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Season 01, Episode 01 Bento

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Apr 14, 2008
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Bento Apr 14, 2008 About the origins and evolution of the Japanese "boxed lunchset"

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Season 01, Episode 02 Miyazawa Kenji

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Apr 21, 2008
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Miyazawa Kenji Apr 21, 2008

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Season 01, Episode 03 Lacquerware

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Apr 28, 2008
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Lacquerware Apr 28, 2008

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Season 01, Episode 04 Rakugo

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May 5, 2008
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Rakugo May 5, 2008

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Season 01, Episode 05 Tsukiji Market

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May 12, 2008
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Tsukiji Market May 12, 2008 A short look on the history, present and future of the famous fishmarket in Tsukiji, Tokyo

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Season 01, Episode 06 Yoshoku

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May 19, 2008
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Yoshoku May 19, 2008 Explaining the intergration of Western meals into the Japanese diet

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Season 01, Episode 07 Kyudo

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May 26, 2008
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Kyudo May 26, 2008 Kyodo (Loosely translatable to "archery") is not so much about hitting the target as it is all about the form, skill and practice of the art. A look on the beginning, decline and revival of kyodo

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Season 01, Episode 08 Tea Ceremony Architecture

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Jun 2, 2008
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Tea Ceremony Architecture Jun 2, 2008

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Season 01, Episode 09 Dagashi-ya

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Jun 9, 2008
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Dagashi-ya Jun 9, 2008 A look at the phenomenon of dagashi-ya ("Thrifty sweetshops") and the role they played in a community and it's growing resurgence in modern society

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Season 01, Episode 10 Nihon Buyo

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Jun 16, 2008
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Nihon Buyo Jun 16, 2008

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Season 01, Episode 11 Abacus

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Jun 23, 2008
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Abacus Jun 23, 2008 The "soroban" (Abacus) - a calculation tool no longer used in the Western world but still a common sight in Japan, where education and businesses use it with great succes. Not only are skilled users faster than an electronic calculator, it also teaches students amazing mathematical skills

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Season 01, Episode 12 Ryukyu Kimono

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Jun 30, 2008
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Ryukyu Kimono Jun 30, 2008

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Season 01, Episode 13 Bamboo

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Jul 14, 2008
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Bamboo Jul 14, 2008 Bamboo, a native Japanese plant of the tree family, has many uses. This episode explores a few, such as ftools, decoration and even as food

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Season 01, Episode 14 Shirakawa-go

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Jul 21, 2008
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Shirakawa-go Jul 21, 2008

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Season 01, Episode 15 Fireworks

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Jul 28, 2008
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Fireworks Jul 28, 2008 During the Japanese summer, fireworks are a daily phenomenon, as such, this episode shows it's origin, production and techniques.

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Season 01, Episode 16 Hanging Scrolls

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Aug 17, 2008
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Hanging Scrolls Aug 17, 2008 The wall scroll is not just used for decoration, it has a special role during the tea ceremony that is still practiced in Japan. From the special placement in a room to the padding of the scroll itself, everything must considered.

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Season 01, Episode 17 The Tale of Genji: Part 1

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Aug 24, 2008
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The Tale of Genji: Part 1 Aug 24, 2008 The first part of two episodes focussing on the ancient Japanese epic that left a huge impact on the cultural history of Japan, "The tale of Genji", written in the Heian period. This part details the author, characters and plot.

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Season 01, Episode 18 The Tale of Genji: Part 2

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Aug 31, 2008
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The Tale of Genji: Part 2 Aug 31, 2008 Part two continues with a look on the Heian period and the effect the epic had on Japanese cultural history

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Season 01, Episode 19 Matcha

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Sep 7, 2008
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Matcha Sep 7, 2008 Matcha, the powdered residue of ground green tea leafs, has been a key ingredient in the Japanese tea ceremony for more than a millenium, but nowadays it's also being used in more than just tea.

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Season 01, Episode 20 Tokyo Tower

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Sep 14, 2008
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Tokyo Tower Sep 14, 2008 A key player in the skyline of Tokyo, Tokyo Tower is a source of entertainment and inspiration. A look on it's construction and influence.

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Season 01, Episode 21 Dashi

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Sep 21, 2008
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Dashi Sep 21, 2008

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Season 01, Episode 22 Oribe-yaki (pottery)

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Sep 28, 2008
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Oribe-yaki (pottery) Sep 28, 2008

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Season 01, Episode 23 The Colorful World of Utagawa Hiroshige

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Oct 5, 2008
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The Colorful World of Utagawa Hiroshige Oct 5, 2008

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Season 01, Episode 24 The Seven Gods of Good Fortune

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Oct 12, 2008
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The Seven Gods of Good Fortune Oct 12, 2008

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Season 01, Episode 25 Sushi

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Oct 19, 2008
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Sushi Oct 19, 2008 This episodes investigates the staple Japanese food, "Sushi" via it's origins and ingredients

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Season 01, Episode 26 Mikoshi (portable shrines)

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Oct 26, 2008
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Mikoshi (portable shrines) Oct 26, 2008

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Season 01, Episode 27 Yuzen Kimono

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Nov 2, 2008
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Yuzen Kimono Nov 2, 2008

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Season 01, Episode 28 Buddhist Statues

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Nov 9, 2008
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Buddhist Statues Nov 9, 2008

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Season 01, Episode 29 Hot Springs

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Nov 16, 2008
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Hot Springs Nov 16, 2008

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Season 01, Episode 30 Fish

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Nov 23, 2008
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Fish Nov 23, 2008

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Season 01, Episode 31 Tatami (straw mats)

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Dec 1, 2008
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Tatami (straw mats) Dec 1, 2008

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Season 01, Episode 32 Castles

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Dec 8, 2008
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Castles Dec 8, 2008 During Japan's civil war era, many castles were erected as strongholds and displays of power by the local warlords.

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Season 01, Episode 33 Miso

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Dec 15, 2008
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Miso Dec 15, 2008

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