanic springs feed the Yokoyu River and keep it ice-free throughout the winter. Long ago a brave tribe embarked on a journey of epic proportions. The tribesmen moved thousands of miles across the country. Crossed treacherous mountain passes and deeply snowed in valleys. "


"Architecture: Hope after the Disaster - The House for Everyone in Rikuzentakata"

(Documentary, 30 min.)

“In 2012, a community building was inaugurated in the Japanese coastal town of Rikuzentakata, which was created on the initiative of architects as" Minna no ie "(House for Everyone). It is part of a series of participatory developed buildings that are intended to serve as community facilities and meeting places for the residents of the Tohoku region, which has been devastated by the tsunami and earthquake. The project, which was realized in just five months, received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2012. An example of helpfulness and solidarity after devastating natural events. "


"At home in the world (7/20): Tokyo - the metropolis of microhouses"

(Documentary film France 2015, 25 min.)

“With 13,500 inhabitants per square kilometer, Tokyo is one of the most densely populated cities on earth. There is always a lack of space everywhere. In order to adapt to this situation, there is an architectural innovation in the 38 million metropolis: the microhouses. These tiny houses compete with original shapes to fit into even the smallest cracks in the city.

Philippe Simay first meets Satoishi. He and his family live in a house with an area of ​​25 square meters in the trendy Shibuya district. The flagpole-shaped house extends over three floors and therefore has 80 square meters of living space. The small areas require the highest level of functionality when using the space.

The philosopher learned from 28-year-old Nami that the microhouses only work because the whole city is designed as an extended living room and the two enter into a symbiosis: Public spaces replace private gardens, the countless restaurants replace the dining room, and vending machines on every street corner complement the domestic refrigerator. Young Japanese people often meet their partners in "Love Hotels"; They read books in manga cafes. The architect Manabu Naya designed one of the smallest houses in Shibuya. Its footprint is just 16 square meters. He explains to Philippe the tricks he used during construction to make rooms appear larger

Tokyo's microhouses are not only a refreshing alternative in the midst of residential silos and single-family houses, they are also an alternative to the mass production that was so typical of 20th century Japan. "


"At home in the world (15/20): Japan - Kyoto - An ode to nature"

(Documentary film France 2015, 25 min.)

“Kyoto - today Japan's former imperial city is a modern metropolis. Nevertheless, it manages to preserve the country's greatest cultural treasures. So are the wooden craft houses, so-called machiyas, many of which have shaped the cityscape since the 17th century. After many of the traditional houses were demolished at the beginning of the 20th century, their popularity has increased significantly again in recent years. 8,000 of them are still spread across the entire city, are being renovated and the locals are moving in again. Is this conscious decision to live in a machiya based on cultural or architectural reasons? What is the impulse to live in a house that is deeply rooted in the traditional way of life?

The quintessence of the Japanese way of life is expressed in its simple architecture: in bridges, gardens and a nature that is celebrated everywhere here. Keiichiro has lived with his family for three years in one of the traditional houses, which he had restored in its original style. The rooms, made entirely of specially grown wood, are very changeable. The "design of the void" in the sense of Japanese aesthetics creates space for the essentials: natural materials, simple shapes and clear lines create an open, light-flooded room. Everything is subject to a code right down to the simplest manipulation. The gardeners also follow exact instructions - everything has its place. Because living in a machiya means much more than just living in it ... "


"Mr. Shi and the song of the cicadas (A Thousand Years of Good Prayers) "

(Feature film USA / Japan 2007, 78 min.)

"Mr. Shi, a retired rocket technician from China, is visiting his daughter Yilan in the United States for the first time. Yilan has divorced her Chinese husband, so Mr. Shi is very concerned for his daughter's welfare. While the agile Chinese, despite the language barrier, easily comes into contact with people from all over the world, their own daughter remains closed. Only when the father brings up a traumatic experience from the time of the Cultural Revolution does Yilan's heart open. "


"360 ° GEO Report - The Samurai of Fukushima"

(Documentary, 55 min.)

“It is part of the Japanese samurai's code of honor to face every opponent and fate with discipline - but they were powerless against the catastrophe that devastated the coasts of their country in 2011. Japan is only recovering with difficulty from the devastating tsunami and the nuclear disaster. But this year the samurai riders in the town of Minamisoma on the island of Honshu are celebrating their legendary festival again for the first time - out of tradition and also a little to heal mental wounds. "


"Zen Gardens"

(Documentary, 40 min.)

“In the traditional Japanese view of the world, nature plays an important role. And so gardens have a correspondingly high priority. The country is famous for its Zen gardens, which unfold as grandiose miniature landscapes with trees, bushes and water or convince with barreness and minimalism. But are Zen gardens more than mere images of nature or a decorative work of art?

What do you have to know about Zen in order to understand a garden laid out according to this meditative, Buddhist concept? The "Temple of the Peaceful Dragon" is a Zen temple founded in Kyoto in 1499. The main attraction of the temple is its garden, probably the most famous Zen garden in Japan: The Hojo-Teien was laid out in the middle of the 15th century in the Kare-san-sui style.

The documentary is a journey through the centuries-old Zen gardens of Kyoto and leads to a secluded Zen monastery in the mountains. "Enlightenment is deliverance from suffering," says Buddha. The documentation shows the special nature of this Japanese garden architecture and examines the question of what Zen gardens have to do with salvation. "


"The evolution of the toilet"

(Documentary, 50 min.)

“It's a topic that people don't talk about a lot or like - the cultural history of the toilet says more about people's civilization than you might think.From the latrines of the Romans to the comfort location of today, the handling of the "village" shows how things are with culture. In all countries of the world it looks a little different. Whether China, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, India or Great Britain - every country has its own ideas about hygiene, practical handling and last but not least: the look! "


"Expedition Tsunami"

(Documentary, 50 min.)

“A year after the devastating tsunami in Japan in March 2011, a team of geologists, biologists and oceanographers set out to find out how this tsunami came about and why it was so devastating. The research ship was underway with 25 scientists off the coast of Japan for four weeks "


"The show with the mouse special: Japan mouse"

(30 min.)

“Ralph Caspers reveals the secrets of everyday Japanese life How do people on the other side of the world actually live? To find out, the mouse sends Ralph Caspers to Japan. A Japanese family invites him there to get to know their everyday life. Ralph learns how she lives and that the Japanese do not shake hands in greeting. In a school he discovers how difficult it is to learn to write Japanese: several fonts with thousands of different characters are on the curriculum "


"Visit to Hokusai"

(Documentary France 2014, 50 min.)

“The Great Wave off Kanagawa” by the Japanese Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) is one of the most famous woodcuts. The work is part of his series of "36 Views of Mount Fuji". The artist is also known for his erotic drawings and as the first mangaka in history. In addition to oil paintings and book illustrations, Hokusai's work includes around 30,000 drawings. Up until January 2015, around 500 works by the artist were on view in a large exhibition at the Parisian Grand Palais "


"Touching the Sound - The world of sound of the blind pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii"

(A film by Peter Rosen, 50 min.)

“The Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii was born blind in 1988, but showed great musical talent from an early age and was able to transform his greatest handicap into strength: the piano became a sonorous means of expression for his inner world. Nobuyuki was playing "Jingle Bells" on his toy piano when he was two years old when he had heard the melody quite casually - sung by his mother in the next room. At the age of four he began his continuous musical education, and at the age of ten he already made his stage debut with the Osaka Century Symphony Orchestra "


"The Bay"

(Documentary USA 2009, 85 min.)

“Every year around 2,000 dolphins are driven into a bay that cannot be seen from the outside in the Japanese coastal town of Taiji. Some of the animals are caught and sold to marine parks and dolphinariums. However, the majority of them are brutally slaughtered and then sold as delicacies, despite the commercial whaling ban in force since 1986. The Oscar-winning documentary accompanies environmental activists who are documenting the full extent of the animal welfare scandal for the first time with extensive means and against massive opposition from the Japanese authorities "



(Cartoon Japan 1988, 124 min.)

“Akira” leads into the futuristic neo-Tokyo of 2019: the city is in chaos. From among the people, it is primarily the students who revolt against an authority that they overlooked during the reforms. But the state strikes back brutally. Kaneda is the leader of a motorcycle gang and has to watch as his friend Tetsuo develops psychic abilities after an accident. With his fantasies of omnipotence and his destructiveness, he is increasingly resembling Akira, the monster that destroyed Tokyo 30 years ago. Kaneda tries everything to prevent the disaster "


"How the wind rises"

(Cartoon Japan 2013, director: Hayao Miyazaki, 120 min.)

“Little Jiro wants to become an aircraft designer and is doing everything to make his dream come true. He becomes a successful engineer and meets Naoko, the love of his life. But then things take a bad turn and Jiro's life is less like a dream than a nightmare. In his last film, Oscar winner Hayao Miyazaki tells the story of Jiro Horikoshi, the Japanese aircraft pioneer whose designs were used in the Pacific War "


“Travel through America. Brazil - Japanese emigrants in the Amazon "

(Documentary, 25 min.)

“Brazil experienced a wave of immigration between 1910 and 1929: In just under 20 years, more than one and a half million migrants came into the country, mainly as agricultural workers. Most of them looked for a new beginning on this side of the Atlantic after the First World War. In the 1920s, a small group of Japanese farmers received a piece of land in the Amazon. After years of work, their descendants have now become wealthy farmers thanks to their rich natural resources "



(Feature film Japan 1985, director: Akira Kurosawa, 155 min.)

"Inspired by Shakespeare's" King Lear "and the biography of the military, Mori Motonari, Akira Kurosawa stages the dramatic story of an aging king and his three sons in 16th century Japan with" Ran ". The epic is not only an impressive film spectacle with a unique setting, but also a touching parable about the individual in his search between good and evil, between power and longing for fulfillment and peace "


"Chernobyl, Fukushima - Life in the Risk Area"

(Documentary film France 2016, 90 min.)

“30 years after the Chernobyl reactor accident and five years after the Fukushima meltdown, the consequences of these disasters continue to have an effect - not only in the regions directly affected, but also in the so-called weakly contaminated settlement areas. People from Belarus, Norway and Japan describe their everyday life and provide insight into the long-term consequences of reactor accidents "


"The Architect Tadao Ando - From Emptiness to Infinity"

(Documentary Germany, 25 min.)

“The documentary portrays the Japanese" master of minimalism ": Tadao Ando. Its award-winning architecture made of exposed concrete creates the spectacular connection between Japanese tradition and contemporary modernity. The film is a journey to the buildings of the world-famous architect and into the universe of Ando, ​​who comments on his works himself "


"Estate" (Omokage)

(Short film Japan 2010, director: Maki Satake, 20 min.)

"The Japanese Maki Satake goes to" Nachlass "on the basis of photos of her deceased grandfather, who often photographed her as a child, on a search for clues: She travels back to the places where the pictures were taken, sets black and white photos and reality, Past and present in relation to each other and lets memories come to life "



(Feature film USA 2009, 85 min.)

“The sympathetic music professor Parker Wilson (Richard Gere) lives with his family in a quiet town in New England. When he came home from work one evening, as always, on the 5pm train, a puppy ran in front of his feet. The abandoned animal fell out of a damaged transport box, address labels are missing. On the spur of the moment, Parker takes the cute guy home with him. Despite all efforts, all attempts to find the rightful owner remain unsuccessful. So Parker keeps the dog "


"NaturNah: Zen in Planten un Blomen - The Japanese Garden turns 25"

(Documentary, 30 min.)

“Europe's largest Japanese garden is located in Hamburg and has unfortunately gone a little out of shape in recent years. Now landscape planner Markus Weiler is supposed to make it a birthday party for the city. Actually, he's the right man for it. Because 25 years ago he was in charge of the construction as a young site manager. Weiler even went to Hamburg's twin city Osaka for six months, where he learned the difficult craft from the master of the trade. But now he has been doing a managerial office job for years and has to realize that his knowledge of the highly complex garden world of Asians is also getting on in years. The only thing he remembers exactly: you can do an incredible amount of things as a European! "


"Planet School: Quarks at Planet School: Fukushima - No End in Sight"

(Documentary, 30 min.)

“Even years after the accident at the Japanese nuclear power plant in Fukushima Daiichi, the Japanese are constantly working to get the consequences of the reactor disaster under control. "Quarks" presenter Ranga Yogeshwar traveled to Japan and carried out his own radiation measurements in Fukushima. The science journalist's team was the first foreign reporter team to have such extensive access and such exclusive shooting opportunities. The journalists were able to get an idea of ​​the status of the clean-up work from both the control room in Block 1 and the cooling pool in Block 4 "


"By train through Japan"

(Documentary by Susanne Mayer-Hagmann, 45 min.)

“At the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 1964, the Shinkansen was presented to the astonished world for the first time. There had never been a train of this type - in terms of shape and speed - before. He was a pioneer of a new railway era, the era of high-speed railcars such as the TGV or the ICE. With a constant 200 kilometers per hour, the Japanese super trains reached a speed that was previously unthinkable. Little by little, the special Shinkansen routes spread across Japan. They hold the island together like an iron backbone. But Japan is not just a country of speed and high technology. Steam trains may have become rare in the land of the rising sun, but they still exist. For example the Oigawa Railway, which takes its passengers through the famous Kawane tea-growing region up to the mountains "


"Medicine in Far Lands: Japan - The Secrets of Sumo Wrestlers"

(Documentary film France, 30 min.)

“On his journey around the world, the experienced doctor Bernard Fontanille discovers which methods people have developed to cure illnesses and relieve pain - and to what extent the medical practices of a country also reflect the foundations of a culture
In Japan, Bernard Inui meets Tomoyuki, a medical supervisor for sumo wrestlers. "


"Made in Tokyo - Art, Fashion and Music"

(Documentary, 30 min.)

“Tokyo is home to many artists, performers and other creative minds. One of Japan's most famous pop artists, Keiichi Tanaami, has his studio here. His colorful pictures are inspired by childhood memories and dream worlds. Tokyo's streets are catwalks for women in original clothes. One of the most successful fashion bloggers is Juno Suzuki. She photographs fashion and works as a photo model. Music is just as important as fashion in Tokyo. Thousands of young Japanese hope to become successful as musicians "


"A monkey for every season"

(Documentary, 40 min.)

“Well known are the pictures of the Japanese snow monkeys, who warm up at hot, steaming springs in the middle of the icy winter, their beards iced over and their faces frozen red. 40 years ago, this behavior was considered a sensation and went through the world press. Today we know that the red-faced macaques in the remote Jigokudani Valley fight against the rigors of winter in this way every year "


"The gold of the samurai"

(Documentary, 40 min.)

“In the spring of 2005, two larger than man-sized golden fish lured hundreds of thousands of visitors to Nagoya, to an exhibition in which everything revolves around these golden protective symbols for the city's castle. The faces of the visitors shine with the shiny surface of the fish, and the enthusiasm becomes limitless when, after waiting for hours, you can finally touch the magic metal with your hand

For a few seconds only, the line of people keeps pushing on. There are two reasons for this mass enthusiasm for the golden fish of Nagoya: The Japanese revere gold as a good luck charm, and Nagoya Castle, on the roof of which the fish will be placed again after the restoration and exhibition, represents the most important era in the history of the Country "


"Hessenreporter: Searching for clues in Japanese - out and about with Hessian mountain bikers"

(Report, Germany 2013, 30 min.)

“They want to go high with their bikes - up to Mount Fuji. The Hinterland mountain bikers have set an Asian goal in their heads this time. They want to discover traces of Hesse in Japan and climb the 3,776 meter high mountain. Will they make it? Your journey begins in Marburg in the center of Japan. Here at the university they are trying to find the first clues about Hessen who emigrated to Japan. Their journey is still a long way off, but soon they find themselves in the dense, very chaotic traffic of Nagasaki

In Japan's big cities they are an absolute exception with their bikes, so you have to be very careful. There is no time to be afraid, because they have a strict program for their eight-day trip - it is bad enough that they sometimes have difficulties finding their way. Whether you are a baker, sales representative or camera manufacturer, your search is full of obstacles - and there is also the desire to cycle on a high-rise and climb the mountain, which is unfortunately covered with snow and quite high

Report from the series "Hessenreporter" by Petra Stein.


"Karaoke! - Sing until the microphone glows "

(Documentary France 2014, 52 min.)

“Karaoke is often seen as a stuffy pastime where people sing wrongly to bad music. And yet the "singing sport" has millions of fans worldwide and the karaoke industry is booming. In Japan alone, an annual turnover of around 4 billion euros is achieved. Reason enough to take a closer look at the phenomenon of karaoke ... "


"Winter Magic in Japan"

(Documentary Germany 2005, 20 min.)

“Whether chili harvest in the snow or monastic rites - the facets of Japan are innumerable. And especially in winter you experience Japan from an unfamiliar side.
The documentation "Winter Magic in Japan" introduces this page “


"Japanese Delight"

(Documentary film France 2012, 60 min.)

"The 15th dance biennial in Lyon is the venue for a very special performance. The organizers of the festival have won three top-class Japanese ensembles for the show" Japanese Delight ", which amaze the audience with street dance at the highest level"


"Japan: Mountain Spirits and Snow Flurries"

(Documentary Germany 2005, 15 min.)

“Japan is more than Tokyo and Toyota. In the rural provinces you will meet people with exotic customs. Japan is still traditional there and the roots of modern economic power can be found. The documentary "Japan: Mountain Spirits and Snow Flurries" presents Japanese customs "


"Big in Japan - a draftsman in the land of characters"

(Documentary Germany 2015, 45 min.)

“The purist draftsman Nicolas Mahler is the first German-speaking artist that the Japanese have ever invited to exhibit in the famous Manga Museum in Kyoto. Characteristics of his work are minimalism, simplicity, and attention to detail, which can be found admirably in Japanese society. The 45-year-old Viennese gained international recognition primarily with the comic adaptations of Thomas Bernhard's "Old Masters", Robert Musil's "The Man Without Qualities" and the series about "Flaschko, the man in the electric blanket" "


"Best design bars in the world - the power of the panorama"

(Documentary Germany 2010, 26 min.)

“The Japanese capital Tokyo is one of the most populous cities in the world. The streets of the metropolises are hectic day and night. Retreats are rare. In 2003 the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower was built. The exclusive Roppongi Hills Club is located on the 51st floor of the 238 meter high tower. Its spectacular panorama, on which the entire design concept is geared, is reserved for a group of 3,400 members - primarily corporate bosses and diplomats - who find a place of retreat here in the so-called marketplace of the 21st century "


"Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan"

(Documentary Germany, 45 min.)

“The cherry blossom season marks a high point in the Japanese calendar and the beginning of spring. It is a symbol of ephemeral beauty and says that life is beautiful but short. Sakura is more than a tree. For the Japanese, sakura is synonymous with rebirth, life and hope. The otherwise monotonous-looking Japan is bathed in a sea of ​​cherry blossoms in pink and white and is suddenly unreally beautiful. In the ten days or so when the cherries are in bloom, almost all residents of Japan celebrate the cherry blossom festival with friends, colleagues or family "


"Ponyo - The great adventure by the sea (崖 の 上 の ポ ニ ョ)"

(Animated film Japan 2008, director: Hayao Miyazaki, 95 min.)

“The goldfish girl Ponyo lives with her hundreds of sisters in the care of her father, the sea magician Fujimoto. When Ponyo goes on a journey of discovery alone in the sea, she gets caught in a mason jar. The boy Sosuke fishes the glass out of the water on the beach, frees the cute goldfish, calls him Ponyo and takes him home. But Fujimoto, who distrusts people, brings his daughter back to his underwater kingdom and locks her up. Ponyo has grown fond of Sosuke and only wants one thing: to him, to the people "


"Arrietty - The wondrous world of borrowers (借 り ぐ ら し の ア リ エ ッ テ ィ)"

(Animated film Japan 2010, director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi, script: Hayao Miyazaki, 90 min.)

“Borgers are small people, barely the size of a hand, who borrow from people what they need to live and only take such small amounts that it is not noticeable. Arrietty lives undiscovered with her parents in an elderly lady's house. On her fourteenth birthday, Arrietty is allowed to take her first borrowing excursion into people's homes. She climbs tables and cupboards with her climbing gear, nimble and agile, but then what is not allowed to happen happens: the boy Sho sees her. He is visiting his great-aunt and is supposed to recharge his batteries for his upcoming heart operation. Sho means well with Arrietty "


"Sushi in Suhl"

(Feature film Germany 2012, 90 min.)

“The chef Rolf Anschütz runs the Waffenschmied restaurant in Suhl, Thuringia, together with his wife Ingrid, but he is bored with the traditional cuisine of his homeland. For fun he improvises a "Japanese" dish of the kind he imagines on "Japanese" furniture based on an international cookbook for his initially unsettled friends. With ingenuity and irrepressible ambition, Anschütz soon becomes a true expert on Japan and sets up a restaurant in tranquil southern Thuringia that is known far beyond the borders of the GDR. But everything has its price "


"Japan - Porcelain Manufactory in the Kakiemon Tradition"

(Documentation Netherlands 2012, 55 min.)

“By depicting the production of the famous Japanese Kakiemon porcelain, the documentation describes the transmission of a centuries-old tradition that is part of the Japanese cultural heritage. The photos of the craftsmen in their contemplative work illustrate the grace of their gestures and the beauty of materials and colors "


"Prayer - Inori"

(Documentary Japan 2012, 66 min.)

“In a small Japanese mountain village there are only old people. The youth moved away to find work in the city. The ancients live to the rhythm of the seasons, in complete harmony with nature. Pedro González-Rubio filmed the face of a rural, secluded Japan that is rarely shown "


"The last fireflies (火 垂 る の 墓)"

(Animated film Japan 1988, director: Isao Takahata, 85 min.)

“Japan, 1945: Two orphans wander homeless through the destroyed Kobe. - Harrowing anti-war film, a masterpiece of Japanese anime. 14-year-old Seita and his little sister Setsuko lost their mother to the bombs. An aunt takes the children in, but the two additional eaters are a thorn in her side. Seita moves away with his sister. But where should they go? At a small lake away from the city, the two finally try to lead a wild life alone, but that turns out to be an impossibility ”


"Journeys of discovery to the end of the world: Japan - Hokkaido and Honshu"

(Documentary USA 2008, 24 min.)

“In the documentary series, the American nature photographer Art Wolfe invites you on a journey of discovery into the most remote areas of the world. In this episode: For many, Japan is a country that never stands still. But Japan has an equally impressive other side: especially in winter, away from the metropolises, there is a fascinating landscape characterized by tranquility and simplicity "


"360 ° Geo Reportage Miyako - Island of Long Life"

(Documentary by Svea Andersson, France / Germany 2006, 55 min.)

“On the Japanese island of Miyako, people get the oldest and mostly stay healthy. There are many over centenarians here. "360 ° Geo Reportage" tells of these people who have known the world for a century and are still in the middle of life. "


"A life under the sign of Zen"

(Documentary Japan 2004, 52 min.)

“The documentary gives deep insights into Zen Buddhism and delves into the life of a temple and its spiritual leader in one of the most important monasteries in Japan. The temple was founded in the 13th century by Master Dogen. The literate monk established the first monastery of Zen Buddhism and passed on the teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni as a spiritual path of liberation and enlightenment "


"Dashi, that's how Japan tastes!"

(Documentary Japan / France 2014, 43 min.)

“In Japanese cuisine, Dashi fish stock gives numerous dishes their unmistakable flavor. The instant powder is made from three different basic ingredients, each of which stands for its own natural area: bonito flakes obtained from the sea, kombu algae from the coast and dried shiitake mushrooms from the forest. Anyone looking for these ingredients will discover essential facets of Japanese culture and learn more about the relationship between the Japanese and nature "


"Atonement (Shokuzai) Part 1 / Part 2"

(Feature film Japan 2013, director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 115/150 min.)

“A village in Japan - four little girls witness the murder of their friend and classmate Emili. Traumatized, none of the children is able to remember the face of the murderer. Emili's mother Asako, who can't live with the thought that her daughter's murderer has not yet been captured, calls the four girls to her home. If you don't remember what the perpetrator looked like, you would lose the rest of your life for it "


"Imperium - The Sword of the Shoguns" (Terra X)

(Documentary Germany 2010, 43 min.)

“Japan is a country of warriors that has been torn by wars for long periods of history. The samurai's strict code was born out of these wars. "The warrior doesn't care whether you call him a monster or a dog; the main thing is victory!" writes a Japanese warlord of the 16th century. Finally, after centuries of war between the many princes, one of them succeeds in uniting the country under his rule. Tokugawa Ieyasu founds a dynasty that will rule the country peacefully until the 19th century "


"Tokyo-ga - A filmed diary"

(Documentary Germany 1990, 90 min.)

“In the spring of 1983 Wim Wenders traveled to Tokyo with his cameraman Ed Lachman to follow in the footsteps of the film director and chronicler of rapidly changing Japanese society, Yasujiro Ozu, who died in 1963. The documentary is an impressive film document about a fascinating city, about alienation and filmmaking "


"The Samurai - Love, Cruelty and Intrigue"

(Documentary GB 2013, 53 min.)

“The samurai have been revered as death-defying elite warriors since the 8th century. Their outstanding martial arts, their unusual courage and, above all, their special code of honor are world-famous. But are the Far Eastern knights really the heroes from the picture book? "


"Human Heritage: Hiroshima, Japan - The Bomb and Time"

(Documentary Germany 2001, 20 min.)

“On August 6, 1945, at eight fifteen in the morning, time stood still in Japan: the Americans dropped the first atomic bomb on the country. After the war, Hiroshima was rebuilt from scratch and is now a bustling city. There are still atomic bomb victims, but you don't meet them. They live withdrawn and do not fit into the modern city. Since 1996 the ruins of the old Hiroshima Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the so-called "atomic bomb dome", have been part of the world cultural heritage and are considered the city's landmark "


"Hiroshima, August 6, 1945 - The Nuclear Threat" (20 days in the 20th century)

(Documentary Germany 1999, 45 min.)

“The documentation offers a review of the atomic bombing on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 using historical images and interviews with surviving contemporary witnesses. The film also sheds light on the nuclear arms race that began after this epoch-making event in the Cold War of the superpowers and the nuclear threat that still exists "


"Rays from the Ashes - The Survivors of Hiroshima" (The TV box extra)

(Documentation, Germany 1960, 40 min.)


"Nagasaki - Why did the second bomb fall?"

(Documentary by Klaus Scherer, Germany 2015, 45 min.)

“On August 6 and 9, 1945, the only two atomic bombs in the history of the war detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Since then, the thesis has persisted worldwide that this weapon also ended the Second World War. In this documentation by Klaus Scherer, international historians complain that this claim was always wrong. Then why did the atomic bombs fall? Klaus Scherer, who lived for ten years as an ARD correspondent in Japan and America, looks for answers in his documentation and thus demystifies the myth of the atomic bomb as a perfidious transfiguration of an alleged war crime against civilians "


"Days that moved the world: Hiroshima" (BBC)

(Documentary by Stephen Walker, GB 2003, 50 min.)

“The dropping of the atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima was the first military use of a nuclear weapon in history. This US bombing and the one that followed three days later on Nagasaki led to the surrender of Japan and the end of World War II. The documentation recapitulates the day the bomb was dropped: from the perspective of the pilot and crew of the Enola Gay bomber, the decision-makers in the background and the residents of Hiroshima "


"Japan - Ashes and Age"

(Documentary Japan 2012, 50 min.)

“Two thirds of the Japanese archipelago are covered with forest. By adapting to the cyclical rhythm of nature, the first settlers managed to gain a foothold here and live in almost complete self-sufficiency. For a year, the filmmaker Shohei Shibata observed how the forest is constantly being renewed in harmony with the activities of its inhabitants ”


"Greenery: Oasis of Silence - The Japanese Garden in Kaiserslautern"

(Report Germany 2014, 30 min.)

“With an area of ​​around 13,500 square meters, the Japanese Garden in Kaiserslautern is the largest Japanese garden in Europe and the first of its kind in Rhineland-Palatinate. "Green stuff" is on the move here, because not only is its size remarkable, but also its unique ambience. The Japanese Garden in Kaiserslautern opened its doors in April 2000 - at the same time as the State Garden Show there, the first in Rhineland-Palatinate "


"360 ° Geo Report. The mermaids of Japan "

(Documentary France / Germany 2009, 43 min.)

"Ama," women of the sea, "they call themselves. They fetch precious seafood from the bottom of the ocean well into old age, defying the depths only with the strength of their breath. Their skin is tanned by wind and water, their voices are deep and loud. For decades, nine women from the Japanese Shima peninsula have been sharing a boat and have grown together to form a close marine family. "360 ° Geo Reportage" dives into the closed world of a group of Ama "


"Planet Knowledge: Myth Samurai"

(Knowledge magazine Germany, 60 min.)

“Discipline, self-surrender, obedience and loyalty until death - that is the samurai's code of honor - to this day it nourishes the myth of the noble warrior caste of Japan. The samurai embody the image of the bold swordsman and archer who is loyal to the emperor. But the knights were not nearly as noble and loyal in the warlike phases of their era, knows Japan historian Dr. Jan Schmidt. On the contrary! Most samurai were power-hungry warrior lords - shoguns who established their own rule "


"In Germany around the world (5/12): Japan in Düsseldorf"

(Report Germany, 30 min.)

“Today Pierre M. Krause takes a look at how Japanese Düsseldorf is and how Jeck the Japanese are. With around 8,000 members, the largest Japanese community in Germany lives in Düsseldorf. No city in the world outside of Japan has a higher percentage of the Japanese population. Together with the rapper Blumio, he looks at 'Little Tokyo' on Immermannstrasse. Pierre M. Krause prays in the temple, sings karaoke and lets a girl beat him while doing kendo "



(Documentary Japan 2010, 45 min.)

“The powerful geisha, the cherry blossom on Japan's highest mountain, Mount Fuji, the strict rules of sumo wrestlers, but also the ubiquitous electronic devices or the numerous Japanese cars on our streets. "Discovery Atlas: Japan" describes this fascinating tension between tradition and modernity and offers an insight into the unique culture of this highly developed country "


"ZDF History - The Last Samurai Warrior"

(Documentary Germany 2015, 45 min.)

“One of Japan's most famous samurai warriors is a woman: Takeko Nakano. Her heroic death in the Battle of Aizu in 1868 made her a legend and at the same time marks the end of the samurai era. The story of the Japanese samurai is mostly told as a story by men. Many women also fought in their ranks. Takeko Nakano, daughter of a respected samurai family, becomes a master in traditional martial arts. When the power struggle between the troops of the emperor and the shogun breaks out in Japan, Takeko Nakano leads a group of women warriors into the battle of Aizu "


"Winter Magic in Japan"

(Documentary Germany, 45 min.)

“The film author Jens-Uwe Heins and his team observed the magical nature in northern Japan for two winters. In the process, extraordinary images of dreamy mountain landscapes, rare giant sea eagles, the courtship dances of the cranes and the joys of bathing snow monkeys were created. 2,000 giant sea eagles from Siberia and Kamchatka alone winter on Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island. On the fish-rich coast, the largest eagles in the world with their bright yellow beaks are hunting for prey or they can be watched over the sea with breathtaking flight games "


"In the land of the rising sun"

(Documentary Germany, 45 min.)

“Japan is the land of the rising sun, the land of Shinto and Zen Buddhism, the land of cherry blossoms and kimonos, of haste, of haste and of the many people in a small space. Shinto and Zen Buddhism, the two great religions of Japan, meet on the island of Itsukushima (Miyajima). Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, a large red gate standing in the water far from the island, is a famous landmark in Japan. In ancient times, Itsukushima was not allowed to be entered because everything on the island belonged to the gods or was god himself "



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