Many Japanese were stranded in the Korean peninsula when the Second World War ended. Some escaped, but many starved or froze to death. Survivor stories are told and re-enacted.
The Akabane region of Tokyo is a "sacred ground" for drinking, with inexpensive bars and pubs lining the streets. On one corner stands a small shop that serves oden, a winter stew that's a Japanese soul food. From security guards finishing their night shifts, to mothers buying dinner to take home for their families, to office workers enjoying a night on the town - these are the stories of the people who line up at the counter and wash down oden with sake for warmth from the winter chill.
The Shonan coastal region in Japan conjures up images of summertime, youth culture, fashion. We cast an offbeat video eye on an obscure but revealing Shonan location: a 24-hour coin laundry, during the rainy season. People stream in, clutching bags of laundry, mostly just to dry them. While they're waiting, most just relax. Some talk. Businessmen exhausted from their daily routine. People who have lost a beloved partner and now live alone. All of them are waiting for a spell of "clear weather".
This NHK documentary records the natural beauty of Arjin Mountain in Xinjiang Province, north of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. As the name suggests, it is a documentary that will decode the secret land behind this majestic mountain. Arjin Mountain, in Mongolian, means mountains with cypress, which is the last of the untouched wildness in China.