For centuries the Japanese warred among themselves and their neighbors, creating a colorful, rich and sometimes brutal legacy. Intriguing to outsiders for centuries, modern Japan is no less so In the 21st century. Featured locations: Tsukiji Fish Market & Tuna Auction, Senso Ji Buddhist Temple, Roppongi Hills, Ginza Shopping District, Ueno Park & Cherry Blossoms, Hakone, Owakudani Boiling Valley & Mount Fuji, Nikko & Shogun Tokugawa’s Mausoleum, Takayama & Festival Floats, Koyasan & the the home of Shingon Buddhism, Transportation via subways, local trains, Shinkansen Bullet Trains, Komagatake Ropeway, Aerial Cableway & Lake Cruise.
DVDHD15 REVIEW: Discoveries…Asia: Japan - Tokyo & Central Honshu Island
A sister project to Bennett-Watt's Discoveries…America travelogue series, Discoveries…Asia explores the splendor, history, and culture of the Far East. Japan - Tokyo & Central Honshu Island focuses on Tokyo and its environs, w/ attention to scenery, shopping and shrines. Viewers will visit the Tsukiji Fish Market - the largest in the world of its kind - to witness a tuna auction (where other seafood delicacies are also sold to wholesalers), travel to the Senso Ji Buddhist temple w/ an English-speaking guide (who offers commentary about local holy places), see footage of the Roppongi Hills multi-complex property development, drop into the posh Ginza shopping district (where a square meter of real estate costs over $100,000), and attend a picnic celebrating the blooming of cherry blossoms in Ueno Park. In addition, the program looks at the work of Takayami artisans and highlights Matsuri festival floats, as well as presents a peek at the Koyasan Buddhist mountain retreat. One of the neatest segments here features a trip to the Mt. Fuji area that follows a public transportation labyrinth: from subway to train to bullet train to electric train (w/ switchbacks) to funicular cable railway to ropeways to boat to bus…whew! Armchair travelers & aficionados of Asian culture will appreciate both the sightseeing and the information provided in this beautiful, high-definition filmed journey to the center of the Land of the Rising Sun. Recommended."