Season 3 "Entertainment"
Aired: December 25, 2015
Episode #03: Roundup + α
This show features the new faces of Tokyo, where many professionals gather creating the Tokyo culture with their passion and technology.
In the last two episodes, we took a look at artists working in rakugo, a traditional Japanese performing art that goes back three hundred years, and the 2.5-Dimensional Musical, a new theater genre that is currently taking Tokyo by storm. In this episode, we will peek behind the scenes of these two forms of entertainment. Maho Saito is an event planner who organizes English rakugo workshops in hopes of promoting the art form overseas. In fact, she was the one who inspired Shinoharu Tatekawa, the rakugo actor featured in Episode 1, to start performing rakugo in English. Meanwhile, Makoto Matsuda is the producer who helped turn the 2.5-Dimensional Musical into the success it has become. We will take a look at how he has adapted many of Japan’s 2-D pop culture works into hit stage musicals.
In this segment, we will be walking around one of the most popular areas in Tokyo: Shibuya. We will start at the iconic Scramble Crossing right outside Shibuya Station, and move on to quieter neighborhoods where shops selling shamisen and old-school dining establishments that feel like something out of the 19th century still exist. Shibuya may be better known today for its bright cosmopolitan vibe, but there are still elements of traditional Japanese culture throughout the area.
TOKYO HOT TOPICS
The Tama River Water Resources Forest Team
We will take a look at the activities of the Tama River Water Resources Forest Team, a volunteer group whose aim is to ensure the quality of Tokyo’s water. The Tama River is one of Tokyo’s main sources of water, which is why it is so important for the forests that grow around the river’s source to remain in good health. This involves both upkeep as well as preservation efforts.
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.
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.
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.
Iconic Japanese company Panasonic is celebrating 100 years in business.What is this leading Japanese enterprise doing to ensure the company thrives for the next 100 years? One key strategy is to take a fresh look at the potential of the people who form the backbone of the company and another key challenge is to create new value.
As globalization rapidly accelerates, truck logistics routes that connect various countries are playing a key role in supporting each national economy. These are the Future Highways that are creating the path into the future. Seen through the eyes of the truck drivers, this two-part series program depicts the landscapes and places of interest in each region.
2017 is ASEAN’s 50th anniversary. This series was produced as a joint project to commemorate the anniversary with the TV stations of four ASEAN countries,Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam – by examining their cooperative relations with Japan and the impact of the East-West and Southern Economic Corridors on the economies and ways of life of the Indochina Peninsula.
The coastal areas of Japan’s Tohoku Region suffered unprecedented damage in the Great East Japan Earthquake.This series shines a spotlight on the efforts of people from Iwate Prefecture, Miyagi Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture, who are now working hard toward achieving “Recovery of Industry,” “Recovery of Tourism” and “Food Safety & Peace of Mind.” What are the underpinnings of their ongoing hope?