LIFE

A human documentary, features the people who passionate toward their dream through their professional skills.

Episode: 30min X 13episodes
Video Type: HD with separate M&SE tracks

Episode: 30min X 13episodes
Video Type: HD with separate M&SE tracks

Japanese site: http://asahi.co.jp/life/

Production year: 2012-

A Story of Samurai Castles

In the calamitous 16th century, feudal lords build formidable castles. The castle was not only an effective safeguard against enemies but also a symbol of power. In the Kansai Region, two original castle towers deserve special attention!
Himeji Castle, on the World Heritage List, is well-preserved gigantic labyrinth.
Hikone Castle, designated a national treasure, is another facinating lakefront fortress with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

Episode: 55min X 1episode
Video Type: HD

The Buddhist Heaven in a Sunset

This program shows the Japanese spiritual world which dream of living in the land of Perfect Bliss after death by visiting the Temples including Kyoto Ohara Sanzenin, Osaka Shitenoji and other among the beautiful landscape of the 5 provence in the immediate vicinity of Kyoto.

Episode: 55min X 1episode
Video Type: HD

The Byodoin 1000 years

Byodo-in is a Buddhist temple in the city of Uji in Kyoto Prefecture. It is jointly a temple of the Jodo Shu (Pure Land) and Tendai sects.
This program will show in exactly the same appearance as it was built 1000 years ago by using computer graphics and traditional arts and crafts.

Episode: 55min X 1episode
Video Type: HD

Honganji-Faith and Beauty

Nishi Honganji is one of two temple complexes of Jodo Shinshu in Kyoto. Today it serves as the head temple of the Jodo Shinshu organization. Nishi Honganji was established in 1602 by the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu when he split the main Honganji in Kyoto in two (Higashi Honganji being the other) in order to diminish its power. It is older than the latter and has more integral architecture. It is also listed as one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Episode: 55min X 1episode
Video Type: HD

Four Seasons in Kyoto Imperial Villas

Katsura Imperial Villa, built in the 17 century, consists of three houses and a stroll-through garden. The garden has four small teahouses where imperial family enjoyed natural beauty, such as re ected moonlight on the water. Shugakuin Imperial Villa, located on the foot of Mt.
Hiei has three gardens full of beautiful trees. Both villas are shot under the special permission from the Imperial Household Agency.

Episode: 55min X 1episode
Video Type: HD

Playing with the Gods

Kasuga-taisha Shrine was built in Nara in the 8th century. Once a year, people hold a festival to thank God for a huge harvest.
In the 870 year old festival of Kasuga - wakamiya, people pray, dance and enjoy with God. ABC filmed this festival spending 3 years.

Episode: 55min X 1episode
Video Type: HD

Daigokuden Reconstruction of an Ancient Imperial Hall

This program is a 10 years documentary on a reconstruction of an imperial hall, Daigokuden in the ancient capital of Nara, which once served as the emperor's office and a venue for imperial ceremonies. This may be the first and last reconstruction of the huge wooden architecture.
Heijo-kyo was the capital city of Japan during most of the Nara period (710-794). The Palace site is a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. The Agency for Cultural Affairs rebuilt the Daigokuden, the largest building of the eighth-century Heijokyu palace, at a cost of 18 billion yen ($200 million)!

Episode: 55min X 1episode
Video Type: HD

The Shosoin Treasure House

The Shosoin is the treasure house that belongs to Todai-ji, Nara. The building is in the azekura log-cabin style, with a raised floor. The Shosoin houses artifacts connected to Emperor Shomu (701-756) and Empress Komyo (701-760), as well as arts and crafts of the Tempyo period.

Episode: 30min. x 3 epis. 8min x 22epis.
Video Type: HD