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CATCH JAPAN

Aired: December 24, 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-SPORTS

The “Host Town” initiative is a project that aims for regional revitalization through cultural, economic, and athletic exchange between residents of countries and regions participating in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Honjo City in Saitama Prefecture is the host town of Turkey’s Para Taekwondo National Team, and will host them for pre-games training camp. This segment features the city’s activities such as holding a blind soccer class experience for local children in aims to achieve an inclusive society where both people with and without disabilities support each other.

Students participating in a blind soccer class
Practicing blind soccer

J-TOWN

Kitakata, a city in Fukushima Prefecture, is well known in Japan for its delicious ramen and sake, and locals are determined to take its fame onto the world stage. In this segment, Zoe Vincent, who had lived in the area for 4 years, learns what makes Kitakata's ramen and sake special, and what the community is doing to share the appeal of these local specialties with international visitors.

Water of Mt. Iide used in the breweries in Kitakata
Zoe tries a new type of sake with a strawberry flavor

J-STREET

Kagurazaka in Tokyo is a place where Japanese traditional and contemporary shops co-exist in harmony. In this segment, we visit Kagurazaka’s atmospheric and maze-like backstreet alleys where you can sometimes hear the ambient music of the Japanese Shamisen string instrument.

Photographer Yamaguchi Masahiro
A backstreet alley in Kagurazaka

J-NATURE

There are currently 34 national parks throughout Japan. In this segment, we follow Janni Olsson and nature guides as they visit Akan-Mashu National Park in northern Japan and encounter natural phenomena that occur only during wintertime while exploring the culture of the indigenous Ainu peoples.

Reporter Janni Olsson visiting Lake Akan Ainu Village
Janni with a nature guide on a walking tour over frozen Lake Akan

Host

Maxwell Powers

Voice Actor/MC/Bilingual Pro
From Oakland, California

Maxwell Powers

Our Series

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Explore Japan This series will feature how various culture in modern Japan and overseas blend together and influence each other.
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