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Season 02, Episode 01 Nishijin-ori

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Jan 19, 2009
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Nishijin-ori Jan 19, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 02 Kyoto Lacquerware

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Jan 26, 2009
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Kyoto Lacquerware Jan 26, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 03 Sake

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Feb 2, 2009
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Sake Feb 2, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 04 Katsura Rikyu

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Feb 9, 2009
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Katsura Rikyu Feb 9, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 05 Bonsai

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Feb 16, 2009
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Bonsai Feb 16, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 06 The Four Seasons

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Feb 23, 2009
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The Four Seasons Feb 23, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 07 Hina Dolls

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Mar 2, 2009
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Hina Dolls Mar 2, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 08 Nagasaki

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Mar 9, 2009
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Nagasaki Mar 9, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 09 Five-Story Pagodas

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Mar 16, 2009
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Five-Story Pagodas Mar 16, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 10 Cherry Blossoms

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Mar 23, 2009
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Cherry Blossoms Mar 23, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 11 Chopsticks

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Apr 3, 2009
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Chopsticks Apr 3, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 12 Aizome

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Apr 10, 2009
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Aizome Apr 10, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 13 Bunraku

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Apr 17, 2009
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Bunraku Apr 17, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 14 Kiriko Cut Glass

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Apr 24, 2009
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Kiriko Cut Glass Apr 24, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 15 Traditional Folk Houses

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May 8, 2009
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Traditional Folk Houses May 8, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 16 Tea Ceremony

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May 15, 2009
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Tea Ceremony May 15, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 17 Soba

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May 22, 2009
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Soba May 22, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 18 Origami

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May 29, 2009
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Origami May 29, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 19 Imari Porcelain

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Jun 5, 2009
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Imari Porcelain Jun 5, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 20 Folding Fan

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Jun 19, 2009
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Folding Fan Jun 19, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 21 Kaiseki Cuisine

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Jul 10, 2009
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Kaiseki Cuisine Jul 10, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 22 The Sounds of Japan

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Jul 17, 2009
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The Sounds of Japan Jul 17, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 23 Masks

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Jul 24, 2009
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Masks Jul 24, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 24 Satoyama

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Jul 31, 2009
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Satoyama Jul 31, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 25 Kendo

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Aug 29, 2009
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Kendo Aug 29, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 26 The Fragrances of Japan

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Sep 4, 2009
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The Fragrances of Japan Sep 4, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 27 Spinning Tops

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Sep 11, 2009
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Spinning Tops Sep 11, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 28 Rock and Stone

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Sep 18, 2009
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Rock and Stone Sep 18, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 29 Ink Brushes

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Sep 25, 2009
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Ink Brushes Sep 25, 2009 Since ancient times, people in Japan have devoted themselves to the traditional art of calligraphy, shodo. Writing characters with ink on paper, they create works that express the inherent beauty of the Japanese written language. In shodo, brushes are used for applying the ink to the paper. The expressiveness of the characters derives from variations in the speed and force that the calligrapher uses to move the brush.The brushes themselves are simple objects, made from bundles of animal hair or other materials bundled together and fixed to a shaft. The actual materials used will depend on the style of calligraphy that is desired. Around 80 percent of Japanese ink brushes are produced in Kumano, Hiroshima Prefecture. There are numerous workshops in this town where skilled craftsmen still make the brushes by hand in the traditional way.On this edition of BEGIN Japanology, we examine the history, development and contemporary applications of ink brushes, introducing these simple implements that have been so essential to the development of Japanese writing and painting.

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Season 02, Episode 30 Tsukemono

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Oct 2, 2009
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Tsukemono Oct 2, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 31 Dogs

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Oct 9, 2009
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Dogs Oct 9, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 32 Ramen

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Oct 16, 2009
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Ramen Oct 16, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 33 Rice

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Oct 23, 2009
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Rice Oct 23, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 34 Shinto Shrine

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Oct 30, 2009
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Shinto Shrine Oct 30, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 35 Festivals

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Nov 6, 2009
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Festivals Nov 6, 2009 In Japan, festivals are known as matsuri. Many matsuri are colorful and boisterous occasions.Matsuri are typically associated with a Shinto shrine. Local people gather to pray and give thanks to the enshrined deity for agricultural bounty, health, safety and security. Over the years, these gatherings have evolved into elaborate events that frequently feature dancing, masks and magnificent floats.Entire local communities may be drawn into the preparations for festivals, which have nurtured some of the most refined arts and crafts in Japan. Even the sophisticated Noh theatre has festival origins, and, in some communities, apprentices will spend years learning a craft such as woodcarving specifically for its application in an annual matsuri.Some festivals involve breathtaking demonstrations of courage and skill, and all contribute to stronger family and community bonds.On this edition of BEGIN Japanology, we present some of the most famous festivals in Japan and consider the links to community and culture.

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Season 02, Episode 36 Shinkansen

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Nov 13, 2009
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Shinkansen Nov 13, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 37 Gagaku

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Nov 20, 2009
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Gagaku Nov 20, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 38 Marriage

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Nov 27, 2009
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Marriage Nov 27, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 39 Shogi

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Dec 4, 2009
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Shogi Dec 4, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 40 Nabe Cuisine

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Dec 11, 2009
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Nabe Cuisine Dec 11, 2009

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Season 02, Episode 41 Sword

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Dec 18, 2009
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Sword Dec 18, 2009

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