Amazing Quest: Stories from Japan | Somewhere on Earth: Japan

Nov 6, 2023 | Environmental, Videos

Japan is truly a land of extremes, with its breathtaking landscapes and the scars of a tumultuous past. Discovering the mysteries of this unique archipelago is like taking a journey into the unknown, filled with surprises and hidden gems waiting to be uncovered.
First, let’s embark on a journey to Yonaguni, a remote island in the westernmost part of Japan. Here, Shotaro Maja was born and bred and this little island holds no secrets for him. It is home to an extraordinary underwater site, discovered by his father, a professional diver, in 1984. Shotaro is now determined to solve Yonaguni’s underwater mystery and uncover the truth behind this ancient archaeological ruin.
Next, let’s explore the lesser-known and dangerous discipline of ice climbing with Japan’s best ambassador, Nae Yagi. At 31, Nae is at the peak of her discipline, preparing for an expedition to a risky and unknown climbing site in the area of Nagano. Witness her courage and determination as she confronts her doubts and rises to the top of an extremely demanding sport.
Finally, take a peek into the daily life of the Ondekoza percussionists – a group of virtuoso musicians who play the traditional Japanese drums, the taiko. For 46 years, they have followed a particular life code, the Soga Kuron, which combines music and running. They are internationally well-known for their talent and athletic conditions, where their concerts are real performances requiring the same physical and mental effort as a marathon. Naoto Kinoshita, the youngest member of the troup living in community, will take you through their fascinating journey.
Don’t miss out on the chance to experience the wonders of Japan in this incredible documentary! Watch it now and embark on a journey you’ll never forget.

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