7/21 This thread is now for Japanese documentaries! Japanese documentaries can mean that either the content is about Japan in some way or is in Japanese
Are you familiar with NHK’s video series about Japanese culture? I’ve been meaning to make a thread about them. Each video is pretty unique and explores some aspect of Japanese culture, usually with a focus on something really local. Each episode tends to fit a variety of stuff.
I’ll try to make a post of each episode that I watch and note them with the content, so if you want to learn more, you easily can.
Edit: I might move this to listening… The episodes are usually either in English or subtitled, but you can get some listening practice in usually. I’m not a fan of most of the non native speakers’ accents, but it’s fun to listen to the regional accents.
Edit2: moving to listening, even if the proportion of listening content is small since it’s a good academic/educational resource.
We get NHK World on Foxtel (pay TV) over here, so I used to watch that, at least while we were subscribed to Foxtel. I’m always surprised every time I re-discover that they’ve uploaded a number of whole episodes to YouTube.
I’m not a fan of the voices they use for dubbing in the series that are dubbed instead of subtitled (though I couldn’t recall off the top of my head which series tend to get dubbed… Tokyo Eye, maybe?)
Hah, that one’s actually been coming up in my suggested videos on occasion lately.
The Japanology videos are our Sunday-morning-coffee-time viewing on Youtube. I don’t count them as japanese studying at all because there’s so little spoken japanese in them but I have learnt a lot about Japanese history and culture. I particularly enjoy Peter Barakan’s facial expressions and some of his anecdotes about mistakes he made when he first moved to Japan.
I was starting to consider this one a wash, but now I want to go to Yoshino to see the blossoms this year…
The Yoshino segment starts around the 17 min mark. The rest of the video after that isn’t so bad imo.
A certain Berry is afraid of heights and the Myogi climb stressed me out. Do you know what would happen if I tried that? You could probably convince me to climb and then I’d get treed and be sobbing at the top and have to be tranquilized and/or carried down.
Long story short, mountain climbs with a bit of focus on religious aspects of the sacred nature of mountains and some of the rituals preformed on them.
Yeah, I’m not sure “depths” is entirely the word that sprang to my mind when I watched that, since they barely went more than a hundred metres from the train line, but I did consider adding a number of places from that video to my rather extensive to-do list.
Shimane’s Oki Island and its relationship with cows
Nagasaki’s Iki Island and its youth community engagement projects
Nagasaki’s Tsushima and its history as a defensive area but also as a point of contact
The host is really off-putting in this one imo.
He sounds like he hates his job to my ears