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Tokyo: Two Sides

CNN explores the dichotomies of Tokyo’s multi-layered worlds of art and design through the prisms of the old and the new, the traditional and the modern, the historical and the futuristic. In the heart of 21st Century Tokyo, meet the modern masters sharing their visions for the future of Japan’s ancient arts—from flower arrangement to woodcut prints, architecture to kimono-making.
2019; 2018

Made in Japan: Part 2

CNN explores how Japanese companies are reaching new heights of innovation, to compete now and in the future, while facing increasing global competition. Tour e-commerce company Rakuten's Silicon Valley-inspired headquarters, learn about golf club manufacturer Honma's struggle to survive economic slow-downs, discover Japanese vending machine culture, and see how Fuji has diversified beyond photographic film.
2019; 2015

Feast on Tokyo

A dish in the hands of a skilled chef is often compared to a symphony, combining flavors in harmony to create something truly spectacular. Perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than in Tokyo, the city with the most Michelin stars. Here, restaurants are renowned for perfect preparation and exquisite execution, and at the heart of each one, a passionate chef. Many dedicate themselves to one dish or ingredient. Find out what it takes to succeed in this leading culinary destination.
2019; 2017

Warriors: Shogun

Tokugawa Ieyasu is Japan's most famous warrior leader, the greatest Samurai general of them all. A rebel, usurper and a unifier, his achievements would match those of Julius Caesar or Napoleon Bonaparte. He was as cunning as he was brave, founding a dynasty that would rule Japan for 250 years. His ruthless philosophy of loyalty and sacrifice would shape his country until our modern age.
2019; 2007

True Tokyo: Sport

Coy Wire explores the unique sporting traditions of Japan, visiting a "sumo stable", an eSports tournament and how Japan is preparing for the addition of karate to the 2020 Games.
2019; 2018

World Sports Presents: More Than a Game

Hines Ward journeys to South Korea for a very special reunion with biracial children who inspired each other a decade ago
2019; 2017

True Tokyo: Arts and Culture

Coy Wire discovers the unique identity of Tokyo and its residents through art and culture-ancient traditional crafts, unique cuisine and two imports to Japan-whisky and jazz.
2019; 2018

Can Women Save Sumo? The Crossroads Facing Japan's National Sport

The ancient Japanese ritual of Sumo is in crisis. Only last week, a Mongolian wrestler was forced to retire after assaulting a teammate - but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Years of controversy and scandal, coupled with the country's declining population, have greatly impacted the sport's ability to attract new talent. The Guardian visits Tokyo's Ryogoku district, the birthplace of Sumo, to see how this iconic institution is adapting to life in the 21st century, and why - despite women being banned from the ring itself - young female fans are flocking to watch it like never before.
2019; 2018

With Me as Your Guide

From a Michelin-starred chef to a celebrated music producer and more, our guides introduce you to the people and the places that make South Korea unique.
2019; 2018

Spirit of Tokyo

Spirit of Tokyo showcases how the city is ever-evolving as one of the world's most popular travel destinations and always giving visitors a reason to come back for more.
2019; 2018

On Japan

With the simple push of a button, Japan has changed our modern lives. But in a country that can be limited by its own rules, the challenge is to escape the confines of the conventional and discover the next big thing. On Japan aims to explore Japan's everlasting commitment to being a technological trendsetter and showcase its innovative spirit.
2019; 2017

Going, Going, Gone (Tsukiji Fish Market)

Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market is the biggest wholesale fish market in the world. 100,000 people can be found every day among its 850 stalls. Its name is in every single tourist guide book as a must-see place to visit. What is the appeal of this market to millions of tourists from around the world? With a history dating back hundreds of years and the market's sheer quantity of transactions (50,000 tons of fish traded every year and hundreds of millions of dollars exchanging hands), the phenomenon attracts people from all over the world—particularily during the tuna auction which begins every morning except Sundays at 5:30 a.m. In fact, the market has grown so famous that Tsukiji market management has had to impose strict rules and regulations on camera crews and tourists. Going, Going, [...]
2018; 2007

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The Koguryo Graves, North Korea: Combat-Ready for All Eternity

The site includes several groups and individual tombs—totalling about 30 individual graves—from the later period of the Koguryo Kingdom, one of the strongest kingdoms in northeast China and half of the Korean peninsula between the 3rd century B.C. and 7th century A.D. The tombs, many with beautiful wall paintings, are almost the only remains of this culture. Only about 90 out of more than 10,000 Koguryo tombs discovered in China and Korea so far have wall paintings. Many of these tombs are located on this site, and they are thought to have been made for the burial of kings, members of the royal family and the aristocracy. These paintings offer a unique testimony to daily life of this period.
2017; 2006

Haein-Sa, South Korea: The Temple of the Black Art

The Temple of Haein-sa, on Mount Gaya, is home to the Tripitaka Koreana, the most complete collection of Buddhist texts, engraved on 80,000 woodblocks between 1237 and 1248. The buildings of Janggyeong Panjeon, which date from the 15th century, were constructed to house the woodblocks, which are also revered as exceptional works of art. As the oldest depository of the Tripitaka, they reveal an astonishing mastery of the invention and implementation of the conservation techniques used to preserve these woodblocks.
2017; 1997

Inside the "Kimdom": North Korea Exposed

North Korea has continued to rattle the global community by going ahead with nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches, without fear of international sanctions. This documentary unveils the mysterious “Kingdom of Kim” based on material obtained exclusively by NHK. A classified national file in excess of 12,000 pages contained on one USB memory stick, apparently leaked from the Korean People’s Army, reveals the strategic plan of leader Kim Jong-un. What’s the meaning behind the series of purges of top executives? Why is the country obsessed with having nuclear arms at the forefront of its military strategy? Classified documents and numerous interviews with intelligence agencies, North Korean specialists, and former North Korean army soldiers expose the unknown inner workings of thi [...]
2017; 2016

Kyoto, Japan: Form and Emptiness, Emptiness and Form

Built in 794 A.D. on the model of the capitals of ancient China, Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan, from its foundation until the middle of the 19th century. As the center of Japanese culture for more than 1,000 years, Kyoto illustrates the development of Japanese wooden architecture, particularly religious architecture, and the art of Japanese gardens, which has influenced landscape gardening the world over.
2017; 2002

The Lost Hokusai

The ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai is extremely popular worldwide. At 86, he created a monumental, 3-meter-wide composition using bold brushstrokes to depict the ancient Japanese deity Susanoo slaying several gods of pestilence. The work was destroyed by fire during the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and the only clue to its original form was a single monochrome photograph. In 2016, experts relied on that photo as a guide as they launched a project to recreate this enormous work in its original dimensions. They used cutting edge technology, but faced many challenges, such as determining the work’s original colors. This program follows them as they complete the recreation and unveil the true intentions behind this “Lost Hokusai.”
2017; 2016

Japan Under the Shoguns

For nearly 700 years, Japan was ruled by a series of military leaders known as shoguns. The first half of this clip provides a chronological timeline of key events from the imperial Nara and Heian periods through to the three shogunates: Kamakura, Muromachi and Tokugawa. The second half looks at the way of life in shogunate Japan (social, cultural, political and economic). Social class hierarchy within this feudal system is explained, including the status and roles of Daimyos, Samurai and peasants. Examples of the strict edicts that impacted social class, religion and political conflict are given. Led by a Japanese presenter, artistic depictions from the era and easy to follow graphic timelines and maps tell the story of this important period in Japan's history.
2017; 2014