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English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.
Dean Newcombe heads to Tottori to explore its famed dunes and meet farmers, as well as artisans touched by its nature.
Shirakami Sanchi is a vast region of forested mountains in northern Japan, straddling the border of Aomori and Akita prefectures. It is home to one of the largest virgin beech forests in the world, which has had barely any human impact over the centuries. Catalin Munteanu is from Romania, a country that also has extensive beech forests and is keen to see how they compare. He encounters the Mother Tree, a beech thought to be 400 years old. He is guided through the forest of Shirakami Sanchi, meets the people who live there and explores this beautiful mountain area in early summer.
The show's regular narrator Bill Sullivan escapes the studio to travel around the tiny remote island of Yonaguni in Okinawa Prefecture. He comes into contact with the original culture and customs of the island, while enjoying its food and song. He also takes on quite a challenge: marlin fishing.
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