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CATCH JAPAN

Aired: February 25, 2021 (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

Osemachi is a rural community in northeast Japan. Like many Japanese towns and villages, it is struggling to cope with population decline. Adam Fulford, a community consultant, has been invited to participate in a new initiative. The first step is a workshop where Adam will be aiming to identify the community's unique appeal and some of the challenges it faces, together with local residents.

During the workshop in Osemachi
A scenic overlook of Osemachi in Fukushima Pref.

J-CONNECTION

Overseas travel has been put on a standstill due to the spread of COVID-19. As a preemptive move for when the pandemic subsides, the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has launched a project to introduce the charms of Japan from the unique perspective of foreign nationals living in the country. Popular YouTuber John Daub has been invited to share his know-how on how to effectively communicate Japan’s appeal to a worldwide audience via social media.

John Daub
During the online discussion with John and a group of influencers living in Japan

J-FOOD

The Washoku World Challenge is a culinary competition for non-Japanese chefs of Washoku, or Japanese cuisine. This year, due the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the contest was held online. Organizers carefully consider this format’s positives and negatives, working on how to further popularize the contest. This segment documents new ways on how Washoku continues to expand worldwide, as seen through the online event.

A dish presented during the Washoku World Challenge competition
Washoku World Challenge finalists

J-MOUNTAIN

Dean and Keiji are back in the 2nd and final part of their adventure in the mountains of Nagano Prefecture. After summiting one of the region’s highest peaks, Mt. Tateshina, they descend and head for a hidden camping area deep in the natural splendor and pitch their tent by the side of a mountain pond.

Dean and Keiji on their hiking adventure
Camping by a pond deep in nature

Host

Maxwell Powers

Voice Actor/MC/Bilingual Pro
From Oakland, California

Maxwell Powers

Our Series

Spirit of Resilience In 2020, the novel coronavirus created a worldwide catastrophe. In Japan, communities are attempting to balance social and economic needs while keeping the virus under control. This series features stories of people who are standing strong amidst difficulties and continuing to explore new paths.
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.
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.
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.
Explore Japan This series will feature how various culture in modern Japan and overseas blend together and influence each other.
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.
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