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CATCH JAPAN

Aired: March 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

While the US has been seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, their Host Towns in Japan for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have come together to create a relay song video of the American national anthem to show their support, sang to the music of the United States Army Japan Band. This segment features the bonds made through this project.

Students participating in creating the relay song video
The United States Army Japan Band

J-SPIRIT

Echizen in Fukui Prefecture is an area rich in nature with pure spring water flowing from the mountains. Located in the foot of a mountain is the Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple, an active monastery where monk-trainees devote themselves to Buddhist practice. This segment features the highlights of Fukui including the temple, Echizen washi paper, knives, and lacquerware.

Echizen, Fukui Pref.
Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple

J-TRIP

Rickshaw tours are one of the most iconic attractions in Tokyo’s Asakusa area, in which visitors enjoy the feeling having traveled back to the old days. However, due to COVID-19, visitor numbers have fallen drastically. This segment features Sato Tsutomu of rickshaw tour company Fukurouya, and his efforts to develop a new style of tours working with local dining establishments, taking new steps to bring back the area’s hustle and bustle.

Exploring Tokyo on a rickshaw tour
Bento lunch box served during the tour

Host

Maxwell Powers

Voice Actor/MC/Bilingual Pro
From Oakland, California

Maxwell Powers

Our Series

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