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Season 07, Episode 01 Persimmons

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Jan 9, 2014
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Persimmons Jan 9, 2014 The Japanese persimmon, scientific name Diospyros kaki. There are over 1,000 varieties, falling into 2 main types: sweet persimmons, which are unique to Japan, and astringent persimmons, which must be dried or otherwise processed to make them edible. The sight of drying persimmons hanging from farmhouse eaves is a very nostalgic one in Japan. On this edition of BEGIN Japanology, our theme is persimmons. This fruit's unique history in Japan can tell us a lot about the Japanese approach to food.

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Season 07, Episode 02 Nighttime Scenery

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Jan 16, 2014
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Nighttime Scenery Jan 16, 2014 Japan's cities look very beautiful at night: the lights of the city shimmer amidst the darkness of ocean and mountain. Kobe, Hakodate and Nagasaki are sometimes considered the top 3, but Tokyo also has some brilliant nighttime landmarks. The Japanese have long enjoyed moon viewing and sitting under cherry blossoms at night. Recently, after-dark tours of industrial factories have become quite popular. On this edition of BEGIN Japanology, our theme is nighttime scenery.

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Season 07, Episode 03 Ise Jingu

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Jan 23, 2014
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Ise Jingu Jan 23, 2014 Ise Jingu is one of Japan's most ancient shrines. Its expansive precinct, covering 5,500 hectares, actually encompasses 125 shrines, at which Shinto deities are honored. In October 2013, there was a ceremonial transfer of deities between sanctuaries that happens once every 20 years. For centuries, a visit to Ise Jingu has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. More recently, it has gained a reputation as a "power spot". On this edition of BEGIN Japanology, our theme is Ise Jingu.

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Season 07, Episode 04 K-cars

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Jan 30, 2014
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K-cars Jan 30, 2014 Japan is a global motor vehicle superpower, and about 40% of the cars on its own roads are K-cars. Technically one size down from compact cars, K-cars are trim, economical vehicles that still manage to be stylish and loaded with features. The first four-seat K-cars, selling at affordable prices, shattered the image that cars were only for the rich. Today there are K-cars that are roadsters, and even K-car camper vans. On this edition of BEGIN Japanology, our theme is K-cars.

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Season 07, Episode 05 Japanophiles - Nancy Singleton Hachisu

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Feb 13, 2014
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Japanophiles - Nancy Singleton Hachisu Feb 13, 2014 Nancy Singleton Hachisu is an American expert on Japanese farm food, who adds her own touch to traditional recipes. In 2012, she released a Japanese farm food cookbook in the US, which became a big hit selling over 20,000 copies. This is the story of how Nancy Singleton Hachisu discovered the joys of Japanese cuisine, and became a devotee of the country's farm food.

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Season 07, Episode 06 Japanophiles - Chris Hart

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Feb 20, 2014
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Japanophiles - Chris Hart Feb 20, 2014 American J-pop singer Chris Hart visited Japan for the first time at age 13, and he fell in love with the country. After moving to Japan at the age of 24, he appeared on a TV singing contest for foreigners - and won. In May 2013, Hart released his first major-label album, which has since sold 250,000 copies. Chris Hart's voice is ringing out in the world of J-pop.

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Season 07, Episode 07 Japanophiles - Rogier Uitenboogaart

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Feb 27, 2014
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Japanophiles - Rogier Uitenboogaart Feb 27, 2014 Washi - handmade Japanese paper - has long been indispensable to the Japanese way of life. Rogier Uitenboogaart came to Japan from the Netherlands in 1980, and he has dedicated his life to making washi in the mountains of Shikoku. Amid a rapid decline in traditional paper-making, Uitenboogaart continues to uphold centuries-old cultivation and production techniques.

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Season 07, Episode 08 Railways

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Mar 6, 2014
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Railways Mar 6, 2014 Japan's railways are interesting in many different ways. Some have unique features to make the ride more enjoyable, and some focus on comfort and luxury. Railways changed Japanese lifestyles, shaping new cities and developing new cultural trends. Japanese train fans are very passionate, and recently a lot of women have joined their ranks. On this edition of BEGIN Japanology, our theme is railways. We'll look at how railways developed in Japan, and how much they mean to the Japanese people.

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Season 07, Episode 09 Pianos

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Mar 13, 2014
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Pianos Mar 13, 2014 40% of the pianos that exist today were made in Japan, and 40% of the Japanese population has learned to play the piano at some point. Sviatoslav Richter, often called the greatest pianist of the 20th century, loved Japanese pianos, and he is just one of many world-class artists who have praised them. On this edition of BEGIN Japanology, our theme is the piano. We'll see how a piano-playing culture developed in Japan, and explore the latest developments in the piano business

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Season 07, Episode 10 Squid

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Mar 20, 2014
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Squid Mar 20, 2014 Japan has the world's biggest appetite for squid. Squid is eaten many different ways - sautéed, fried, as sashimi - and it features in countless local dishes across the country. However, to the Japanese, squid means more than just good eating: it's also used in rituals as a symbol of good luck. Recently, scientists have been discovering more about the fascinating lives of squid. On this edition of BEGIN Japanology, we look at the profound importance of squid to Japan's history and culture.

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Season 07, Episode 11 Bathhouses

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Apr 3, 2014
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Bathhouses Apr 3, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 12 Ramen

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Apr 10, 2014
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Ramen Apr 10, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 13 Mt. Fuji

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Apr 17, 2014
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Mt. Fuji Apr 17, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 14 Shogi

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Apr 24, 2014
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Shogi Apr 24, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 15 Cherry Trees

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May 1, 2014
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Cherry Trees May 1, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 16 Akihabara

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May 8, 2014
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Akihabara May 8, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 17 Wagashi

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May 15, 2014
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Wagashi May 15, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 18 Ninja

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May 22, 2014
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Ninja May 22, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 19 Rice

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May 29, 2014
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Rice May 29, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 20 Castles

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Jun 5, 2014
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Castles Jun 5, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 21 Japanophiles - Elizabeth Suzuki

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Jul 3, 2014
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Japanophiles - Elizabeth Suzuki Jul 3, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 22 Japanophiles - Everett Kennedy Brown

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Jul 10, 2014
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Japanophiles - Everett Kennedy Brown Jul 10, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 23 Japanophiles - Carolin Eckhardt

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Jul 17, 2014
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Japanophiles - Carolin Eckhardt Jul 17, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 24 Karaoke Boxes

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Aug 7, 2014
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Karaoke Boxes Aug 7, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 25 Bento

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Aug 14, 2014
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Bento Aug 14, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 26 Bamboo

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Aug 21, 2014
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Bamboo Aug 21, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 27 Taiko Drums

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Sep 4, 2014
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Taiko Drums Sep 4, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 28 Tsukiji Market

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Sep 11, 2014
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Tsukiji Market Sep 11, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 29 Festivals

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Sep 18, 2014
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Festivals Sep 18, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 30 Japanese Gardens

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Sep 25, 2014
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Japanese Gardens Sep 25, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 31 Origami

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Oct 2, 2014
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Origami Oct 2, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 32 Buddhist Statues

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Oct 9, 2014
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Buddhist Statues Oct 9, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 33 Yokai

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Oct 16, 2014
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Yokai Oct 16, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 34 Shinkansen

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Oct 23, 2014
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Shinkansen Oct 23, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 35 Lessons for Life

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Nov 6, 2014
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Lessons for Life Nov 6, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 36 Robots

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Nov 13, 2014
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Robots Nov 13, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 37 Sports Days

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Nov 20, 2014
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Sports Days Nov 20, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 38 Bonsai

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Dec 4, 2014
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Bonsai Dec 4, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 39 Sushi

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Dec 11, 2014
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Sushi Dec 11, 2014

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Season 07, Episode 40 Geisha

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Dec 18, 2014
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Geisha Dec 18, 2014

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