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CATCH JAPAN

Aired: February 25, 2022 (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-ARTS

Of the nearly 100 traditional brush makers based in a small town in Hiroshima Prefecture, Hakuhodo is widely known for its makeup brushes, loved by professionals in both Japan and overseas. They offer a range of 2000 different types of brushes, all of which are made with the utmost commitment to quality. This segment takes a look at the world of Japanese luxury makeup brushes.

Makeup brushes
Takamoto Kazuo, Founder of Hakuhodo

J-ECO

More than 10 million types of algae exist in the world, and some types contain an abundant amount of lipids. Recently, many countries are developing the technology to turn such algae into biofuel. Watanabe Makoto is a prominent contributor to the research of algae-based biofuel in Japan. He contends that unlike the oil extracted from deep underground, it has the potential to not increase the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. This segment features the research being done on algae-based biofuel and the progress of utilizing wastewater in the process.

Watanabe Makoto, Chairperson of the Algae Industry Incubation Consortium
Algae that contains a high amount of lipids

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

Our Series

Trailblazers We follow Japan’s trailblazers breaking new ground in various fields and discover the purpose that keeps them moving forward.
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.
J-Entertainment Infotainment show featuring young artists full of talent with their unique sense of “Japan.”
Explore Japan This series will feature how various culture in modern Japan and overseas blend together and influence each other.
SPIRIT OF 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.
*Available in English original broadcast version, and Chinese/Korean/French/Japanese-subtitled versions.
Exploring the Indigenous Ainu Culture This series will highlight Ainu dance, modern art, crafts, and culture that has made its way overseas, as well as explore the Upopoy National Ainu Museum and Park that opened in 2020.
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