NHK WORLD TV will broadcast a series of special programs titled "Hometown Stories" from Oct 2-23. The four-part series, including human documentaries and a drama, portray the diverse aspects of regional life and culture in contemporary Japan. They are all award winners in domestic program contests in Japan in 2010 and 2011.
Yuichi Itamiya, head of programming at International Planning & Broadcasting Department, said, “We hope that through the ‘Hometown Stories’ series viewers around the world will come to feel much closer to Japan by appreciating the real lives of people living in regional areas and to have better understanding of the issues surrounding the Japanese today.”
The programs include:
Oct 2, 10:10 – 10:54 (JST): "Eco-paddy: Bio-wonderland"
In the one-year "eco-paddy fields" project, 30 parents and children challenged the growing of organic rice in fields full of wildlife created from unused forest and restored terraced paddy fields. Winner of the 26th Agricultural Journalists Award.
Oct 9, 10:10 – 10:54 (JST): "Granny Loves You: The Probation Officer's Tale"
A volunteer probation officer who looked after juvenile delinquents for 30 years in Hiroshima reached retirement age last year. The program follows her efforts to entrust her role to the community. Winner of the 37th Hoso Bunka Foundation Prize for Best TV Documentary.
Oct 16, 10:10 – 10:54 (JST): "Honoring the Dead: Bone Washing Ritual of Yoronjima"
In an unusual ritual on the sub-tropical island of Yoronjima in southwestern Japan, the skeletal remains of family members are dug up and cleaned. The program introduces this traditional family bonding and its history. The Age of Regionalism Video Festival, Special Recommendation.
Oct 23, 9:45 – 10:59 (JST): "Mother, I Want To See You"
This drama set in a remote elementary school centers around the efforts made by a young female teacher called Hikari to help Aya, an uncommunicative exchange student who has problems with her mother. Winner of Best Local Drama Award, The International Drama Festival in Tokyo.© Japan Today