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Sake is usually made using the intuition and skill of craftsmen based on their experience, but some have begun to use scientific approaches for more consistent taste. This segment presents one brewery's exploration of the marriage of sake and various cuisines from different countries, made possible by flavor-stability.
At a facility for the elderly run by a major insurance company near Tokyo, data on the residents’ daily activities is collected and made “transparent” using digital technology. Rather than relying solely on intuition and experience, caretakers use this data to optimize workflows. This segment documents how data is being used to improve the lives of the residents and help reduce staff workload.
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.