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CATCH JAPAN

Aired: March 25, 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

While the US has been seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, their Host Towns in Japan for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have come together to create a relay song video of the American national anthem to show their support, sang to the music of the United States Army Japan Band. This segment features the bonds made through this project.

Students participating in creating the relay song video
The United States Army Japan Band

J-SPIRIT

Echizen in Fukui Prefecture is an area rich in nature with pure spring water flowing from the mountains. Located in the foot of a mountain is the Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple, an active monastery where monk-trainees devote themselves to Buddhist practice. This segment features the highlights of Fukui including the temple, Echizen washi paper, knives, and lacquerware.

Echizen, Fukui Pref.
Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple

J-TRIP

Rickshaw tours are one of the most iconic attractions in Tokyo’s Asakusa area, in which visitors enjoy the feeling having traveled back to the old days. However, due to COVID-19, visitor numbers have fallen drastically. This segment features Sato Tsutomu of rickshaw tour company Fukurouya, and his efforts to develop a new style of tours working with local dining establishments, taking new steps to bring back the area’s hustle and bustle.

Exploring Tokyo on a rickshaw tour
Bento lunch box served during the tour

Our Series

Exploring the Lands of the Ainu In this series, we visit areas in Hokkaido with deep connections to the Ainu living there and showcase their prayers, dances, and traditional ceremonies passed down through generations.
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.”
Trailblazers We follow Japan’s trailblazers breaking new ground in various fields and discover the purpose that keeps them moving forward.
ASEAN Now and the Future Ⅲ: Plastics in the Ocean This series is the third set of productionsof the ASEAN Now and the Futureproject.
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.
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