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“Hug Earth” Journey

Gratitude Toward the Sea

Aired: July 8, 2022 (UTC)


The seas cover nearly 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, and play an important role for all living creatures that reside on the Earth.
For Japan, an island nation that is surrounded by the sea on all four sides, the sea is present in our daily lives.
We will here be presenting three seas, each displaying a different countenance.
The Okinawa sea, boasting a beauty and diversity renowned throughout the world.
The Kumano sea, featuring a confluence of sea and mountain juxtaposed.
And, finally, the Rikuzentakata sea, now in the process of recovery from the immense tsunami damage incurred in the East Japan Earthquake of 2011.

Hakuho, a retired yokozuna sumo wrestler who may well have been the strongest wrestler ever in Japanese sumo history, joins us in visiting with the persons most intimately connected with each of these seas.

We touch on the richness of these seas, look toward environmental issues, and take a “Hug Earth” (hugging the Earth so as to encourage hugs for ourselves) journey that can help us take stock of the current state of the seas both in Japan and abroad, and of the Earth itself.


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