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CATCH JAPAN

Aired: May 28, 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

Akkeshi, a town in eastern Hokkaido of about 9000 people, is home to an internationally renowned whisky. This segment features the challenges of a distillery creating its original whisky using local ingredients and materials and local townspeople supporting their efforts.

Akkeshi Whisky
Toita Keiichi, President of Hokkaido Akkeshi Distillery

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-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-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

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.
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