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CATCH JAPAN

Aired: July 30, 2020 (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-TOWN

“Now is the time to take on new challenges” says vice chief director Terade Masahiro of the Tsukiji Outer Market Shopping District Association as he works on various plans to cope with today’s tough times. Tsukiji Market’s well-known shops have come together, each providing one ingredient to create a special take-out bento lunch box. This segment documents the market’s initiatives to develop new business models amidst the coronavirus crisis.

Tsukiji’s special Hanamusubi bento lunchbox
Tsukiji area in July 2020

J-STREET

The second installment of J-Street featuring “Yokocho,” or street alleys from photographer Yamaguchi Masahiro’s photobook: Tokyo Back Street Alleys. This time, we’ll introduce the “Harmonica Yokocho” alley in Kichijoji, Tokyo. It is lined with almost a hundred shops, bars, diners, fish, pickle stores, fashion boutiques in the daytime and sake bars at night. This time, CATCH JAPAN host Maxwell Powers visits Harmonica Yokocho and talks with locals about the effects of the coronavirus on the area.

Harmonica Yokocho
Photographer Yamaguchi Masahiro

J-NATURE

Japan has 34 national parks throughout the nation. They are characterized by rich natural landscapes transforming through the seasons, and the people living within the park grounds have learned to coexist with nature. This segment will be the prologue to a series featuring the national parks of Japan.

Tsutenkyo Arch in the Oki Islands
Whooper Swans at Lake Kussharo

Host

Maxwell Powers

Voice Actor/MC/Bilingual Pro
From Oakland, California

Maxwell Powers

Our Series

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.
At One with Nature – National Parks of Japan In this series, we’ll visit national parks in Japan to meet the people that call them home, enjoy seasonal views that have inspired artists and writers for centuries, and explore their landmarks.
SPIRIT OF JAPAN A documentary series that features remarkable industries in Japan. The program introduces the history and wisdom behind Japan’s technological strength and specialties, which are helping to revitalize regional areas of the country.
ASEAN Now and the Future II – Discover New Buena Vista This series involved a new set of partners. It was produced by TV broadcasters in Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, with advice from visiting program production experts from NHK International in Japan.
Washoku World Challenge The series will follow the regional qualifying tournaments and the final tournament of the sixth “Washoku World Challenge,” a cooking contest in which non-Japanese Washoku chefs from throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Japan will pit their skills against one another, as they strive in earnest to inherit, pass on and cultivate their Washoku cooking skills.
The Next 100 Years Iconic Japanese company Panasonic is celebrating 100 years in business.What is this leading Japanese enterprise doing to ensure the company thrives for the next 100 years? One key strategy is to take a fresh look at the potential of the people who form the backbone of the company and another key challenge is to create new value.
Future Highway Express As globalization rapidly accelerates, truck logistics routes that connect various countries are playing a key role in supporting each national economy. These are the Future Highways that are creating the path into the future. Seen through the eyes of the truck drivers, this two-part series program depicts the landscapes and places of interest in each region.
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