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Toshita Kagura (2 DVDs)

MOROZUKA MURA TOSHITA KAGURA HOZONKAI

Toshita Kagura (2 DVDs)

Ref: FSV6453


Price: 34.99

Toshita is a small village, deep in the mountains on the border of Miyazaki and Kumamoto prefectures in Kyushu. It is known as a treasure box of kagura, literally god entertainment, a Shinto theatrical dance.The Kagura of Toshita is strongly influenced by Buddhism. This is first visual release of Toshita Kagura, performed by local members of the organisation to preserve Toshita Kagura. Performed July 2008 as a part of the Summer of Tokyo Music Festival 2008. Double DVD, over 5 hours. NTSC, Region Code 2.

DVD 1

1. Mai-ire 2. Yamamori 3. Ogami 4. Mikoya-home 5. Odaijin Ge

DVD 2

1. Yumi no Ishogon Chu 2. Sanpo Kojin 3. Iwato Jo 4. Kanzui Ge 5. Iwato Ge 6. Shimeguchi 7. Inari


The Source of Traditional Japanese Culture Vol. 1 (Nihon Bunka no Genryu Vol.1)

The Source of Traditional Japanese Culture Vol. 1 (Nihon Bunka no Genryu Vol.1)

Ref: FSV5936


Price: 30.99

NTSC, Region Code 2, 85 minutes, black & white. First of a fascinating documentary series that introduces traditional Japanese culture, the various masters in their fields, their techniques, lives and personalities. Filmed in 1959 and 1960 by Iwanami Film Works and broadcast on Fuji Television.

1. Ito Ayatsuri (Traditional Puppets, Edo Period Marionettes) 2. Shamisen-shi (Shamisen Maker) 3. Awa no Ningyo Joruri (Puppet Theatre from Awa, Tokushima Prefecture) 4. Hanabi (Fireworks) 5. Violin o Tsukuru (Violin Maker)



The Source of Traditional Japanese Culture Vol. 2 (Nihon Bunka no Genryu Vol.2)

The Source of Traditional Japanese Culture Vol. 2 (Nihon Bunka no Genryu Vol.2)

Ref: FSV5937


Price: 30.99

NTSC, Region Code 2, 85 minutes, black & white. Second of a fascinating documentary series that introduces traditional Japanese culture, the various masters in their fields, their techniques, lives and personalities. Filmed in 1959 and 1960 by Iwanami Film Works and broadcast on Fuji Television.

1. Yose no Hitobito (Pepole working in Yose Theatre- manzai and rakugo) 2. Bonsai (container grown miniature trees) 3. Shogi no Koma (Japanese chess pieces) 4.Taka Jo (Falconry) 5.Cho-kyo-shi - Keiba-uma o Tsukuru Hito (Horse Training)


The Source of Traditional Japanese Culture Vol. 3 (Nihon Bunka no Genryu Vol.3)

The Source of Traditional Japanese Culture Vol. 3 (Nihon Bunka no Genryu Vol.3)

Ref: FSV5938


Price: 30.99

NTSC, Region Code 2, 85 minutes, black & white. Third of a fascinating documentary series that introduces traditional Japanese culture, the various masters in their fields, their techniques, lives and personalities. Filmed in 1959 and 1960 by Iwanami Film Works and broadcast on Fuji Television.

1. Kabuki no Kodougu (Stage Props for Kabuki) 2. Katsura (Wigs) 3. Glass Zaiku (Glass Works) 4. Fude to Sumi (Painting brush and Charcol) 5. Haniwa no Fukugen (Restoring Ancient Japanese Clay Figures)


The Source of Traditional Japanese Culture Vol. 4 (Nihon Bunka no Genryu Vol.4)

The Source of Traditional Japanese Culture Vol. 4 (Nihon Bunka no Genryu Vol.4)

Ref: FSV5939


Price: 30.99

NTSC, Region Code 2, 85 minutes, black & white. Fourth of a fascinating documentary series that introduces traditional Japanese culture, the various masters in their fields, their techniques, lives and personalities. Filmed in 1959 and 1960 by Iwanami Film Works and broadcast on Fuji Television.

1. Yuki Tsumugi (Traditional Textiles - Yuki Tsumugi) 2. Kurume Gasuri (Tradtional Textiles - Kurume Gasuri) 3. Kihachijo (Tradtional Textiles - Kihachijo) 4. Edo Komon to Ise Katagami (Traditional Textiles- Edo Komon and Ise Paper Patterns) 5. Ukiyoe no Fukkoku (Restortion of Ukiyoe- woodblock prints and paintings)


The Source of Traditional Japanese Culture Vol. 5 (Nihon Bunka no Genryu Vol.5)

The Source of Traditional Japanese Culture Vol. 5 (Nihon Bunka no Genryu Vol.5)

Ref: FSV5940


Price: 30.99

NTSC, Region Code 2, 85 minutes, black & white. Fifth of a fascinating documentary series that introduces traditional Japanese culture, the various masters in their fields, their techniques, lives and personalities. Filmed in 1959 and 1960 by Iwanami Film Works and broadcast on Fuji Television.

1. Shippou o Tsukuru Hitobito (Making Shippou Enamelware) 2. Arita no Toukou tachi (Arita Pottery Makers) 3. Hakata Ningyo (Hakata Dolls) 4. Wajima Nuri (Wajima Lacquers) 5. Nanbu Tetsubin (Nanbu Iron Kettles)


The Source of Traditional Japanese Culture Vol. 6 (Nihon Bunka no Genryu Vol.6)

The Source of Traditional Japanese Culture Vol. 6 (Nihon Bunka no Genryu Vol.6)

Ref: FSV5941


Price: 30.99

NTSC, Region Code 2, 85 minutes, black & white. Sixth of a fascinating documentary series that introduces traditional Japanese culture, the various masters in their fields, their techniques, lives and personalities. Filmed in 1959 and 1960 by Iwanami Film Works and broadcast on Fuji Television.

1. Izumo Kagura (Shinto Theatrical Dance) 2. Hana Matsuri (Festival to Celebrate the Birth of Buddha) 3. Kuroshima no Odori (Traditional Dance in Kuroshima) 4. Ogouchi no Shihimai (Lion Dance of Ogouchi) 5. Kyo no Tabemono (Local Food Specilaties of Kyoto)


The Source of Traditional Japanese Culture Vol. 7 (Nihon Bunka no Genryu Vol.7)

The Source of Traditional Japanese Culture Vol. 7 (Nihon Bunka no Genryu Vol.7)

Ref: FSV5942


Price: 30.99

NTSC, Region Code 2, 85 minutes, black & white. Seventh of a fascinating documentary series that introduces traditional Japanese culture, the various masters in their fields, their techniques, lives and personalities. Filmed in 1959 and 1960 by Iwanami Film Works and broadcast on Fuji Television.

1. Dento ni Ikiru Machi - Kanazawa (Living in Tradition - Kanazawa) 2. Kagoshima - Hito to Fudo (Kagoshima's People and Their Culture) 3. Mizuhiki no Machi (The Town That Produces Mizuhiki Cord- used to make traditional decorations) 4. Ama no Shigoto (Woman Diver) 5. Tsugaru no Itako (blind female shaman)


The Source of Traditional Japanese Culture Vol. 8 (Nihon Bunka no Genryu Vol.8)

The Source of Traditional Japanese Culture Vol. 8 (Nihon Bunka no Genryu Vol.8)

Ref: FSV5943


Price: 30.99

NTSC, Region Code 2, 85 minutes, black & white. Eighth of a fascinating documentary series that introduces traditional Japanese culture, the various masters in their fields, their techniques, lives and personalities. Filmed in 1959 and 1960 by Iwanami Film Works and broadcast on Fuji Television.

1. Tera Daiku (Temple Carpenter) 2. Katana Kaji (Sword-maker) 3. Omikoshi-shi (Maker of Mikoshi, a portable shrine) 4. Ningyo-shi (Makers of Traditional Dolls) 5. Hakusei (Taxidermy)


The Source of Traditional Japanese Culture Vol. 9 (Nihon Bunka no Genryu Vol.9)

The Source of Traditional Japanese Culture Vol. 9 (Nihon Bunka no Genryu Vol.9)

Ref: FSV5944


Price: 30.99

NTSC, Region Code 2, 85 minutes, black & white. Ninth of a fascinating documentary series that introduces traditional Japanese culture, the various masters in their fields, their techniques, lives and personalities. Filmed in 1959 and 1960 by Iwanami Film Works and broadcast on Fuji Television.

1. Hisseki Kanteika (Handwriting Analyser) 2. Nisegane Kenkyuka (Counterfeit Money Specialist) 3. Itamae (Japanese chef or cook) 4. Touji (Sake Brewer) 5. Gyoushi (Sumo Referee)


The Source of Traditional Japanese Culture Vol. 10 (Nihon Bunka no Genryu Vol.10)

The Source of Traditional Japanese Culture Vol. 10 (Nihon Bunka no Genryu Vol.10)

Ref: FSV5945


Price: 30.99

NTSC, Region Code 2, 85 minutes, black & white. Tenth of a fascinating documentary series that introduces traditional Japanese culture, the various masters in their fields, their techniques, lives and personalities. Filmed in 1959 and 1960 by Iwanami Film Works and broadcast on Fuji Television.

1. Noyama o Aruite 70 Nen (Walking in the Hills for 70 years) 2. Mingei to Tomoni 50 Nen - Soetsu Yanagi (Living with Traditional Crafts for 50 Years) 3. Tobi (Construction Worker) 4. Kanpou-i (Chinese Medicine Doctor) 5. Zen no Shugyo (Zen Practice)


Maturi - Japanese Festivals - International Edition (NTSC)

Maturi - Japanese Festivals - International Edition (NTSC)

Ref: FSV5777


Price: 20.99

International version, NTSC (USA) Region Code Free, with English, Chinese and Japanese narration. Filmed at six of Japan's most famous festivals; Kyoto Gion Matsuri, Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, Awaodori, Akita Kanto Matsuri, Omoji Gosan Okuribi (Kyoto) and Soma Nomaoi (Fukushima). A fascinating insight into matsuri (festivals) an integral part of Japanese cultural life and history. 45 mins.



Maturi - Japanese Festivals - International Edition (PAL)

Maturi - Japanese Festivals - International Edition (PAL)

Ref: FSV5778


Price: 20.99

International version, PAL,(Europe, Australia) Region Code Free, with English, Chinese and Japanese narration. Filmed at six of Japan's most famous festivals; Kyoto Gion Matsuri, Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, Awaodori, Akita Kanto Matsuri, Omoji Gosan Okuribi (Kyoto) and Soma Nomaoi (Fukushima). A fascinating insight into matsuri (festivals) an integral part of Japanese cultural life and history. 45 mins.



Sato Kagura no Sekai - Okame to Hyottoko

GENNOSUKE MATSUMOTO

Sato Kagura no Sekai - Okame to Hyottoko

Ref: FSV5042


Price: 20.99

Guide DVD of Sato Kagura, or village kagura. Kagura is shinto theatrical dance, with many different types existing throughout Japan. The performance is by Gennosuke Matsumoto and his group.The tequniques and choreography of Sato Kagura are explained followed by comical performances such as 'Okame' and 'Hyottoko'. The DVD is presented in an easy to understand and fun way. Japanese only. Region Code 2. NTSC. 84 minutes.



Awa Odori

SEIJUROU SHINOMIYA, KAYO SHINOMIYA

Awa Odori

Ref: FSV5043


Price: 20.99

Awa Odori, the Awa Dance Festival is one of the largest bon odori festivals in Japan, taking place in Tokushima, Shikoku. This is a lesson DVD of Awa Odori, demonstrating the basics of the male and female versions of the dance, the classic and modern styles and differing techniques of the common dances and the more 'noble' ones. Presented in an enjoyable and easy to understand way. Japanese only. Region Code 2. NTSC. 61 minutes.



Japanese Tea Ceremony - NHK Syumi Yu-Yu, Cha no Yu o Tanoshimu Omotesenke Vol. 1

Japanese Tea Ceremony - NHK Syumi Yu-Yu, Cha no Yu o Tanoshimu Omotesenke Vol. 1

Ref: FSV4001


Price: 37.99

Learning the basics of tea making from Shuya Hisada from Omotesenke, one of the main schools of Japanese tea ceremony. Lessons on how to make usucha, the most common type of macha (the traditional type of powdered green tea used in tea ceremony). Learn about tea equipment, how to drink tea as a guest and a guide to the tea houses of Omotesenke. Japanese language only. 73 minutes. Region Code 2, NTSC.



Japanese Tea Ceremony - NHK Syumi Yu-Yu, Cha no Yu o Tanoshimu Omotesenke Vol. 2

Japanese Tea Ceremony - NHK Syumi Yu-Yu, Cha no Yu o Tanoshimu Omotesenke Vol. 2

Ref: FSV4002


Price: 37.99

Volume 2 on learning the basics of tea making from Shuya Hisada from the Omotesenke school of tea ceremony. Lessons on how to make koicha, the other type of macha, plus about the sweets used and how to drink tea. 71 minutes. Region Code 2 NTSC. Japanese only.



Japanese Tea Ceremony - NHK Syumi Yu-Yu, Cha no Yu o Tanoshimu Omotesenke Vols 1 & 2

Japanese Tea Ceremony - NHK Syumi Yu-Yu, Cha no Yu o Tanoshimu Omotesenke Vols 1 & 2

Ref: FSV4003


Price: 74.99

Volumes 1 and 2 of above titles together in a box.



Tohgei no Sato. Arita - Imari, Bizen

Tohgei no Sato. Arita - Imari, Bizen

Ref: FSV4662


Price: 36.99

DVD guide to Japanese pottery. This programme focuses on Arita, the cradle of porcelain manufacturing in Saga prefecture, after a potter from Korea discovered a high quality white porcelain mineral in Mount Arita-Izumi. Nearby Imari, on the coast of Imari Bay is a natural port and once the intermediary for the east-west exchange of porcelain. Bizen pottery is one of the six potteries of the middle ages, and one of the oldest schools of pottery in Japan. Bizen pottery is not glazed or painted, simply shaped and fired. A special soil is dug and refined, the potter forms the clay into a piece of pottery, the pattern created by both the potter and nature. NTSC Region Code 2, Japanese commentary only, filmed between 1996 and 2001.



Tohgei no Sato. Mino, Mashiko-Kasama

Tohgei no Sato. Mino, Mashiko-Kasama

Ref: FSV4663


Price: 36.99

Second volume of the Japanese pottery DVDs. Situated in Gifu prefecture, Mino is a centre of ceramics production in Japan, renowned for its production of tea ceremony utensils. The styles of shino, oribe, yellow seto and black seto have been perhaps Japan's most distinguished ceramics since the Momoyama Period (1568-1615). In recent years, all different designs and wares have been made, Mino ceramics being not just focused on tea ceremony utensils. The city of Kasama in Ibaraki prefecture has long been known for its reddish brown and black glazed pottery. Kasama yaki was used for everyday objects, although few kilns today still concentrate on these kinds of utensils. Instead modern Kasama yaki is made in almost any style and colour of dinnerware to works of art. It is still however, noted for its quality. The pottery of nearby Mashiko dates back to the Jomon and Yayoi periods. It is fairly simple and rustic, but these days can be found in many styles. Music by Kitaro. NTSC Region Code 2, Japanese commentary only, filmed between 1996 and 2001.



Oniyo - At the Daizenji Tamatare Shrine

JAPANESE FESTIVALS OF FIRE

Oniyo - At the Daizenji Tamatare Shrine

Ref: FSV3448


Price: 35.99

The Oniyo festival is one of the three largest fire festivals in Japan. It takes place at Daizenji Tamatare Shrine in Kurume, Fukuoka, Kyushu, Southern Japan. It is believed to date back to 368 AD, and according to legend originated when an official took revenge on a nobleman by burning him with a firetorch. These days it is used to cleanse the shrine of evil spirits and is one of Japan's most spectacular festivals, captured brilliantly on this DVD. One of the highlights is when a team sets fire to one of six huge bamboo torches, over a metre in diameter, thirteen metres long and weighing over a ton. Before the first one is set ablaze, all other lights are distinguished, the only light coming from the one torch bearer. The men, numbering about 20 or so, are dressed in white loincloths and headbands. For about two hours the streets are awash with flames, reverberating with noise. To the sound of taiko drums and chants, a procession makes its way between the shrine and the river two times. Men chant wildly, rousing the evil spirits from the shrine adn leading it to the river to be cleansed. The festival winds down after the final procession brings the cleansed spirits back to the shrine. 60 minutes, filmed 7th January 2007.



Festivals of Japan

Festivals of Japan

Ref: FSV2689


Price: 31.99

Filmed at six of Japan's most famous festivals; Kyoto Gion Matsuri, Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, Awaodori, Akita Kanto Matsuri, Omoji Gosan Okuribi (Kyoto) and Soma Nomaoi (Fukushima). A fascinating insight into matsuri (festivals) an integral part of Japanese cultural life and history. 60 mins.



Origami

AKIRA YOSHIZAWA

Origami

Ref: FSV3823


Price: 38.99

Akira Yoshizawa (1911-2005) was a master of origami. He helped to raise origami from a hobby or a craft to a legitamate art form. He created some 50,000 pieces, and pioneered many new techniques. His origami was even exhibited at the Louvre in 1998. This fascinating DVD, a rare insight into origami, comes with English subtitles.



Osatsu de Origami Turban Noguchino Orikata Video Syokyuhen

TURBAN NOGUCHI

Osatsu de Origami Turban Noguchino Orikata Video Syokyuhen

Ref: FSV3844


Price: 31.99

Origami DVD that tries to bring out the fun of this ancient art, including making origami from bank notes as well as paper.



Mimetronics

KAMIYAMA

Mimetronics

Ref: FSV4458


Price: 32.99

Kamiyama is Japan's greatest pantomime artist, and possibly the worlds' as he has won the World Cup Pantomime Festival. On this DVD he plays five characters, and comes with a special feature.



NHK Furusato no Densho (Handing Down Japan)- Hokkaido, Tohoku (4 DVDs)

NHK Furusato no Densho (Handing Down Japan)- Hokkaido, Tohoku (4 DVDs)

Ref: FSV5680


Price: 85.99

DVD set of monumental TV documentary series filmed for the celebration of the 70 year anniversary of the national broadcaster NHK. Furusato no Densho (Handing Down Japan) was broadcast from 1995 until 1999 and introduced the disappearing traditional cultures and customs rooted in each region of Japan from north to south in 124 special features. This DVD fetures Hokkaido and Tohoku with 20 features, (40 minutes each, total 800 minutes) on 4 DVDs. Prefectures covered are Hokkaido, Miyagi, Aomori, Iwate, Fukushima, Yamagata and Akita. Some of the towns featured in Tohoku, such as Kesennuma and Minami Sanriku were devastated by the Tsunami that hit the towns on March 11 2011. NTSC, Region Code 2, No subtitles, Japanese only.



NHK Furusato no Densho - (Handing Down Japan) Hokkaido, Tohoku (Blu-ray)

NHK Furusato no Densho - (Handing Down Japan) Hokkaido, Tohoku (Blu-ray)

Ref: FSV5681


Price: 65.99

Blue-ray DVD of above DVDs. All 20 film features on 1 disc. Region Code Free. No subtitles, Japanese only.



NHK Furusato no Densho - (Handing Down Japan)  Kanto (3 DVDs)

NHK Furusato no Densho - (Handing Down Japan) Kanto (3 DVDs)

Ref: FSV5682


Price: 85.99

17 features from Kanto (3 DVDs, 680 minutes). Tokyo, Kanagawa, Tochigi, Saitama, Gunma, Chiba and Ibaraki. This set features an interview with Hayao Miyazaki who was inspired by one of the customs featured for one of the scenes of his film Spirited Away. NTSC, Region Code 2, no subtitles, Japanese only.



NHK Furusato no Densho - (Handing Down Japan) Kanto  (Blu-ray)

NHK Furusato no Densho - (Handing Down Japan) Kanto (Blu-ray)

Ref: FSV5683


Price: 65.99

The above 4 set DVD on one Blu-ray disc. Region Code Free, no subtitles, Japanese only.



NHK Furusato no Densho - (Handing Down Japan) Chubu (4 DVDs)

NHK Furusato no Densho - (Handing Down Japan) Chubu (4 DVDs)

Ref: FSV5684


Price: 85.99

23 features, (4 DVDs, 920 minutes) on the disappearing culture and customes of the Chubu region; Niigata, Toyama, Nagano, Fukui, Ishikawa, Yamanashi, Shizuoka, Aichi and Gifu. NTSC, Region Code 2, no subtitles, Japanese only.



NHK Furusato no Densho - (Handing Down Japan) Chubu (Blu-ray)

NHK Furusato no Densho - (Handing Down Japan) Chubu (Blu-ray)

Ref: FSV5685


Price: 65.99

Blu-ray DVD of above title. Region Code Free, no subtitles, Japanese only.



NHK Furusato no Densho - (Handing Down Japan) Kinki (4 DVDs)

NHK Furusato no Densho - (Handing Down Japan) Kinki (4 DVDs)

Ref: FSV5686


Price: 85.99

16 features (4 DVDs, 640 minutes) from the Kinki region; Shiga, Mie, Kyoto, Hyogo, Nara, Wakayama and Osaka. NTSC, Region Code 2, no subtitles, Japanese only.



NHK Furusato no Densho - (Handing Down Japan) Kinki (Blu-ray)

NHK Furusato no Densho - (Handing Down Japan) Kinki (Blu-ray)

Ref: FSV5687


Price: 65.99

Blu-ray DVD of the disappearing cultures and cutoms of the Kinki region. Region Code Free, no subtitles, Japanese only.



NHK Furusato no Densho - (Handing Down Japan) Chugoku, Shikoku (4 DVDs)

NHK Furusato no Densho - (Handing Down Japan) Chugoku, Shikoku (4 DVDs)

Ref: FSV5689


Price: 85.99

24 features (4 DVDs, 960 minutes) from Chugoku / Shikoku region; Okayama, Tottori, Shimane, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Ehime, Kagawa, Tokushima and Kochi. NTSC, Region Code 2, no subtitles, Japanese only.



NHK Furusato no Densho - (Handing Down Japan) Chugoku, Shikoku  (Blu-ray)

NHK Furusato no Densho - (Handing Down Japan) Chugoku, Shikoku (Blu-ray)

Ref: FSV5690


Price: 65.99

Blu-ray Disc of above title of the Chugoku and Shikoku regions. Region Code Free, no subtitles, Japanese only.



NHK Furusato no Densho - (Handing Down Japan) Kyushu, Okinawa (4 DVDs)

NHK Furusato no Densho - (Handing Down Japan) Kyushu, Okinawa (4 DVDs)

Ref: FSV5691


Price: 85.99

24 features (4DVDs, 960 minutes) from Kyushu / Okinawa; Miyazaki, Saga, Kumamoto, Fukuoka, Oita, Nagasaki, Kagoshima and Okinawa. NTSC, Region Code 2, no subtitles, Japanese only.



NHK Furusato no Densho - (Handing Down Japan) Kyushu, Okinawa (Blu-ray)

NHK Furusato no Densho - (Handing Down Japan) Kyushu, Okinawa (Blu-ray)

Ref: FSV5692


Price: 65.99

Blu-ray DVD of the last of the set. Region Code Free, no subtitles, Japanese only.



NHK Furusato no Densho (Handing Down Japan) DVD Box (23 DVDs)

NHK Furusato no Densho (Handing Down Japan) DVD Box (23 DVDs)

Ref: FSV5694


Price: 510.99

Box set of all 23 DVDs from six different regions of Japan. NTSC, Region Code 2, no subtitles, Japanese only.



NHK Furusato no Densho (Handing Down Japan) Blu-ray Box (6 Discs)

NHK Furusato no Densho (Handing Down Japan) Blu-ray Box (6 Discs)

Ref: FSV5695


Price: 353.99

6 Blu-ray discs of this entire monumental series. Region Code Free, no subtitles, Japanese only.



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