Kita-Akita: Deep Connections with Nature | NHK World-Japan (Video link) - time-sensitive, available till Mar 31, 2021


From the Journeys in Japan program series of NHK World-Japan.

Content Source CreditNHK World-Japan

This program was originally broadcasted on Sep 10, 2019 and is available at the link below until March 31, 2021.

Video Direct urlhttps://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ondemand/video/2007347/

Duration: 28 min


Image Credit: NHK World-Japan, Journeys in Japan


Video Intro (by NHK World-Japan):

Kita-Akita City lies in the north of Akita Prefecture. It is a land of mountains and thick forests. The Akita Nairiku Line runs north-south through this wild terrain.

Michael Keida visits 2 areas that can be accessed along this railroad. Since ancient times, there has been a long tradition of hunting in the Ani district. Known in Japanese as "matagi," these hunters developed their own language and customs, many of which have been passed down to the present day.

Michael meets a modern-day "matagi," and learns how these hunters continue to live in harmony with the forests and the animals there. In the Takanosu district, an annual festival is held, in which gigantic drums are played to pray for rain and abundant harvests.

On this episode of Journeys in Japan, Michael meets the people of Kita-Akita, and joins them in celebrating their close connection with the natural environment.


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