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CATCH JAPAN

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Aired: April 25, 2019 (UTC)


Series Information

Explore a colorful variety of modern Japan’s most popular topics, including food, technology, ecology and regional promotions, with a focus on the innovative ideas and passionate effort from the people behind it all.

J-FACTORY

“Egi” is a traditional lure to catch squid and squid-fishing using it is becoming widely known as “Eging” among anglers. Yamashita, a manufacturer of fishing equipment, continues to develop innovative squid jigs through researching the biology of the animals. This segment documents the efforts of a long-standing manufacturer to spread the joy of fishing.

Eisuke Kawakami, Eging Master
An Egi squid lure

J-FOOD

Shimo-kitazawa is a vibrant hub of Tokyo culture and trends. A restaurant in the area hosted a pop-up dining event that embodies a new movement in Japanese cuisine; an on-the-spot, improvised dining experience accompanied by information on the origins and concepts behind the dishes. This segment highlights a new form of Japan’s ever-evolving cuisine.

David Israelow, Japanese cuisine chef
Salmon & Trout, restaurant in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo

J-ECO

Increased awareness towards the use of plastic are beginning to gain ground worldwide. A material called LIMEX, developed by Japanese venture company TBM, has been attracting attention as an alternative to paper and plastic.

At the TBM headquarters in Ginza, Tokyo
Products made of LIMEX

J-ADVENTURE

Mount Fuji is an icon of Japan. Situated on the border of Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures, it's Japan's highest mountain. In this segment, a team of adventurers set off to climb to its peak using the Yoshida Trail. From the top of the mountain, they are planning a 50-day journey around Japan using only physical power, such as running, cycling, and kayaking. This is the start of an adventure that they call “runAway.”
For more runAway adventures, check out: https://www.youtube.com/runawayjapan

runAway team climbing Mt. Fuji
Praying at the Komitake Shrine before the climb

Host

Maxwell Powers

Voice Actor/MC/Bilingual Pro
From Oakland, California

Maxwell Powers

Our Series

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Catch Japan Explore a colorful variety of modern Japan’s most popular topics, including food, technology, ecology and regional promotions, with a focus on the innovative ideas and passionate effort from the people behind it all.
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