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.
In this episode, we feature Ise-Shima National Park in central Japan. Lemi Duncan visits the spectacular rias coast, Ago Bay, where the world's first pearl cultivation began, and Ise Jingu, one of the most venerable shrines in Japan. Meet the people who have developed their traditions and industries in the midst of the great outdoors.
Wagashi, or Japanese sweets and snacks, have a thousand-year history. Many types of Wagashi originated in Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto, and their roots can be traced back to mochi rice cakes. Today, with the global spread of Japanese cuisine and new perspectives from overseas, Wagashi continue to evolve and become well-loved not only in Japan, but also abroad. This segment features the charms of rice-based Wagashi from Kyoto.
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.