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"BARRIER-FREE VARIETY SHOW" (JAPAN)
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ENTERTAINMENT: TV: Entertainment Program & Specials: Interview/Talk

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Production Company: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)


This variety series takes a fun approach to information shared by disabled people concerning many aspects of daily life. The theme of this episode is "Love." A man who was recently injured in an accident struggles to find a way to be in a relationship with his girlfriend now that he’s disabled and can’t do the things that he could have done easily for her before. In the studio, other disabled couples give him relaxed and friendly advice and share stories about what they do on their dates. Footage is shown that gives a uniquely personal view of how these couples enjoy their time together. For example, one couple brings a caregiver along to help make the date more fun. Another, sight-impaired couple, simply enjoys walking about the city without knowing exactly where they are. These and other techniques for romance are introduced with humor and empathy.


"BARRIER-FREE VARIETY SHOW" (JAPAN)
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ENTERTAINMENT: TV: Entertainment Program & Specials: Interview/Talk

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Production Company: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)


This variety series takes a fun approach to information shared by disabled people concerning many aspects of daily life. The theme of this episode is "Love." A man who was recently injured in an accident struggles to find a way to be in a relationship with his girlfriend now that he’s disabled and can’t do the things that he could have done easily for her before. In the studio, other disabled couples give him relaxed and friendly advice and share stories about what they do on their dates. Footage is shown that gives a uniquely personal view of how these couples enjoy their time together. For example, one couple brings a caregiver along to help make the date more fun. Another, sight-impaired couple, simply enjoys walking about the city without knowing exactly where they are. These and other techniques for romance are introduced with humor and empathy.


"GRANDMA'S ETERNAL FOREST" (JAPAN)
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DOCUMENTARY: TV: Documentary Programs: Environment, Ecology

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Production Company: ASIA Documentary Productions Company
for NHK in association with NHK Enterprises, Inc.


Grandma Kuniko Shiiba is an amazing woman and the last of her kind. At age 87, she is the only person in Japan who continues to practice a traditional and sustainable form of slash-and-burn agriculture that dates back more than 4000 years. After cutting down and burning the trees in a section of her forest, she grows a crop of buckwheat followed by crops of Japanese millet, adzuki beans and soybeans. Grandma then leaves the forest to its own devices for another 26 years before starting the whole cycle all over again. We spend a year in the forest with her, learning through her eyes and the eyes of a snail, of edible and medicinal plants, mountain and fire spirits, crop cultivation and the forest’s unique regenerative powers. This time together will inevitably change the way we see the never ending cycle of life and our place in it.


"GRANDMA'S ETERNAL FOREST" (JAPAN)
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DOCUMENTARY: TV: Documentary Programs: Environment, Ecology

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Production Company: ASIA Documentary Productions Company
for NHK in association with NHK Enterprises, Inc.


Grandma Kuniko Shiiba is an amazing woman and the last of her kind. At age 87, she is the only person in Japan who continues to practice a traditional and sustainable form of slash-and-burn agriculture that dates back more than 4000 years. After cutting down and burning the trees in a section of her forest, she grows a crop of buckwheat followed by crops of Japanese millet, adzuki beans and soybeans. Grandma then leaves the forest to its own devices for another 26 years before starting the whole cycle all over again. We spend a year in the forest with her, learning through her eyes and the eyes of a snail, of edible and medicinal plants, mountain and fire spirits, crop cultivation and the forest’s unique regenerative powers. This time together will inevitably change the way we see the never ending cycle of life and our place in it.


"LADY BUTTERFLY: DAUGHTER OF A SAMURAI" (JAPAN)
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ENTERTAINMENT: TV: Entertainment Program & Specials: TV Movie

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Production Company: NHK Enterprises, Inc. for NHK


Puccini’s opera, Madame Butterfly, is a beloved masterpiece performed all over the world. This television drama brings new passion to the story of Cho, the famous Japanese heroine of that opera. As the daughter of a samurai in the late 19th century, she maintains her pride and devotes herself to the warrior code in the midst of modernization. Though orphaned and betrayed, she never relinquishes her ideals, even when working as a geisha. Taught by her mother and grandmother that even women must become knowledgeable of the modern world, she is avidly committed to learning, and is drawn to America. When she meets Franklin, an ensign in the U.S. Navy stationed in Nagasaki, she falls in love. But for Franklin, the matrimonial vows he takes with Cho are nothing more than the temporary convenience of a Nagasaki marriage.


"LADY BUTTERFLY: DAUGHTER OF A SAMURAI" (JAPAN)
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ENTERTAINMENT: TV: Entertainment Program & Specials: TV Movie

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Production Company: NHK Enterprises, Inc. for NHK


Puccini’s opera, Madame Butterfly, is a beloved masterpiece performed all over the world. This television drama brings new passion to the story of Cho, the famous Japanese heroine of that opera. As the daughter of a samurai in the late 19th century, she maintains her pride and devotes herself to the warrior code in the midst of modernization. Though orphaned and betrayed, she never relinquishes her ideals, even when working as a geisha. Taught by her mother and grandmother that even women must become knowledgeable of the modern world, she is avidly committed to learning, and is drawn to America. When she meets Franklin, an ensign in the U.S. Navy stationed in Nagasaki, she falls in love. But for Franklin, the matrimonial vows he takes with Cho are nothing more than the temporary convenience of a Nagasaki marriage.


"LOVE IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE" (JAPAN)
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DOCUMENTARY: TV: Documentary Programs: Docudrama

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Production Company: Tohokushinsha Film Corporation for NHK


To live peacefully and quietly with your loved one in your hometown after retirement – this is a dream that many have. But what if that dream were shattered by an unfortunate car accident? This is what happened to Yukio and Makiko, an ordinary couple living in a small town in rural Japan. Hit head-on in a car accident, Makiko suddenly finds herself completely paralyzed, trapped immobilized in a hospital bed. Tending her with great tenderness, Yukio eventually discovers that Makiko is conscious, with the ability to see and hear. He finds that she can communicate with him by blinking her eyes, and he tries to intuit her thoughts and feelings any way he can. Two years and nine months after the accident, they begin working together to communicate by using an electronic speech aid, with Yukio pressing a button when Makiko signals him with her eyes. This greatly expands the communication between them, and a light of hope illuminates their isolated battle to live each day. But one day, Makiko signals to Yukio, “Please kill me.” This dramatized documentary records the ever-deepening love between husband and wife over a period of six years, as they use eye blinks to nurture their mutual devotion.


"LOVE IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE" (JAPAN)
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DOCUMENTARY: TV: Documentary Programs: Docudrama

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Production Company: Tohokushinsha Film Corporation for NHK


To live peacefully and quietly with your loved one in your hometown after retirement – this is a dream that many have. But what if that dream were shattered by an unfortunate car accident? This is what happened to Yukio and Makiko, an ordinary couple living in a small town in rural Japan. Hit head-on in a car accident, Makiko suddenly finds herself completely paralyzed, trapped immobilized in a hospital bed. Tending her with great tenderness, Yukio eventually discovers that Makiko is conscious, with the ability to see and hear. He finds that she can communicate with him by blinking her eyes, and he tries to intuit her thoughts and feelings any way he can. Two years and nine months after the accident, they begin working together to communicate by using an electronic speech aid, with Yukio pressing a button when Makiko signals him with her eyes. This greatly expands the communication between them, and a light of hope illuminates their isolated battle to live each day. But one day, Makiko signals to Yukio, “Please kill me.” This dramatized documentary records the ever-deepening love between husband and wife over a period of six years, as they use eye blinks to nurture their mutual devotion.


"PUSHING THE LIMITS-SUPER JUMP ROPE 2011" (JAPAN)
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ENTERTAINMENT: TV: Entertainment Program & Specials: Game Show

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Production Company: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)


The ‘Figure-8 Jump Rope’ event is a one-minute race against time. Each team has to get as many jumpers as possible over the rope in the allotted time, moving in a figure-8 formation. It’s all about teamwork, and requires intense concentration and commitment from each individual. The program follows the preparations of five teams selected from elementary schools around Japan. During the intense training sessions, there are moments of inspiration and emotion, as participants struggle to overcome their individual weaknesses and gradually discover what it takes to become a real team — first in practice and then on the Big Day.


"PUSHING THE LIMITS-SUPER JUMP ROPE 2011" (JAPAN)
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ENTERTAINMENT: TV: Entertainment Program & Specials: Game Show

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Production Company: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)


The ‘Figure-8 Jump Rope’ event is a one-minute race against time. Each team has to get as many jumpers as possible over the rope in the allotted time, moving in a figure-8 formation. It’s all about teamwork, and requires intense concentration and commitment from each individual. The program follows the preparations of five teams selected from elementary schools around Japan. During the intense training sessions, there are moments of inspiration and emotion, as participants struggle to overcome their individual weaknesses and gradually discover what it takes to become a real team — first in practice and then on the Big Day.


"SCIENCER" (JAPAN)
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EDUCATION: Secondary/High School

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Production Company: Produced by NHK Educational Corporation for NHK in cooperation with Chiyoda Raft


Sciencer is not your usual science show. Rather, its objective is to have kids understand the process of thinking scientifically. Every week, three chosen Sciencers will take on an every-day question sent in from viewers. With no script and no clue as to what they’re in for, Sciencers brainstorm on their own, and go through trial and error in an effort to come up with the answer. Along with the real portrayal of Sciencers thinking, there are plenty of comedic bits to make for a fun experience of scientific thinking. Eating cake with friends and family is great, but how many of you are there? If there are seven, without a protractor or measuring device of any kind, you won’t be able to split a cake evenly seven ways, and that’s sure to spark a fight over who gets the bigger piece! Or is there actually a way to split a cake into seven even pieces? Three challengers, SciEnCers rise up to this difficult task, and they find an amazing way to do it on both a cake roll, and a whole round cake! But the question is: can YOU figure out how to do it!?


"SCIENCER" (JAPAN)
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EDUCATION: Secondary/High School

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Production Company: Produced by NHK Educational Corporation for NHK in cooperation with Chiyoda Raft


Sciencer is not your usual science show. Rather, its objective is to have kids understand the process of thinking scientifically. Every week, three chosen Sciencers will take on an every-day question sent in from viewers. With no script and no clue as to what they’re in for, Sciencers brainstorm on their own, and go through trial and error in an effort to come up with the answer. Along with the real portrayal of Sciencers thinking, there are plenty of comedic bits to make for a fun experience of scientific thinking. Eating cake with friends and family is great, but how many of you are there? If there are seven, without a protractor or measuring device of any kind, you won’t be able to split a cake evenly seven ways, and that’s sure to spark a fight over who gets the bigger piece! Or is there actually a way to split a cake into seven even pieces? Three challengers, SciEnCers rise up to this difficult task, and they find an amazing way to do it on both a cake roll, and a whole round cake! But the question is: can YOU figure out how to do it!?


"SECRETS OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM: ANCIENT GREECE REDISCOVERED" (JAPAN)
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DOCUMENTARY: TV: Documentary Programs: History

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Production Company: NHK Co-Produced with NHK Enterprises In Association with TV Man Union


The British Museum. One of the world’s leading museums, it collects the magnificent legacies of cultures all over the globe. Of the eight million items in its holdings, however, it displays in its galleries a mere one percent. The remaining 99% repose unseen, in storage. But these undisplayed works are also often the subject of ongoing scientific analysis, research, and sometimes restoration, using the cutting edge technologies. After two and a half years of negotiation, NHK was granted access to conduct full-scale behind-the-scenes filming. As we discover, light is being shed on some of the mysteries and riddles of antiquity. Ancient history is new again: it has come alive. Ancient Greek civilization blossomed suddenly, starting in the 7th century B.C. It has been thought of as a “white” culture, after the gleaming white marble of its surviving sculpture and temples. Research at the British Museum, however, is upending that image of classical culture. Those pure white statues and temples turn out to have been brilliantly colored. How did that vibrantly colorful Greek culture turn into the pristinely white conception that still informs our common understanding of ancient times? What role did a scandalous event in the British Museum’s own past play in distorting our view of Greek civilization? This program tugs on those threads in order to unravel a fundamental problem in cultural perception.


"SECRETS OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM: ANCIENT GREECE REDISCOVERED" (JAPAN)
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DOCUMENTARY: TV: Documentary Programs: History

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Production Company: NHK Co-Produced with NHK Enterprises In Association with TV Man Union


The British Museum. One of the world’s leading museums, it collects the magnificent legacies of cultures all over the globe. Of the eight million items in its holdings, however, it displays in its galleries a mere one percent. The remaining 99% repose unseen, in storage. But these undisplayed works are also often the subject of ongoing scientific analysis, research, and sometimes restoration, using the cutting edge technologies. After two and a half years of negotiation, NHK was granted access to conduct full-scale behind-the-scenes filming. As we discover, light is being shed on some of the mysteries and riddles of antiquity. Ancient history is new again: it has come alive. Ancient Greek civilization blossomed suddenly, starting in the 7th century B.C. It has been thought of as a “white” culture, after the gleaming white marble of its surviving sculpture and temples. Research at the British Museum, however, is upending that image of classical culture. Those pure white statues and temples turn out to have been brilliantly colored. How did that vibrantly colorful Greek culture turn into the pristinely white conception that still informs our common understanding of ancient times? What role did a scandalous event in the British Museum’s own past play in distorting our view of Greek civilization? This program tugs on those threads in order to unravel a fundamental problem in cultural perception.


"WAR OF THE WHALES: ORCA ATTACK!" (JAPAN)
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DOCUMENTARY: TV: Documentary Programs: Nature, Wildlife

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Production Company: Produced by NHK Enterprises, Inc. for NHK


Whales are among the largest creatures on our planet. And each year, thousands of them make a life-or-death journey that takes them through the Unimak Pass, a strait of water just five kilometers across in the Aleutian Islands. On the other side of the Unimak Pass sits the Bering Sea, said to be more abundant with life than any other body of water in the world. The whales begin their northward journey in the spring, the adults escorting the young. But along the way, a menacing army of 200 orca whales awaits. Orcas, fearsome predators who hunt skillfully in packs, doggedly hunt the other whales, particularly the calves. Adult whales form large rings around their young in order to shield them—on occasion, whales will protect even the calves of other species from the orcas. In this fierce battle, the orcas and the other whales employ both their massive bodies and their considerable intelligence.


"WAR OF THE WHALES: ORCA ATTACK!" (JAPAN)
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DOCUMENTARY: TV: Documentary Programs: Nature, Wildlife

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Production Company: Produced by NHK Enterprises, Inc. for NHK


Whales are among the largest creatures on our planet. And each year, thousands of them make a life-or-death journey that takes them through the Unimak Pass, a strait of water just five kilometers across in the Aleutian Islands. On the other side of the Unimak Pass sits the Bering Sea, said to be more abundant with life than any other body of water in the world. The whales begin their northward journey in the spring, the adults escorting the young. But along the way, a menacing army of 200 orca whales awaits. Orcas, fearsome predators who hunt skillfully in packs, doggedly hunt the other whales, particularly the calves. Adult whales form large rings around their young in order to shield them—on occasion, whales will protect even the calves of other species from the orcas. In this fierce battle, the orcas and the other whales employ both their massive bodies and their considerable intelligence.


"YAYOI KUSAMA: THE POLKA DOT PRINCESS" (JAPAN)
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DOCUMENTARY: TV: Documentary Programs: Biography

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Production Company: Produced by NHK Enterprises, Inc. for NHK c NHK/ home room co.


Yayoi Kusama, 83, is a self-proclaimed genius who wears signature red polka-dot clothes. She is one of only a very few Japanese artists who have achieved worldwide celebrity. At one recent auction, a work of hers sold for almost 6 million dollars. In 2012 the Tate Modern — that temple of modern art in London — mounted a major retrospective on Kusama. This was the first time such treatment had ever been accorded a single Asian artist. Simultaneously, thanks to Kusama’s collaborations with top fashion brands, goods bearing her polka-dot designs went on sale at 450 shops on four continents. One of them even had a life-size and life-like Kusama doll presiding silently over sales on the premises, a feature that caused considerable comment. There is more to this story, however. Kusama herself may trigger cascades of camera flashes when she goes out, but her home for the past four decades has been a quiet psychiatric hospital. While struggling with illness she has managed to continue to pursue her creative life seriously and energetically. This program gives us a fascinating peek into her complex, productive lifestyle.


"YAYOI KUSAMA: THE POLKA DOT PRINCESS" (JAPAN)
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DOCUMENTARY: TV: Documentary Programs: Biography

Entrant: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.)
Production Company: Produced by NHK Enterprises, Inc. for NHK c NHK/ home room co.


Yayoi Kusama, 83, is a self-proclaimed genius who wears signature red polka-dot clothes. She is one of only a very few Japanese artists who have achieved worldwide celebrity. At one recent auction, a work of hers sold for almost 6 million dollars. In 2012 the Tate Modern — that temple of modern art in London — mounted a major retrospective on Kusama. This was the first time such treatment had ever been accorded a single Asian artist. Simultaneously, thanks to Kusama’s collaborations with top fashion brands, goods bearing her polka-dot designs went on sale at 450 shops on four continents. One of them even had a life-size and life-like Kusama doll presiding silently over sales on the premises, a feature that caused considerable comment. There is more to this story, however. Kusama herself may trigger cascades of camera flashes when she goes out, but her home for the past four decades has been a quiet psychiatric hospital. While struggling with illness she has managed to continue to pursue her creative life seriously and energetically. This program gives us a fascinating peek into her complex, productive lifestyle.


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