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Nippon Hoso Kyokai (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
NHK Enterprises, Inc. (NEP)



[NHK International Services]
NHK offers services to overseas countries, namely NHK WORLD, on television, radio and via the Internet. NHK strives to promote a deeper international understanding of Japan, introducing the latest events in Japan through news and other programs.

[NEP International Business]
■ Program Acquisitions
■ Worldwide Sales of NHK Programs
■ Co-Productions and Events
■ Overseas Affiliates


Head Office

NHK / NHK Broadcasting Center
2-2-1 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8001, Japan

NEP
4-14 Kamiyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0047, Japan


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SHUJI YAMADA

Senior Manager

Programs

  • For Children

Darwin’s Amazing Animals

Began in 2006, Darwin's Amazing Animals explores fresh, engaging stories from the animal kingdom. Using the latest filming technology, each episode captures rare moments, and sometimes even world-first footage of animal behavior. The series is also characterized by Charlie, its mascot. Charlie jumps...

  • Human

Hideaki Anno: The Final Challenge of Evangelion

Anime's legendary Evangelion franchise is finally coming to an end. NHK spent four years with exclusive access to director Hideaki Anno, documenting the creative process behind the final installment, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time. For the first time, the camera is allowed inside Anno's stud...

REGENERATION: From Bullets to Brotherhood

Cape Town is caught in the grip of endless turf wars between dozens of gangs. The police and government have been unable to break the cycle of murder, robbery, gun-running, and drug trafficking. One man making a difference is Andie Steele-Smith, a businessman and pastor who braves the dangers of the...

  • Samurai

The 13 Lords of the Shogun

12th century, Japan. Charismatic leader Minamoto no Yoritomo founds the Kamakura Shogunate, shifting the political powerbase from Kyoto to the east. Behind this military feat are thirteen vassals. But after the superstar shogun's death, a fierce power struggle erupts. The one out of the Thirteen who...

Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan

Kishibe Rohan is a manga artist with a special gift. "Heaven's Door" allows him to turn people into books, extracting their personal history and secrets. He is even able to write in additional instructions to alter their actions. Peculiar incidents follow Rohan wherever he goes. In each, he must mak...

  • Comedy
  • Entertainment

Chiko's Challenge

Co-viewing comedy show which challenges celebrities with child-like innocent questions which are often surprisingly difficult to answer. The quizmaster is an “eternal 5 year old” character named Chiko. She is half CGI, half costume voiced by a famous male comedian. Full of curiosity and hard to plea...

  • Samurai

Awaiting Kirin

The Beast of Peace shall reign

In the 16th century, Japan was still fragmented and at war, with famed warlords wrestling for land and power. Akechi Mitsuhide is born into this world as heir to a minor lord. But as he is groomed to become a military commander, Mitsuhide yearns for nothing but peac...

  • Comedy
  • Romance

LIKES! Mr. Genji

My roommate is a handsome aristocrat from another era!

One day, ordinary office worker Saori is dozing off in her room when a stranger in period costume steps in! What the...? But the good-looking intruder reminds Saori of Hikaru Genji, the playboy protagonist of a novel from Japan's Heian period...

  • Science

Miracle Body: Breaking Limits With Hyper-Adaptability

How far can a human body adapt?

Tatyana McFadden is a medalist in the Rio Paralympic Games in all the paratrack and field distances, from the 100 meters to the marathon. She has also won the world's four major marathons. Scientific analysis reveals that her secret is in the exceptional command of...

Why She Can't R.I.P.

A bittersweet romantic comedy of two "outsiders"

Aye Min is elated when he arrives in Japan from Myanmar to pursue his dream of becoming a manga artist. Then reality strikes -- finding an apartment he can afford! Aye Min finally stumbles onto an incredibly cheap flat, but its inhabitants prove to...

An Artist of the Floating World

Who can tell where the lines are drawn?

Japan, a few years after the end of the Second World War -- Masuji Ono is an ageing painter of considerable renown, and retired life in his lavish mansion unfolds peacefully -- on the surface. But this seeming tranquility is broken when he is told that his ...

  • Quizshow

Late Night Show with Nitty & Gritty

People have their obsessions. Some have pasts. Many may not be "worthy" of mainstream television coverage, but we often read about them buzzing on social media. This show encourages and celebrates these weird, dark, niche, and definitely underground ways of life through a candid talk show using pupp...

  • Reality

72 hours

[TREASURE BOX JAPAN|mipformats 2016]
NHK's long-running popular series since 2006. Ranked No. 1 for viewer satisfaction.
‘72 hours’ is an extremely unique format of human-interest documentary. For the duration of 72 hours, cameras target and record a single location. There are no preconceived sc...

  • Nature

An Amazing Evolutionary Path: Penguin

The South Island of New Zealand, known as a penguin paradise, is home to the largest number of penguin species. In fact, the island is believed to be where the very first penguins appeared. Little penguins, which at night slightly lean forward when walking back and forth between their nest and the s...

  • Food/Cooking

Lunch On!

[TREASURE BOX JAPAN|miptv2015 Format]
You are what you eat!
By late morning, the sound of growling tummies can distract even the hardest workers. But take a look around, and you’ll find that everyone has a unique lunch routine. In NHK’s "Lunch On!", you‘ll get to see the what, how, and where of ...

  • Nature

Precious Blue: The Caribbean Sea -- Bonding with the Sperm Whale

Underwater videographer Ai Futaki films the world's oceans by freediving. She insists on working without air tanks so that the natural behavior of ocean creatures can be captured without being disturbed by the bubbles and sounds of her breathing. Futaki's close-up footage revealing the amazing expre...

  • Nature

The Ninja Birds of Kakadu: Comb-crested Jacanas

Kakadu National Park is located in the northernmost part of Australia. During the rainy season, when vast expanses of wetland appear and many aquatic insects and fish emerge, aquatic birds arrive to feed on them and breed. Among them is the Comb-crested Jacana. These unique birds use their long toes...

  • Nature

A Tale of Gentle Giants

During summer, the Atlantic coast between northeastern United States and southeastern Canada attracts large sea creatures such as whales, sharks that feed on the dense aggregations of plankton. To help reveal the secrets of these creatures' underwater hunting and behavior, the documentary film crew ...

  • Nature

Africa's Albertine Rift

The Albertine Rift covers just one percent of the Africa's area, but contains more species of vertebrate animal than anywhere else on the continent. Powerful forces below the Earth transformed the landscape and changed the climate. These radical changes forced animals and plants to mutate and evolve...

  • Nature

Borneo

Borneo is one of the great biodiverse eco-systems on earth. Here, the tallest rainforests on earth have thrived almost untouched for over a hundred million years, harboring an extraordinary group of creatures, including 30 species of gliding animals that have evolved to live in these forests. The lu...

  • Nature

China -- Roof of the World

A titanic collision between India and Asia created the tallest mountain range on earth and forced up the vast Tibetan plateau -- often described as "The Roof of the World."
Only those creatures that could adapt to hostile alpine conditions survived in the highest ecosystems on Earth.
Mutation and ...

  • Nature

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of 7 countries that make up the great isthmus that connects North and South America. This biodiverse hotspot, flanked by seas and divided by mountains, has 12 major ecosystems. From the annual turtle invasion on the beaches, to the dazzling birds in the clouded forests, to big cat ...

  • Nature

Dazzling and Deadly: The Blue Ringed Octopus

The waters of Australia are home to a variety of intriguing octopus and cuttlefish species. One is armed with a special weapon. It's an octopus measuring only 8 cm in length called the blue-ringed octopus. With venom powerful enough to kill humans, this octopus bites and kills prey several times its...

  • Nature

India's Western Ghats

The Western Ghats are a 1000-mile mountain range that runs down the West Coast of India. They have been a haven for ancient creatures like the giant purple frogs, which have lived here since the time of the dinosaurs. When India joined onto Asia around 40 million years ago, the Ghats served as a for...

  • Nature

Journey into Danger: Buffalo vs. Lion

Along the Chobe River in Botswana, Africa, fierce battles are waged between lions and buffaloes. During the dry season, the Chobe River attracts huge herds of buffaloes with enormous horns that come in search of water and grass. However the mighty lions are already at the scene waiting patiently for...

  • Entertainment
  • Family
  • Human
  • Science

KAITAI-SHIN-SHOW (Japanese Title : 総務省アジア共同製作調査研究「タイ科学情報バラエティ番組」)

“The New Anatomy Show” is an entertaining science show that offers a glimpse into the familiar yet miraculous world of the human body, shining a light on the extraordinary mechanisms that nature has created inside of us. Through original experiments and witty dialogue, questions like “Why do our han...

  • Nature

Marimo: Mysterious Living Spheres

Mysteriously spherical in shape, Marimo, or "moss balls," are freshwater algae found in just a few locations around the world. One of these places is the bottom of Lake Akan in Hokkaido, Japan, where the marimo colony has been designated a special natural treasure. Scientists from around the world a...

  • Nature

Nature Wonder Land VIII

NHK proudly presents its 8th Nature Wonder Land series. This unique nature series uncovers the fascinating stories of a wide range of animals from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Europe. Viewers will enter the worlds of creatures rarely seen before and marvel at their power and beauty.

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  • Nature

Survival in the Ice Kingdom: Polar Bears

Polar bears are the largest land carnivores in the world. In the fall, 900 individuals gather along the Canadian coast, waiting for the annual sea ice to form so they can hunt. The polar bears may seem active, but their bodies are in a state of hibernation so they must call upon their unique ability...

  • Nature

The Arid Namib

The Namib Desert of southwestern Africa is one of the harshest and driest places on Earth. Despite this, it is home to numerous creatures large and small and over a thousand different plant species. This unique coastal desert was formed by a cold ocean current that prevent rainfall. But the same oce...

  • Nature

The Fateful Journey: Hokkaido Brown Bear

A thriving population of approximately 200 Hokkaido brown bear reside on the Shiretoko Peninsula, a World Heritage Site in Hokkaido. It was here that NHK spent four years filming the lives of young male brown bear siblings. From the bears' moment of independence from their mother to food scarcity ca...

  • Entertainment
  • Family
  • Human

Ama-chan

Ama-chan is a light-hearted drama about a young city girl's transformation when she moves to the Japanese countryside. Aki, the heroine, falls for country life and ends up helping revitalize her village. Ama-chan was written by popular Japanese playwright, Kankuro Kudo, in hopes of cheering up Japan...

  • Nature

Back from the Deep: Giant Sea Bass

The waters surrounding the Channel Islands of California not only teem with life but they also hide a mysterious surprise. For every year these shoals are visited by an endangered species that is just coming back from the brink of extinction: the giant sea bass. The giant sea bass can grow up to two...

  • Nature

Battles of the Mothers: Ring-tailed Lemurs

Ring-tailed lemurs are easily recognized by their black and white long tails. They inhabit forests in the dry regions of southern Madagascar. They live in female dominated groups. When territorial disputes break out, females engage in fierce fights. They pounce and kick at each other, all the while ...

  • Nature

Bringing Life to the Desert: Giant Cactus

In the Sonoran Desert that stretches across part of North America, giant cacti are an important part of the lives of various wild birds. The Greater Roadrunner, an eccentric ground bird that dashes across the land, nests in the space of a spine-covered cactus. Meanwhile, small owls with a dynamic hu...

  • Adventure
  • Nature
  • Simulation

Challenge of the Chalk Lands: Kazakhstan (Japanese Title : 白亜の絶景 秘められた謎に迫る~カザフスタン~)

Kazakhstan is a vast nation with dramatic and unexpected landscapes. One of them is the chalk lands—snow-white mountains with towering cliffs made of pure chalk. This spectacular landscape is little known outside Kazakhstan, but that's going to change; a film crew from Japan is about to reveal this ...

  • Adventure
  • Nature

Chile's Island of Extremes: Madre de Dios (Japanese Title : 南米 最果て 謎の無人島へ~チリ・多島海~)

Madre de Dios Island is one of six thousand islands comprising an archipelago southwest of Chile, South America. Access to this uninhabited island near the center of the archipelago is extremely difficult as the island is located in one of the world's most famous rainstorm regions known as the "Furi...

  • Adventure
  • Nature

Climbing Giants: The Mighty Redwoods

Redwoods are among the world's largest living organisms. Some grow higher than 100 meters and live to be more than 3,000 years old. A belt of redwood forest stretches along the west coast of California in the United States. By using the latest advances in tree climbing, this program reveals an entir...

Close Up! The Atacama Desert Crossing

The Atacama Crossing is one of the world's top endurance running races. The race takes place in Chile across wide sand dunes and salt flats at an elevation of 3,000 meters. Carrying their own food and sleeping bags, runners must cover 250 kilometers in 7 days in a place without trails. One hundred a...

  • Nature

Crossing the Cliffs: Nubian Ibex

In Israel, a range of 400-meter towering cliffs forms a spectacular backdrop to the briny waters of the Dead Sea. This is home to some of the hardiest animals on earth -- the Nubian Ibex. Ibexes make a death-defying journey down to the valley floor every morning in search of food and water. They lat...

  • Nature

Deep-Sea Sharks

The megamouth shark is a recently discovered species of deep-sea shark. Only 50 specimens have ever been sighted. Many of these sightings took place in Suruga Bay and Sagami Bay, beneath the shadows of Mt. Fuji. These waters have long been known to hold a treasure trove of deepwater sharks. Prehisto...

  • Nature

Disaster Big Data -- Saving Lives Through Information

On March 11, 2011, Japan was hit by the magnitude 9 Great East Japan Earthquake. Eighteen thousand five hundred people were killed or went missing. How did people react on that day? Why did so many people lose their lives?
A huge amount of data from that day is stored on the cloud and is now being ...

  • Nature

Evolution in Paradise: Ogasawara Islands

Over millions of years, a unique ecosystem has been created on the Ogasawara Islands of Japan. Many of the animals and plants on the islands cannot be found elsewhere, and one island in particular, Hahajima, has remained untouched. Here, you can find birds such as the Bonin white-eye, which is known...

  • Adventure
  • Nature

Explorers of the Deep: Bahamas Blue Holes

Nearly a thousand caves dot the ocean floor near the Bahamas, southeast of the Florida peninsula. These "blue holes" are limestone caves that have formed over the course of 350,000 years. There's little oxygen in the water in these caves, making it incredibly transparent with an over 100-meter visib...

  • Nature

Grand Journey Across North America: Sandhill Cranes

Every spring, 500,000 sandhill cranes flock along a large river in the midwestern United States. After having wintered in the American South, they stop to build up their strength in preparation for their long journey to Alaska, where they will spend the summer. They also look for mates. Once they re...

  • Nature

Great Nature II

Experience the wonders of our incredible planet.
Great Nature is an entirely new kind of natural history series. It introduces some of Earth's most stunning vistas, shows how they were created, and reveals nature's marvels in a style that's bursting with rich detail.
At last, a second series of Gr...

  • Adventure
  • Nature

Hidden Gems: Brazils Land of Diamonds (Japanese Title : 封印されたダイヤモンドの大地~ブラジル)

Brazil, South America, is home to a region veiled in secrecy where until recently few were allowed to enter. The region's towering cliffs and tumbling waterfalls offer clues to a rich geological past, but the most sparkling secrets are hidden within the sand -- for this is a land of diamonds; a worl...

  • Nature

Kilimanjaro's Superherd: African Elephants

At the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the world's greatest wildlife spectacles is about to begin. Around three hundred African elephants are coming together to form a superherd and in a matter of days, they'll fill these fertile lands. As far as the eye can see a never-ending herd of elephants em...

  • Adventure
  • Nature

Land of Extremes: Ethiopia (Japanese Title : エチオピア大横断~地球3000万年の鼓動に迫る~)

Ethiopia -- the scorched earth of Africa. This is a place where temperatures soar to more than 55 degrees Celsius while at the same time cooler high-altitude lakes feed some of Africa's most spectacular waterfalls. For the past 30 million years, volcanic activity has created a uniquely diverse terra...

  • Adventure
  • Nature

Land of Fire Mountains: Java, Indonesia (Japanese Title : 火山密集 ジャワ島1000キロを行く~インドネシア~)

The island of Java in Indonesia lies above four tectonic plates: the Eurasian, Pacific, Australian, and Philippine Sea plates. This mighty convergence gives rise to one of the most volcanically active places on earth. When the volcanic island of Krakatau last erupted in the late 19th century, it sen...

  • Nature

Life of the Inuit -- A Year in the Arctic

Siorapaluk is the world's northernmost village. It lies in the great ice-covered land known as Greenland. It's home to 51 Inuits who hunt the Arctic waters for seal and walrus for their food, clothing, and fuel. Their hunting techniques have been passed down from generation to generation. In autumn ...

  • Nature

Masters of Mimicry: The Insects of Costa Rica

The Central American tropical forests of Costa Rica have rich biodiversity. For small insects, it's also a place filled with predators like reptiles and birds. Some insects have evolved in unique ways to protect themselves. They have become mimics. They mimic other animals and natural things to dece...

  • Nature

Mt. Fuji: A World Heritage Site Blessed with Water

Mount Fuji has recently been included as a site on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Water is the key to understanding why the mountain is worshipped and why it continues to be an artistic inspiration. Standing alone in solitary grandeur, Mount Fuji receives a lot of rainfall throughout the year and a...

  • Adventure
  • Nature

Mystical Lands of Stone: China (Japanese Title : 奇跡の絶景“石の海”“石の森”~中国 奇岩地帯を飛ぶ~)

Southern China -- home to some of nature's greatest landscapes. In one part of China, a sea of strange stones washes over the undulating landscape, and in another, an alien forest of precipitous rocks towers 400 meters above the ground. To unravel the mysteries of these geological wonders, a team of...

  • Nature

Nature Wonder Land VII

NHK proudly presents its 7th Nature Wonder Land series. This unique nature series uncovers the fascinating stories of a wide range of animals from Africa, Asia, Oceania, Americas and Europe. Viewers will enter the worlds of creatures rarely seen before and marvel at their power and beauty.

Episod...

  • Nature

Rabbits vs. Stoats: War in the British Countryside

Seventy percent of the English landscape is countryside. Built by human hands over a thousand years, this is a place where the drama of life unfolds. The battles between stoats and rabbits are particularly fierce. Stoats belong to the weasel family, and despite their cute appearance are vicious hunt...

  • Nature

Realm of the Rat Catchers: Ethiopian Wolves

The windswept plains of the Ethiopian highlands may look deserted, but they are in fact crowded with life. The plains are home to one of the world's rarest animals: the Ethiopian wolf. Less than 500 Ethiopian wolves are thought to exist, but here on the plains they have mastered the art of survival ...

  • Nature

Reigning the Amazon River: Giant Otters

The Amazon River Basin is crowded with rare and extraordinary wildlife. One unique animal has mastered the art of survival -- giant otters. Follow a family of otters, discover their secrets, and see how life changes when new faces arrive. The whole family teach the pups to swim and no one can fall b...

  • Adventure
  • Nature

Riches of the Reef: Indonesia's Raja Ampat (Japanese Title : “奇跡の海”謎に迫る~インドネシア ラジャ・アンパット~)

Indonesia's Raja Ampat is home to some of the most spectacular marine life in the world. It is known as "the Miracle Sea," and a team of filmmakers from Japan will find out why as they dive into this secret world for the first time. They'll reveal the riches of the glowing coral reefs that light up ...

ROBOT REVOLUTION: Will Machines Surpass Humans?

Humanoid robots are being created to meet increasing worldwide demand. Such robots can move on their own volition, climb stairs, and even handle tools. The recent nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan triggered the current increase in their development. Unfortunately, the disaster proved that robots ...

  • Adventure
  • Nature

Russia's Heart of Fire: The Kamchatka Peninsula

Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire where most of the world's volcanoes can be found. It's a land densely clustered with volcanoes -- many still active. While making this program, the camera crew was able to capture footage from the sky and on the ground. They even go...

  • Adventure
  • Nature

Seeking the Source: The Mighty Amazon (Japanese Title : 神秘の大河 アマゾン 3つの不思議に迫る)

Set off on an adventure to explore deep inside Peru, South America. Travel along the Amazon, the largest river in the world, and take a closer look at its relatively unknown mid-to upstream regions. The journey begins upstream from Iquitos at an elevation of only 100 meters and then continues for a ...

Shima Kosaku's Asian Entrepreneurs

How did Asia's most prominent entrepreneurs know when to grasp opportunities? And how did they overcome difficulties and attain their positions of power? This series uses the unconventional technique of blending actual documentary footage with CG animation to get a close-up look into the front lines...

  • Nature

Sophisticated Farmers: Leafcutter Ants

Deep in the tropical forests of Central America lives an extraordinary creature -- the leafcutter ant. For over 50 million years, it has been part and parcel of this jungle terrain, cultivating the land and creating a labyrinth of underground farms. Unlike other species of ant, leafcutter ants produ...

Syria Through the Eyes of Its People

The Arab Spring wound around the countries in the Middle East. However, in Syria, it escalated into an endless civil war between troops loyal to the Assad regime and anti-government forces. The international community couldn't work out an effective resolution and 60 thousand people lost their lives....

  • Art

The Book of Tears

Tan Dun, one of the most creative composers to emerge from modern China, is attracting global attention by combining music and video on stage. In May 2013, he introduced his 13-movement symphony at an NHK Symphony concert. The piece was built around Nu Shu, an ancient and mysterious syllabic script ...

  • Adventure
  • Nature

The Chameleon Desert: Namibia (Japanese Title : ナミブ 七色に輝く不思議な砂漠)

The Namib Desert stretches far along the Atlantic coast of southern Africa. One area in particular, the Namib Sand Sea in Namibia, a recent addition to the World Heritage list, is a gigantic store of one trillion cubic meters of sand that produces the world's most beautiful sand dunes. These sand du...

  • Nature

The Giant Squid

The giant squid is a perfect example of what is still a deep-sea mystery in the 21st century. Reaching amazing lengths of up to 18 meters, they are the largest squid in the world, yet they have never been seen alive in the deep sea. One of best chances in the world of encountering a giant squid is i...

  • Adventure
  • Nature

The Great Thaw: Siberia (Japanese Title : 極寒シベリア~一瞬の夏のスペクタクル)

Siberia is one of the coldest regions in the world, and the effect this has on the land is dramatic. Every winter, the mighty Lena River freezes, but as spring arrives, the rising temperatures cause an incredible change to take place in what is known locally as Redahoto -- the Great Thaw. What begin...

The House of Glass (Japanese Title : ガラスの家)

Despite her undeniable beauty and powerful presence, Rei is lonely all her life. One day, she meets Kazunari, a high-level bureaucrat and widower. They marry and she moves into his house, where he lives with his two grown-up sons. Rei's presence is about to wreak havoc on her new family.

NHK's ne...

  • Nature

The Matchless Marsupial: Koala

A representative animal in the Otway Forest, south of Melbourne, Australia, is the koala. Here, their population density is extremely high, with up to six individuals living in a single tree. In this koala paradise, males are amazingly active as they grunt, chase each other on the ground, and engage...

  • Science

The Nebra Sky Disc -- Mysterious Astronomical Device

About a decade ago, a mysterious bronze disk with astronomical markings was discovered in Germany. It's 30 centimeters in diameter and 5 centimeter thick and is inlaid with gold decorations of the sun, the moon and stars. Named the Nebra Sky Disc after the place where it was found, this disk is surp...

The New "Made in Japan"

Hit by the growth of manufacturing throughout Asia, the phrase "Made in Japan" no longer carries the cachet it once had. However, with new technology strategies and revisions of old corporate structures, many Japanese companies are working toward making a comeback on the global stage. This program i...

  • Science

THE ORIGINS OF DISEASE

Human's first ancestors appeared in Africa about 7 million years ago. As these early humans began to walk on two legs, their hands were free to do a variety of tasks and their brain size increased dramatically. Soon the human race was on the road to developing advanced civilizations. However, during...

  • Adventure
  • Nature

The Secret Mountain: Papua New Guinea

On New Britain Island in Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific, is one of the most unique, unspoiled jungles in the world. Although it's been extremely difficult for research teams to go into this jungle until now, new explorations have begun to paint an overall picture of the jungle floor. Viewed f...

  • Art
  • Nature

The Universe at Our Feet

Bejeweled green leaves glitter in the sunlight. Horsetails appear to be small dancing dolls. Beautiful, fantastic mushroom spores fly through the air. Such captivating visions of ordinary plants are captured by 82 year-old Hany Ciabou, a nature photographer. Even the simplest tableaus turn into amaz...

  • Human
  • Nature

TOMORROW

As Japan continues to work toward recovery from the devastation of the Great East Japan Earthquake, a variety of new projects are getting underway. Experts and scientists in many fields including such things as environmental studies, energy management, disaster prevention, industry, education, commu...

  • Family
  • For Women
  • History
  • Human
  • Samurai

Yae's Sakura (Japanese Title : 大河ドラマ「八重の桜」)

Sometimes following her dreams means breaking the rules.

NHK's famed Taiga drama series continues with the historical tale of Japanese heroine, Yae Niijima (1845-1932). Since Yae was from the Aizu Domain, which included the present-day Fukushima Prefecture, it is hoped that this tale of triumph o...

  • Nature

"Deep Ocean" Revealing its Secrets -- The Coastal Waters off Okinawa

The "deep sea" is the final largely unexplored part of the planet. A high-definition camera on a Japanese unmanned deep-sea probe vessel introduces the rare creatures that inhabit this amazing world.

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A Circle of 21 Children

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  • Nature

An Ear for Danger: Bat Eared Fox

The Serengeti plain in East Africa is one of the world's most diverse and spectacular wildlife kingdoms. It's home to the bat-eared fox. They feed mainly on insects. With their long, big ears, they can detect the ultrasonic waves that insects emit. Ultrasonic waves usually travel in a straight line ...

  • Nature

Animal All-Stars

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  • Nature

Biggest and Wildest Cacti -- North America, The Sonoran Desert

The red-hot vastness of the Sonoran Desert of North America is the habitat of a surprising number of lifeforms. A high-definition camera travels deep into the "cactus desert" in search of them.

  • Nature

Black Storm: The Gobi Desert

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Bottom Biting Bug

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  • Family
  • Human

Carnation

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Chinese Village Beats Corruption

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  • Art
  • Education

Design Ah!

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  • Family

Doctor Ume

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  • Nature

Dragons of the Galapagos: Marine Iguanas

The Galapagos Islands, an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, were never connected to the mainland. Here, wildlife evolved on its own distinct path. One of the most unique creatures is the marine iguana. A cold current that runs by the islands creates ideal growth conditions for the algae that flouris...

  • Nature

Echoes of the Forest: Taiwanese Squirrels

The forest in Kenting, which extends across southern Taiwan, is a reservoir of tropical biodiversity. The Taiwanese squirrel has a unique behavior where it uses a specific call for each purpose. For example, if a monkey, eagle or snake approaches, they make different sounds to warn other members of ...

  • Science

Episode 1: superfoods

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  • Science
  • Science

Episode 2: supercharmers

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  • Nature

Family Ties: Western Lowland Gorilla

Giant gorillas are remarkable primates. Males routinely weigh more than 200 kilograms. It was once believed that these mighty apes lived only on the ground. But it was discovered that gorillas living in the tropical rainforests of the African nation of Gabon can climb trees as tall as 30 meters in s...

  • Romance

First Love

Can adolescent love transcend time? This is a powerful love story between a married woman reunited by coincidence with her first love.

Midori, a speech therapist, was living a happy and contented life with her husband Jun and their son, until she was diagnosed with liver cancer. After finding out...

  • Nature

Follow the Footsteps: Blue Wildebeest

In May, when the dry season comes to East Africa's Serengeti plain, vast herds of a particular grazing animal set out to make a thousand-kilometer march north in search of fresh grass. These are blue wildebeests. They travel in herds of over a million head that include many newborns. As they migrate...

Fukushima: Witnesses to a Nuclear Disaster

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  • Nature

Great Nature

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  • Nature

Great Nature I

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  • Nature

Guardians of the Kelp Forest: Sea Otters

In the state of California, south of San Francisco is Monterey Bay. In this bay is a dense underwater forest of giant kelp -- the largest on Earth. This forest of 60-meter long kelp provides an ideal habitat for sea otters. This program follows a family of sea otters living in close harmony with thi...

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Home to Richly-Colored Birds: Terraced Rice Paddies of Bali

Thousands of beautiful terraced rice paddies line the base of Mount Agung, the highest mountain in Bali, Indonesia. It's a truly breathtaking scene. Because of the abundance of water, rice can be harvested three times a year here. These rice paddies are also an oasis for a wide variety of living cre...

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House of Quilt

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Illuminating the Magellanic Clouds

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Ingenious Aerial Hunters: Birds of Borneo

In the tropical rainforests Southeast Asian island of Borneo, April is the season when the birds raise their young. They utilize many different techniques when hunting. The greater racket-tailed drongo, known for its long tail, takes aim at the insects in low-lying bushes. The dollarbird skillfully ...

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Into the Abyss: The Giant Cave of Vietnam

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Into the Unknown: Greenland's Ice Caves

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Into the Unknown: Mysterious Underground Caves -- Bahamas "Blue Holes"

Following a survey team, we explore the mysterious wonders of the underwater caves called "blue holes" that are scattered throughout the Bahamas, including their beautiful transparent stalactites.

Japan's Comeback: A View from a Neighbor

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Journey to the Disaster Zone

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Jun + Ai

Staying at a hotel can be an enchanting experience! At least, that's what Jun learned from her grandfather about the hotel business in Okinawa. When Jun's father takes over the family-operated inn, the place loses its spark and appeal. But when Jun offers to re-vamp it, her dad flatly rejects the id...

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Kawaii International

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Kim Jong-un: Transfer of Power in North Korea

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KIYOMORI

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Legendary Giant Squid

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Lucky Day

A wedding is supposed to be the happiest moment in a couple's life. But what if someone among the attendants does not wish success for the newlywed couple?

The up-tempo drama Lucky Day depicts a very unusual day at a wedding hall in ten episodes. The suspenseful search for a criminal, sidesplitti...

LULU & LOLO --TINY TWIN BEARS

Based on a best seller picture book the bears' school, which sold over 2 million copies, the all new TV animation called LULU & LOLO -- TINY TWIN BEARS will soon be released!
Twin bear sisters Lulu and Lolo are hard workers but are also quick to cry. Lulu is an orange bear. Lolo is yellow. They lov...

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Master Hunter of the North: Crested Kingfishers

Much of the Chitose River in Hokkaido consists of spring water. This water rarely freezes, even in the middle of winter. Crested kingfishers make this river their permanent home. These kingfishers are about the size of pigeons. A high-speed camera was used to document how they hunt, capturing their ...

MELTDOWN: The Fukushima Disaster

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Minamisoma: Life on the Nuclear Frontline

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Miracles of Oze Marsh

Surrounded by 2,000 meter-high mountains, the "miraculous wetlands" of Oze lie just 150 kilometers away from Tokyo. But this Shangri-la of green fields, dotted with crystal-clear ponds, seems a world away. Mist and sunshine create "white" rainbows on summer mornings and at night the Milky Way is mir...

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Mount Everest: Shooting the Highest Summit

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Nature Wonder Land VI

NHK proudly presents its 6th Nature Wonder Land series. This unique nature series uncovers the fascinating stories of a wide range of animals from Africa, Asia, Oceania, America, and elsewhere. Viewers will enter the worlds of creatures rarely seen before and marvel at their power and beauty.

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Nature's Evolving Wonders -- The Great Canyons of America

Exploring the deep gorge in North America that is famous for its Grand Canyon, this program features the "vibrant ground" that cannot be experienced on regular sightseeing tours.

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On the Edge! Spectacular Oceanic Volcano -- New Zealand

Landing by helicopter on White Island, one of the world's largest marine volcanoes, the camera goes right to the crater's edge to provide a thrilling you-are-there experience with roaring sound.

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Penguin Island: The Falklands

The Falkland Islands, in the south Atlantic, are a haven for penguins. Five unique species of penguin breed in this area. Among them are rockhopper penguins, which can scale steep cliffs; gentoo penguins that run across the grassland; and large, 95-centimeter tall king penguins. During the summer wh...

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Phantom Sharks Lurking in the Depths

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Raging "Black Storm" -- The Gobi Desert, Mongolia

The program documents an attempt to record the "black storms," the huge sandstorms that appear every spring in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, and reveal the truth behind them.

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Return of the Giants: The Indian Rhinoceros

The Chitwan National Park stretches along the base of the Himalayas. This vast expanse of wetland is home to the endangered Indian rhinoceros. Weighing up to three tons, these massive beasts look like they're wearing body armors. Because they spend most of their time hiding deep in the wetlands, sig...

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Rice Terraces in the Sky

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Running Along an Icy Cliff: Mountain Goat

In the Rocky Mountains of North America, steep cliffs were carved by glaciers. A snow-white mountain goat skips confidently along these rocks. Mountain goats' physical features help them survive in this rocky alpine environment. They have special hoofs that prevent them from slipping and long hair t...

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Secrets of the Stag: Hokkaido Sika Deer

In Hokkaido, Japan lies Shiretoko. It's a natural World Heritage site where the Hokkaido sika deer thrives. In the fall, 150-kilogram stags engage in fierce battles. They clash with each other using their enormous, 70-centimeter long antlers. Only the victors get to mate. Every spring males lose the...

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Sleeping Beauty

Will a recent divorc?e find her prince at this stage in her life? This romantic comedy depicts a woman facing the challenge and opportunity to reinvent herself.

Chinami, a 46 year-old housewife, loses everything she had established during her marriage when her husband suddenly asks her for a divo...

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Space Tourism -- A New Chapter in Space History

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Staggering Rifts in the Ground -- Iceland, Island of Volcanoes

Featuring spectacular images that have never been shown before, this program visits Iceland and presents volcanoes that are the major natural force creating new land.

Steve Jobs' Message to the Next Generation

In 2005, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs gave a commencement address to Stanford University graduates that will go down in history. Despite getting jobs at top banks, investment firms, and other high-flying companies, many of these graduates, inspired by Jobs' speech, were soon laid off. Some were unabl...

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Strong Brotherly Bonds: Cheetahs

A cheetah running all-out can reach speeds of more than 100 kilometers per hour. Female cheetahs mainly rely on this speed when persuing prey. Male cheetahs, on the other hand, use their muscular strength and power when hunting. This program closely follows a pair of male cheetahs in the day and at ...

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superlife

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The "Rainscaped" Island of Rainbows -- The Hawaiian Island of Kauai

The Hawaiian island of Kauai boasts the rainiest spot on Earth. The program introduces its stunning scenery created by the rainfall and attempts to capture a mysterious phenomenon, a rainbow at night.

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The Breathing Pulse of the Earth -- Ethiopia

This program focuses on the boiling lava lake of an Ethiopian volcano, a place where you can feel the power of the Earth breathing. We also climb a steep cliff to find traces of crustal movement.

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The Cosmic Shore

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The Great Summits II

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The Home of the Largest Trees in the World -- California, USA

Many of California's giant trees are recognized as being No. 1 in the world for some special feature. Tree-climbing techniques were used to capture images of the trees all the way up to 100 meters.

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The Kitty Domination

First conceptualized in 1974, the Japanese character brand, Hello Kitty, continues to perform incredibly well in many markets throughout the world. Its reach has grown over a single generation. Its products are now found in 109 countries and regions including not only the United States, Europe and A...

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The Largest Cavern in the World -- Vietnam's Hang Son Doong Cave

The Son Doong Cave in Vietnam was recognized as the world's largest cave in 2010. The program presents amazing images from deep inside the cave filmed for the first time using high-definition cameras.

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The Lunar Rover -- Apollo's Final Challenge

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THE NEXT MEGAQUAKE

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The Niyodo River: A Symphony in Blue

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TOMORROW beyond 3.11

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Towards Tomorrow

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Underwater Bullet: Sei Whale

A giant whale speeds beneath the waters off the Bay of California in Mexico. This underwater bullet is a Sei whale. It measures 15 meters in length and weighs 20 tons. The habits of Sei whales are relatively unknown. Since they swim at speeds in excess of 60 kilometers per hour, it's been difficult ...

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War of the Whales -- Orcas Attack!

Included among whales, the largest living creatures on Earth, is the orca. Recently orcas confronted other whales in a five-kilometer square area in a life-and-death battle costing many lives. Over a thousand whales were involved. For the first time ever, this spectacle was entirely caught on film. ...

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World's Most Beautiful Coral in the "Miracle Sea" -- Indonesia, Right Below the Equator

This edition introduces the sea around Raja Ampat in Indonesia, home to the world's greatest variety of corals. The multitude of fish visiting the colorful coral beds includes huge mantas.

Yasu - A Single Father's Story

When a man raises a son on his own, it naturally produces a strong relationship between them. This heartwarming story speaks to the unbreakable bond between fathers and sons, even when separated by time, distance-or a lie.

Yasu is a Hiroshima truck driver, living a happy life with his family in t...

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A Portrait of the Wild: The North Woods of Canada

The North Woods region in Canada's interior occupies one-third of the country's land area. It is also a treasure trove of flora and fauna. Roaming its reaches are bison, which can reach a weight of one ton; reindeer, with their magnificent antlers; and other indigenous creatures like wildcats and cr...

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Africa's Rift Valley

A tale of three African lakes set in an aquatic world of vibrant color, shape and movement. In these waters live over 1,000 fish species, all evolved from one family. These fish are evolving faster than any other vertebrate on the planet. It is a story that would have wowed Darwin.

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Amazing Hunters of the Aegean: Eleonora's Falcon

Various species of birds flock to the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea in the autumn. These migratory birds use the islands as stopping points on their journey from Europe to the African continent. During this season Eleonora's Falcons come to these islands to hunt for these birds. For efficiency's s...

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Amazon Alliance: New World Monkeys

The Peruvian jungle in the upper reaches of the Amazon is home to two different species of monkeys, the Andean titi and the brown-mantled tamarin. What's interesting is that these two species live side by side as if they were members of a single troop. When titis feed on insects, they rely on tamari...

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Australia

Australia is a floating laboratory whose ancient origins, continental drift and changing climate forced its inhabitants to evolve and adapt, culminating in over 200 species of pouched marsupials. The story of Australia's iconic red kangaroo and how it evolved to survive and thrive in the desert, rep...

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Big Bird in an Old Forest: Southern Cassowary

Australia's northeastern tropical rain forest, among the oldest forests in the world, is home to a unique, flightless bird. The huge southern cassowary stands 1.8 meters tall and weighs up to 60 kilograms. It maintains an interesting relationship with the surrounding plant life. It can swallow fruit...

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Brazil's Cerrado

The Cerrado in Brazil is a vast grassland where life is defined by close relationships and synchronized life cycles. An extreme climate has transformed the Cerrado into a theatre of evolution where the inhabitants have acquired remarkable skills, unique shapes and unusual habits -- the predator eats...

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Clever Gourmet -- Crab-eating Macaque, Thailand

On a small deserted island in Thailand, Southeast Asia, there are monkeys called crab-eating macaques that use rocks as tools. Not only do they use large rocks to crack open shellfish and hard nuts, but also they carefully use the edges of small rocks to shuck oysters. No other monkey in the world c...

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Designed to Dance: Birds of Paradise

New Guinea is a true garden of Eden for birds. Some of the most unique are birds of paradise. With plenty of food such as nuts and fruits and very few natural predators, they've been able to leisurely hone their courting skills. The ribbon-tailed astrapia flaps its long white tail feathers, while th...

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Elusive Feline: Tsushima Leopard Cat

The Tsushima leopard cat is one of the most endangered animals in Japan. Only 60 centimeters long and weighing about four kilograms, it lives exclusively on Tsushima Island in southern Japan. Automatic HD cameras were set up at locations where these cats were known to show up. Running 24 hours a day...

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Fire Bird -- Southern Carmine Bee-eater, Namibia

There is a bird species that amazingly loves dangerous bees and fire. Southern carmine bee-eaters, which are found in Africa, have a particular liking for bees with venomous stingers. They use their beak to catch flying bees midair and they carefully remove the stingers before eating. They are true ...

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Gym Rats -- Capybara, Brazil

Measuring up to 1.3 meters in length and weighing close to 60 kilograms, capybaras are the world's largest living rodents. They live in herds of around 20 individuals in the vast wetland region of Pantanal in Brazil. Known for being laid-back animals, they are most often seen grazing, sleeping, or c...

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Hoppers in the Savanna -- Jackson's Widowbird, Kenya

n the African Savanna, there are birds that display a strange courtship behavior. They are the Jackson's widowbird. The males gather in the grassland and continuously jump up and down, using their splendid tail feathers to impress the females. While in the air, their long tail feathers catch the bre...

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Japan

Japan is a chain of islands born of violent tectonic forces and buffeted by the most extreme climate. This is the story of how ancient animals and new arrivals evolved strategies to overcome extremes of land and climate to survive on the world's most dramatic and breathtakingly beautiful island arcs...

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King of the Northern Skies: Steller's Sea Eagle

With a wingspan of 2.5 meters and weighing an incredible 8 kilograms, the Steller's sea eagle is the world's largest eagle. They're found in the Sakhalin region of eastern Russia. There are only 6,000 of these majestic birds remaining. Rare footage of Steller's sea eagles rearing their chicks was ca...

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LIFE FORCE

LIFE FORCE is a celebration of the power of evolution. An exploration of the forces that shape life in all its unexpected glory.

This breath-taking series is a groundbreaking cross-genre fusion of blue-chip natural history and cutting edge science documentary. Viewers are transported to six stran...

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Living on the Edge: Tara Canyon

Over the centuries, the emerald green Tara River in Montenegro on the Balkan Peninsula has etched a canyon 1,300 meters deep. The views throughout the Tara Canyon are spectacular. Up to 700 varieties of plants blanket its undulating hills. Herds of chamois live on the steep slopes where no human can...

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Love Ballet on Water -- Grebe, United States

When the season of love arrives, male and female western grebes and Clark's grebes dash together across the water. To win a female's approval, the male must move in unison with her. As soon as she starts to move away, he follows trying to stay right next to her and not fall behind. The female will c...

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Madagascar

Madagascar became the land of lemurs through the accidental arrival of one small group of primates 60 million years ago. Cycles of tumultuous geological and climatic events caused the foundation family to mutate into over 100 species of lemurs through a series of evolutionary processes.

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March of the Masses: Great Spider Crabs

In June, an intriguing phenomenon occurs in the waters off Melbourne, Australia. A swarm, some 100,000 strong, of great spider crabs covers a stretch of seafloor. They each measure about 20 centimeters wide. Their legs can extend up to 40 centimeters. When faced by predators many of this sprawling p...

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Nature Wonder Land V

NHK proudly presents its 5th Nature Wonder Land series. This unique nature series uncovers the fascinating stories of a wide range of animals from Africa, Asia, Europe, America, and elsewhere. Viewers will enter the worlds of creatures rarely seen before and marvel at their power and beauty.

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New Zealand

New Zealand -- a fairytale archipelago with a turbulent geological past. A land with astonishing creatures; flightless birds and creatures of the night; living fossils and dinosaurs... Evolution has run wild on this land of isolation and today some of the world's most unusual animals can be found on...

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Our Street Smart Neighbors: Sparrows

Sparrows are among Japan's most common wild birds. Only 15 centimeters in length, they demonstrate tremendous vitality and ingenuity. During breeding season, they might build their nests under the eaves of houses or even in on a traffic signal. But their toughest season is the winter, when they face...

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Prey vs. Predators: Survival on the Serengeti

In the vast plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania, the dramatic struggle between prey and predator is played out every day. With the start of the rainy season in November, herds of wildebeests, zebras, and Thomson's gazelles gather here seeking fresh pastures. Waiting for them are the predators, inclu...

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Secrets of the Waterside: The Canals of England

The canals that crisscross England have long supported rich natural habitats. Along the Macclesfield Canal, in Central England, diving rodents called water voles hunt for prey below the water's surface. Kingfishers alight on the trees that line the banks, intently eying the flowing water, then swoop...

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Siamese Fighting Fish -- Betta, Thailand

Bettas grow to about 6 cm in length and are beautifully colored. They live in ponds and wetland areas of Southeast Asia. These fish are also known as "fighting fish" because the males will aggressively fight over territory; however, they are also surprisingly doting fathers. Air is a key element not...

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Singing Apes -- Agile Gibbon, Indonesia

The thick tropical forest on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia is home to the agile gibbon, a species of primates with a beautiful singing voice. With a flowing melody and powerful voice that can be heard within an area of several kilometers square, singing bouts can last for more than thirty minut...

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Splendor in the Dark -- Flashlight Fish, The Philippines

On a dark, moonless night, off the coast of Mactan Island, Philippines, one can witness an intriguing sight. Countless scintillating lights shine through the water's surface, creating a mystical display of flickering light -- it's a school of flashlight fish. Because these fish normally hide in deep...

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Stalking the Savannah: Birds That Choose Not To Fly

The endless savannah stretching to the horizon in southwestern Kenya is home to several bird species that can fly but mostly don't. With their long legs, secretary birds find insects and reptiles hiding in the grass. They even hunt for venomous snakes. Ground hornbills use their strong bills to dig ...

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Strong Family Ties -- Acorn Woodpecker, United States

Acorn woodpeckers in the United States have the unique behavior of drilling holes into trees and stuffing them with acorns. These holes become giant granaries in which a woodpecker family will store a few thousand acorns. The acorns serve as survival food during winter, and as a convenient food supp...

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The Kazinga Channel: Hippo Paradise

In the savannah of western Uganda, Africa, there's a place known as "Hippo Paradise." There are more than 5,000 hippos living there. Females spend seven years caring for their calves. They not only carry their young piggyback-style through the water they live in, but they suckle their young beneath ...

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The Ocean's Gentle Giant: Whale Shark

Large numbers of giant whale sharks, which can grow to a length of 13 meters, converge in Donsol Bay at Luzon Island in the Philippines. These fish are thought to live independently in the open sea, but there are still many unanswered questions about their way of life - such as why they congregate i...

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The Wild Bunch: Hamadryas Baboons

The floor of Ethiopia's Great Rift Valley in Ethiopia is intensely hot and extremely dry. Defying these conditions is a herd of 1,000 hamadryas baboons. The male baboon is the absolute ruler of the family: he searches for food and raises the family's young. These baboons form large groups to protect...

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Tough Customer -- Common Warthog, Africa

Common warthogs are herbivores found in the African Savanna. When they dash, they're as fast as a racehorse, and they have excellent stamina. They can outrun fearful predators such as lions and cheetahs and will sometimes even charge at them. Common warthogs will also do whatever it takes to protect...

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Walking Pine Cone -- Chinese Pangolin, Taiwan

The Chinese pangolin is the world's only mammal that has scales. They have rarely been filmed in the wild, but after 40 days of searching in the forests of Taiwan, and after trying different ways to find them such as placing an endoscopic camera inside one of their burrows, this scaly beast was fina...

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World Heritage Falcon -- Lesser Kestrel, Italy

Matera is a World Heritage site in southern Italy that is home to about three thousand households that still live in ancient cave dwellings carved into the rocky mountainside. In spring, around two thousand lesser kestrels, which are members of the falcon family, descend on the town to raise their y...

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Acrobat of the Hokkaido Forest: Eurasian Red Squirrel

The Eurasian red squirrel lives in Hokkaido in northern Japan. Some can be found in the virgin forest inching up to Sapporo, which is the fifth largest city in Japan. They use the hollows in the trunks of big trees to bear and raise their young. They depend for food on nuts and berries in the forest...

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Back from the Brink: Okinawa Spiny Rat

The forests of Yanbaru on the main Okinawa Island have been called "a time capsule of evolution." The forests' primal environment hosts no native carnivores. Although the environment has undergone changes in recent years, the Okinawa spiny rat, which was believed to be extinct, was rediscovered in 2...

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Brocade Forests

Forests cover nearly 70% of the Japanese archipelago. They provide rare landscapes of mixtures of wide varieties of broadleaf and coniferous trees, and the coloring of the leaves in autumn provides spectacularly beautiful scenes -- some say the most beautiful in the world. And deep inside these fore...

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Builders of Large Communal Nests: Sociable Weaver

In the arid region of Namibia in southern Africa stand bizarre-looking trees covered by huge lumps of dried grass. Weighing one ton, they are in fact the nests of the sociable weaver -- one of the world's largest bird nests. Each nest is like a big apartment, with over 100 holes that house some 300 ...

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Canopy Gliders of the Borneo Rainforest

On equatorial Borneo Island, it's not only birds and insects that can fly. Using special methods, even reptiles, amphibians, and mammals can soar through the air! Photographer Tadashi Shimada takes up the challenge of capturing them in flight.

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Curious Jumpers of Madagascar: Sifakas

Many primates are found only on the island of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Among them are sifakas, which move vertically, leaping on their hind legs when they are on the ground. This program searches for the roots of the sifaka to find how this creature evolved to have this unique movement.

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Dancers on Fire: Flame Bowerbirds

The island of New Guinea is a paradise for "dancing" birds. They enjoy abundant food and face no natural enemies. In this environment they have developed various displays of courtship. The dance of a flame bowerbird, which has golden plumes and a fiery red face, was considered a legend known only to...

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Flash Dance by the Mystery Fish -- Blue-lined Sea Bream, Palau

Off the coast of the tropical Pacific Ocean island of Palau, 100,000 fish suddenly appear out of nowhere and go through a wild, flash dance. The fish are blue-lined sea bream. This fish is brightly colored, with stripes of shimmering blue and yellow. As suddenly as they came, the huge swarm of wildl...

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Giants of Alaska: Brown Bears

The Katmai National Park on the Alaska Peninsula is the unprecedented kingdom of brown bears with a population of over 2,000. At the beginning of summer, the brown bears, which usually live independently, gather at rivers looking for sockeye salmon. Watching these huge bears weighing over 400 kilogr...

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Havens of Harmony: Satoyama

Photographer Mitsuhiko Imamori has been traveling across Japan to visit and record the splendor of satoyama, an area where nature and human co-exist peacefully. Dedicated to portraying the people' s traditional lifestyles in satoyama, he feels that he must record them now, or they will be lost forev...

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Hunter in Rural Japan: Grey-faced Buzzard

The grey-faced buzzard is found in the rural area of Tochigi Prefecture in central Japan. Compared with other birds of prey, the buzzard is not a very skillful hunter. It survives by taking full advantage of its habitat, the "satoyama," forest and land which are blessed with a biodiversity only mode...

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Hunting Art of the Marsh Harrier

Rice paddies and water that supports the landscape constitute typical rural scenes in Japan. A variety of small animals live here as well as many birds of prey. Among these birds is the marsh harrier, a member of the hawk family. Skillfully using its habitat, the marsh harrier displays its artistic ...

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Life at Desert's Edge: Ghost Crabs

The desert comes right up against the sea along the coast in the Middle Eastern country of Oman. Small mounds in the sand about 30 centimeters high can be seen for 25 kilometers all down the coastline. These mounds are made by male ghost crabs to attract females. The males are engaged in a tough com...

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Life in Kalinzu Forest: Uganda's Chimpanzees

Uganda, a richly forested country with year-round precipitation due to the presence of Lake Victoria, lies just below the equator on a plateau about 1,100 meters above sea level. Wild chimpanzees that are threatened with extinction live in its forests. These chimpanzees have the rare characteristics...

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Life in the Jungle Canopy: Kinkajou

A vast untouched jungle extends out just from the edge of the Panama Canal in Central America. With its big eyes, the sweet-looking kinkajou, which is related to the raccoon, lives in the canopy of trees at 30 meters above the ground. In the middle of the night, the kinkajou moves nimbly from branch...

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Life on the Savannah: Big Cats

The vast east African savannah is the only place in the world where "big cats" -- lions, leopards and cheetahs -- can be seen in a single location.
The abundant source of food is the reason why these cats, which reign at the top of the food chain, can survive. The endless grassland gives them life....

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Love-warrior of the Rocky Mountains: Greater Sage-grouse

The greater sage-grouse inhabit the 'high desert' regions of the Rocky Mountains in the United States. Their behavior becomes quite unique during the breeding season. Males advertise themselves by inflating and deflating the air sacs on their chests, creating popping sounds. Only the strongest male ...

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Modern Day Eden: A Japanese Temple Garden

Japanese gardens are internationally famed for their beauty and core ideas. Recently they are noted for another function - an ecosystem for living nature. The garden at Honen-in Temple in Kyoto embraces many animals and plants living together in harmony, creating "a mandala of life in a limited spac...

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Nature Wonder Land IV

Many amazing stories about nature await telling. With the popularity of the past three series, series 4 is now available. The new series has again uncovered many of the nature's legends. Entering the worlds of creatures that no one has even seen before, Nature Wonder Land shows viewers their power a...

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On the Edge of Survival: Brazil's Wild Dogs

The cerrado is a tropical savanna region stretching from the eastern side of the Andes Mountains. It is called a treasure trove of life because of the diverse animal life found there. Among this fauna are wild dogs that are rarely seen. They include the maned wolf, characterized by its long legs and...

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Prismatic Seas

The coastlines of the Japanese archipelago stretch for a total of 34,000 kilometers. From icy waters to coral reefs and 10,000-meter deep waters, the diverse marine environment can be seen along these coasts. This episode captures the various animals, fish, and birds living along the coasts of the J...

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Return to Shark Island: Elephant Seals

The small Pacific island of Guadalupe off the coast of Mexico isn't normally the site of life-or-death drama. But in winter huge elephant seals arrive here to breed. The dominant male, a big bull is nearly five meters long and weighs over two tons. In order to leave as many offspring as possible, th...

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Success from Scratch -- Black-backed Jackal, Tanzania

Living in the Serengeti Plain of Tanzania, the black-backed jackal has a unique way of raising its young. One of the offspring born the previous year will remain in the lair and help to raise the pups of their parents. This helper will sweat blood -- sometimes literally -- to help raise the pups, ca...

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Survival Strategy: Humpback Whale

Recently the unique behavior of humpback whales has been frequently spotted near the Queen Charlotte Islands off the west coast of Canada. With its head down, this huge whale lifts its tail fin out of the water and slaps it down with an enormous splash. The whales even coordinate their movements lik...

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The Chameleon of the Sea -- Mimic Octopus, Indonesia

The mimic octopus is a remarkable octopus that can transform itself to impersonate over ten other types of creatures, including flounder, sea snake, lionfish, and sea anemone. Why does it change itself so often? What happens when it meets a creature it is imitating? This program closely follows the ...

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The Flying Fisherman -- Osprey, Japan

The osprey is the only hawk in the world that actually dives into the water to catch fish. The osprey hovers fairly high above the water, and when it spots its prey, it swoops down, reaching speeds of 60 kilometers per hour, and dives into the water, grabbing large fish with its sharp talons. The se...

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The Flying Super Cat -- Caracal, Namibia

The caracal is a wild cat living in arid zones mainly in Africa. Although only slightly larger than domesticated cats, the caracal boasts amazing hunting skills. It can even catch prey the same size as it is with a cheetah-like spurt of speed. It can also leap up to three meters in the air to snag a...

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The Lure Fishing Fish -- Frogfish, Japan

Even though they themselves are fish, frogfish catch other fish. Growing up to only around 10 centimeters in length, frogfish are a type of anglerfish. Difficult to detect, we took up the challenge of filming them in the waters off the coast of Japan. Their chief characteristic is the rods, which lo...

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The Peace Lover -- Giant Anteater, Brazil

With its long face and 60-centimeter-long tongue, the giant anteater of South America cuts a rare figure that is unlike any other creature. As its name suggests, it eats only termites and ants. After closely following this animal over a long period in the great savanna of Brazil, we found two key wo...

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The Phantom of the Savanna -- Giant Armadillo, Brazil

Covered by its massive armor, the giant armadillo, up to 1.5 meters long, lives in the Brazilian savanna and can burrow furiously in the ground to make its home and find food. Because of their small numbers and timid natures, they seem to be phantomlike animal that people almost never see. For over ...

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The Playful King of Parrots -- Scarlet Macaw, Peru

The striking scarlet macaw inhabits the Amazon jungle of South America. One meter in length from head to tail, it is sometimes called the "king of parrots" because of its richly colored plumage. Researchers say that the scarlet macaw greatly enjoys "play." Hanging upside down from branches, the scar...

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The Snowbird -- Rock Ptarmigan, Japan

Designated as a special natural treasure, the rock ptarmigan lives in the snowy expanse of Mount Tateyama in the Northern Japan Alps. Wrapping itself with its pure white feathers, the rock ptarmigan can easily live at temperatures of up to 20 degrees Celsius below zero and bury itself in the snow to...

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Thronged with Visitors: The Prairie Dog Town -- Prairie Dog, United States

Prairie dogs, a relative of the squirrel, live in the vast grassland "prairie" of the United States. Nearly 150 prairie dog families have made what is in essence their own "town." A number of other animals visit this town and create all sorts of happenings. A cunning coyote comes to search for prey,...

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Unlikely Eden: Ngorongoro Crater

During the dry season, the grasses in the savanna region in northwestern Tanzania wither, forcing animals to look elsewhere for food. But a green paradise exists in the middle of the region surrounded by a huge outer rim of a volcanic crater 20 kilometers in diameter. This is the Ngorongoro Crater. ...

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Welcome to Giraffe Paradise -- Giraffe, Niger

Niger in western Africa is a paradise for giraffes. There they fill their mouths with wild watermelons, their favorite food, and lay their long necks down to nap. Just after they are born, baby giraffes, their umbilical cord still attached, run around gaily -- truly a paradise for them. Since giraff...

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WILD JAPAN

The Japanese archipelago occupies only 1/400th of the Earth's land mass. Yet, it has been attracting the keen attention of researchers around the world for its diverse nature remaining on the islands despite the population of over 100 million. It is said that 80% of all types of environments that ex...

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Winning by Losing -- Proboscis Monkey, Borneo Island

Its long nose and big belly immediately catch the eye. The proboscis monkey is a rare monkey that lives only in the tropical rainforests of Borneo Island in Southeast Asia. Like their physical appearance, their behavior is also unique. Although they appear powerful, they dread fighting, and they run...

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Desert Survivors: Honey Badger and Namaqua Chameleon

The honey badger of Africa's Kalahari Desert is officially listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most fearless animal on earth. True to its reputation, this little beast coolly devours venomous snakes and even confronts lions head-on. It's staved off hunger and thirst by making a meal ...

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Fishing Journey in Japan

Let's soak into the fascinating world of fishing while enjoying the rich and diverse natural environments in Japan!
This program takes the viewers on a fun journey through various types of fishing in Japan. Some of the featured fishing techniques are lure fishing in a stream, surf fishing from a ro...

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Giant Moth Mystery

The program focuses on Xanthopan morgani predicta, or hawk moth, a large moth only found in Madagascar. Charles Darwin surmised its existence when he found a certain orchid with a strange shaped coil.
However this vector insect with a spur which matches exactly to the shape of the coil was only di...

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Humpback's Family Ties

The sea off the kingdom of Tonga is a home to humpback whales during winter. Its warm water attracts many pods as the perfect place for mating and calving.
Here, the males with their massive bodies over 30 tons dash against each other to compete and win the courtship of a female, while a mother wh...

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King of the Prairie: Bison

In the middle of the North American continent, across a prairie stretching 3,000 kilometers from north to south, live the awesome American bison. Also known as the buffalo, these impressive animals are familiar to many from old western movies.
Although some 60 million bison once dominated the prair...

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Rainforest Warriors: Army Ants

Hordes of tiny terrors march through the rainforest: they are army ants. Known as the most feared animals in the equatorial forests of Ecuador, they hack and dice any unfortunate prey that gets in their path and bring the remains back to their nest.
When they wipe out all food sources around the ne...

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The Riddle of Monkey Kingdom

Manu National Park, Peru, which holds 13 species of monkeys among the various types of Amazonian fauna, is praised as a monkey kingdom.
Deep in its jungles is a strange open spot about 20 meters in diameter where a peculiar behavior of monkeys can be observed. The monkeys spend a majority of their...

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Wilderness in Japan: Hokkaido Red Fox

A surprising and heartwarming tale of survival. The story takes place in the vast northern land near the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk in eastern Hokkaido. Taking center stage are two mother Hokkaido red foxes caring for 10 pups. The mothers, who are in fact mother and daughter, each use their strengt...

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WILDLIFE

The nature series, WILDLIFE has been acclaimed by TV broadcasters around the world. The latest episodes are now available. Never-before-seen aspects of the world's wildlife have been captured as a result of tenacious long-term investigation using the most advanced video equipment. Viewers will be en...

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A Bengal Tiger's Motherly Love

Bengal tigers living in the forests of India are rarely seen, but we succeeded in filming a female tiger called Machali raising her cubs. Although known for their fierce nature, we witnessed an incredible affection of the mother tiger for her cubs. We also found a strict hierarchy exists among the l...

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A Bird That Flies through Water -- Atlantic Puffin, Iceland

The Atlantic puffin, often called "clown of the ocean". Their comical appearance is heightened by their orange and yellow bill and triangular markings around the eye. Despite being birds, they are hopeless at landing. In fact, they are often seen carelessly landing on top of each other. However, onc...

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A Bird That's Crazy About Wasps -- Honey Buzzard, Japan

During summer, the migrant honey buzzards raise their young in the forests of Japan. This predatory bird of the hawk family has been said to feed mainly on nests of wasps which they dig out from the ground. Unfortunately, very little footage existed of them actually in action. However, for the first...

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A Fish That Looks Like a Rock -- Fourspine Sculpin, Japan

The fourspine sculpin live in the Koza river, one of the clearest rivers in Japan. Master of disguise, these fish camouflage as rocks to capture prey by ambush. There is also an interesting saying about this species: "they catch sweetfish with the spines on their gill cover." This episode features t...

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A Fish That Shoots -- Archerfish, Palau

Discover the world of the ultimate underwater archer, the archerfish.Squirting water with their mouths, the archerfish shoot down grasshoppers and mantises resting on branches. With lightning speed, they never miss their target. They can shoot more than 10 times in a row, and even leap out of the wa...

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Breeding Equation

Every summer, the Antarctic island of South Georgia hosts two million King Penguins and four million Antarctic fur seals. Despite the severe environment, the two species enjoy great success with their highly distinctive breeding strategies. The King Penguins mate in couples each year and spend the e...

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Chimps: Kalunde the Kingmaker

The Elders. Using their wisdom and social skills, they maintain their authority despite their old age. The latest research in the East African nation of Tanzania reveals that these are attributes of the Elders of the Chimpanzees.
A research team from Kyoto University, Japan, which has been observin...

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Corals in Distress

The latest research has revealed that the coral reefs play a major role in regulating the global climate by absorbing carbon dioxide. But these precious natural features are now endangered on a global scale. In the past 50 years, coral reefs have shrunk globally by 20%. At present, some 50% are faci...

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Corals in Distress: Australia's Great Barrier Reef

The largest coral reef in the world, Australia's Great Barrier Reef is home to 350 of the globe's 500 types of coral. But it has been greatly damaged by the phenomenon of coral bleaching, and by a drastic increase in the number of crown-of-thorns starfish. Conservation efforts include the expansion ...

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Corals in Distress: Belize & the Caribbean

Belize is known as a Caribbean paradise. It is custodian of the Atlantic's largest coral reefs, together with the more than 500 species that inhabit them. Ironically, their very popularity with divers now poses a threat to the reefs' existence. Hotel construction nearby is also having an adverse env...

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Corals in Distress: The Maldives & the Indian Ocean

The Maldives depend greatly on revenue from tourism. The coral reefs are thus a precious source of foreign exchange for the islands. However, the benefits extend beyond the tourist industry. The reefs are also valuable as natural breakwaters protecting the islands from tsunami. Here the threat to th...

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Fabulous Fish of the Wrecks

The Yongala, a luxury liner which was hit by a storm and sunk about 10 decades ago, now lies at the bottom of the sea in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The ship has become paradise for marine life with distinct ecosystems and the beauty of the site is beyond comparison. The Queensland grouper ...

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Fish Springing from Sand Dunes -- Lencois, Brazil

Lencois, located in northeastern Brazil, is known as the whitest dunes on earth. However, when the rain comes every half year, this scenery of pure white sand stretching over 150 thousand hectares completely changes. Countless lagoons are formed, creating a startling contrast between the white sand ...

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Galapagos: The Endangered Paradise

The Galapagos Islands: the first natural wonder on Earth to have been designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The archipelago's 19 islands and dozens of smaller islets and rocks comprise a treasure house of living creatures, many of them unique to the Galapagos. Now this paradise is in danger. A...

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Journeys to Unknown Islands

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Kalahari Tails

In the Kalahari Desert in South Africa, cape ground squirrels live in family groups in underground burrows. The cape ground squirrel is about 20cm long, and its characteristic bushy tail can be as big as its body. When they are above ground, they spread out their bushy tails just like parasols, help...

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Mammal Mia!

A fun, fact-filled guide to the world of mammals for kids!
There are about 5,000 species of mammals worldwide, including us humans. All have developed unique bodies and skills to survive in the wild -- a result of adapting to the natural environment and climate. A CG-generated Granddad character tr...

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Mystery of White Dunes

Lençóis National Park in Brazil is called the "whitest spot on earth." The reason is white sand dunes stretched in geometric patterns as far as the eye can see. But when the rains come, the scenery completely changes. In a flash, countless ponds are formed. The startling contrast between the white s...

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Nature Wonder Land III

Hidden in nature lie many astonishing tales one is tempted to call myths.
The Nature Wonder Land series has revealed many such truths. In this third collection, new characters take the stage: the Hippopotamuses of Tanzania, as many as 1,200 gathering in one place at one time; the innocent-looking,...

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Phantoms of the Plateau

Brazil's Cerrado Plateau where rare species like anteaters, armadillos, and maned wolf inhabit. However it is jaguars that stand at the top of the ecosystem. Creeping up on its prey from behind like a silent ghost before seizing it, the jaguar is worshipped as a god by the local people living in the...

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Rulers of the Sky

Once on the brink of extinction, Goshawks are now increasing even in the countryside close to Tokyo as the environment recovers. With a wingspan of over a meter, they can streak across the sky at 80 kilometers per hour, capturing doves, ducks, and other birds in the air. Now the thrilling moments of...

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Satoyama: Japan's Secret Forest

In Japan, there are still many places where people quietly live with nature, making the most of the country's unique natural environments. At the heart of such places are Satoyama, small forested mountains blessed with rich nature moderately modified by human hand.
Praised as being a traditional ru...

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The Bee Bird -- Hummingbird, Costa Rica

"Jewel of the Jungle" -- the hummingbird has earned this name due to its shimmering feathers. Called the "bee bird" in Japanese, these living jewels share many characteristics with the bee. They feed on the nectar of flowers and generate a bee-like hum when hovering around a flower.With the latest s...

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The Discovery Expedition

An amazing expedition to Japan's final frontier revealed a host of biological secrets. Situated 1,300 kilometers south of Japan's main island of Honshu, the Minami-iwo Jima is an uninhabited island surrounded by steep cliffs. Not only is tourism prohibited, even research visits by scientists are str...

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The Easy Life at the Equator -- Chameleon, Kenya

The central highlands of Kenya right on the equator. In the cool forests of 2000-meter high mountains, Jackson chameleons with three enormous horns make it their habitat. With lightning speed, they shoot out their 30-centimeter tongue to catch a prey. However, every other move they make is extremely...

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The Goblin Shark

Far beneath Tokyo Bay lies a giant ravine: the Tokyo Submarine Canyon, 1,000 meters deep and 40 kilometers long. In these isolated depths, underwater life-forms have maintained their ancient shapes and characteristics.
Scientists have been pursuing one such creature in particular, known in the West...

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The Great Wallower -- Hippopotamus, Tanzania

At the Katavi National Park in Tanzania, the river dries up during dry season, and pods of hippos jostle for wallowing space in the shrinking pools. Up to 1,200 individuals gather at the largest pool. This is in fact the greatest concentration of hippos assembled in a single location. And for the fi...

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The Mystery Bird

Birojima is a small, uninhabited island in Japan. Every spring, the island becomes a breeding ground for the Crested murrelet, a mysterious bird that looks like a small penguin. In the middle of the night, chicks just out of the egg tumble down cliffs as high as 50 meters, heading for the sea. Can t...

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The Scorpion Hunter -- Meerkat, South Africa

Meerkats live in large families in the deserts of Africa. These innocent-looking animals actually mainly feed on scorpions. Recent studies have shown that the adults "educate" their young on how to hunt. The pups are given a series of assignments with gradually increasing levels of difficulty. This ...

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The Seafarer -- Kerama Deer, Japan

The Kerama Islands, located in the Pacific Ocean in the southwest of Japan are home to a natural monument, the Kerama deer. Surprisingly, these deer are excellent swimmers and swim between islands. Unfortunately, due to fast currents, some drown before making it to dry land. Why do they risk their l...

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The Sure Shot of the Savannah -- Serval, Tanzania

With their characteristic large ears, the servals are a species of the wild cat family found in the African savannah. Using their ears, they detect the ultrasound their prey emits. Once they lock on the target, they leap into the air and pounce on their prey. They can jump up to 2 meters in the air ...

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The White Black Bear -- American Black Bear, Canada

The American black bear is characterized by its black coat.But in Gribble Island in Canada, rare white black bears have been sighted.Normally, white animals are vulnerable in the forest because they are more visible to their predators. However, these white black bears are an exception. Not only are ...

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Wild Secrets VI

NHK's best-selling nature series Wild Secrets is now available from series I to VI.
Join the Wild Secrets team equipped with high-definition cameras on a global expedition featuring fascinating creatures and the hidden beauty of nature. From grassy plains and remote jungles to the bottom of the sea...

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200-year Old Tortoise -- Giant Tortoise, Galapagos

Think of the Galapagos Islands and the giant elephant tortoises come to mind. Weighing up to 200 kilograms and living up to an estimated 200 years of age, they have managed to evolve in different ways to adapt to their environment. However, of the 11 species of elephant tortoises, one species is nea...

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7 Million Flock to the Desert's End -- Seabirds, The Sahara

Africa's Sahara Desert is the biggest desert in the world. At the edge of this desert there is an unusual island to which great flocks of birds from all over the world migrate. Seven million birds of 100 species, including exotic birds like flamingos, gather there. In the harsh desert, where neither...

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A Living Dinosaur -- Komodo Dragon, Indonesia

Growing to three meters in length and 100 kilograms in weight, the Komodo dragon, which inhabits the island of Komodo and other islands of sub-equatorial Indonesia, is the world's largest lizard. With their thick protective skin, Komodo dragons are just like dinosaurs, and they hunt wildlife such as...

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Aye-aye, It's a Monkey! -- Aye-aye, Madagascar

The Aye-ayes live deep in the forests of Madagascar, and until now, the activities and daily life of these nocturnal primates have been wrapped in mystery. Using ultra-sensitive high-definition cameras, NHK's cameramen provide a rare glimpse of these intriguing animals. It's truly amazing to see the...

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Battle in the North -- Fox vs. Geese, Canada

In April, Canadian geese migrate to the estuary of the Churchill River where it flows into the Hudson Bay in the northern part of Canada. During the short summer season, they lay their eggs and raise their chicks, but these eggs and chicks are the targets of red foxes. Also on Russia's Wrangel Islan...

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Chicks' Free-fall Adventure -- Crested Murrelet, Japan

Looking a little like small penguins, crested murrelets are sea birds. The day after they are hatched, murrelet chicks already begin the process of leaving their nests. Indeed they face a great challenge: in the middle of the night, they are forced to fling themselves, rolling and falling, off a 50-...

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Elephants and Humans: Eternal Fellowship -- Elephant, Myanmar

The first reporting by television cameras in the inner reaches of Myanmar captures the lives of elephants working with humans to clear forests. Covering a very wide area, the elephants with their trainers traverse the steep hills of the dense forests. When their work is finished, the elephants retur...

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Elephants Having Tales to Tell

Recent studies are showing that elephants produce various sounds to communicate with one another. Elephant expert Dr. Joyce Poole discovered that elephants use over 70 different types of vocalization. They even use infrasound that is below human hearing. A "sound camera" that can visualize infrasoni...

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Fish's Aerial War -- Mudskipper, Japan

Related to gobies, mudskippers inhabit the largest tidelands in Japan and grow to a length of 20 centimeters. Although they are fish, they hardly ever swim, instead preferring to spend their time out of the water and crawling around on land. When two rival mudskippers meet close up, they will sudden...

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King of the Wolves

Lobo is the leader of a pack of wolves that preys on livestock on ranches in northern New Mexico. The ranch owners try to shoot or trap Lobo, but he is too clever to be caught. Agreeing to a request from the ranchers, Seton first captures Lobo's beloved Blanca, and using her as a decoy, he succeeds ...

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Kingfishers: Elusive and Graceful

The kingfisher lives in the clear mountain stream habitats of Japan. From its bright colors and intrepid figure, the kingfisher is known as the prince of the mountain streams. Three types of this species live around Chitose River in Hokkaido. One is the Kingfisher, with its orange-colored stomach an...

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Life in Harmony with Nature

Imagine a place where centuries of human activity have shaped the land, yet where people and nature exist in harmony. People in such places have transformed the land to fit their needs but have also carefully maintained nature. This human-shaped environment offers a unique habitat that supports a mu...

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Life in Harmony with Nature: Bamboo Forest -- Yunnan Province, China

Imagine a place where centuries of human activity have shaped the land, yet where people and nature exist in harmony. People in such places have transformed the land to fit their needs but have also carefully maintained nature. This human-shaped environment offers a unique habitat that supports a mu...

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Life in Harmony with Nature: Secrets of the Forest -- Finland

Imagine a place where centuries of human activity have shaped the land, yet where people and nature exist in harmony. People in such places have transformed the land to fit their needs but have also carefully maintained nature. This human-shaped environment offers a unique habitat that supports a mu...

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Life in Harmony with Nature: Wetland Meadows -- Poland

Imagine a place where centuries of human activity have shaped the land, yet where people and nature exist in harmony. People in such places have transformed the land to fit their needs but have also carefully maintained nature. This human-shaped environment offers a unique habitat that supports a mu...

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Lizard Dashing on Water -- Basilisk, Costa Rica

Living in the jungles of Costa Rica, the basilisk lizards, which reach around 80 centimeters in length, have the amazing ability to run on the surface of water with their two hind feet. To capture this feat, NHK used an ultra-high-speed camera that can take pictures at one-millionth of a second. You...

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Long Live Grandma Hippo

One zoo in Japan is home to a special hippopotamus that has been loved by patrons for over half a century. At 55, Deka is the world's second oldest hippo in captivity. "Deka" in Japanese means huge. Everyone who visits the zoo calls her "Grandma Deka." The secret of her longevity is her hearty appet...

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Macro-evolution of Small Birds -- Darwin's Finches, Galapagos

Darwin's finches, the small birds that live on the Galapagos Islands, are remarkable for the many changes that the size and shape of their beaks have undergone. Seeing these birds in the middle of the 19th century helped Darwin develop his theory of evolution, which maintained that the "sizes and sh...

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Major 17-year Outbreak -- Cicadas, The USA

In May 2007, some widely reported news had all of America talking when huge swarms of cicadas suddenly blanketed the sky over a residential area of Chicago. A reported seven billion cicadas had appeared. Cicadas have the unusual habit of showing themselves in great numbers like this only once every ...

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Nature Wonder Land II

The second series of Nature Wonder Land is released with a new line-up of programs on wildlife the entire family can enjoy. From the Sahara Desert, the Baja California Peninsula, Madagascar, the Galapagos Islands, and elsewhere, the series captures the unique habitats of animals around the world. Fe...

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Panda Breeding Diary

In the 1970s it was feared that panda bears would one day go extinct, but now the number of pandas has rebounded to around 1,600. Measures saving the pandas have been the establishment of protected natural habitats for pandas and the success of artificial reproduction. The China Research and Conserv...

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Protectress of the Cuban Sea

Cuba is surrounded by beautiful sea often referred to as the last unexplored wilderness on earth, in which coral reefs stretch for many kilometers, providing a rich habitat for numerous endangered species of fish. But due to the development along the coast, the sea's beauty, as well as the existence...

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Seton's Wild Animals

Ernest Thompson Seton was a Scoto-Canadian novelist and painter who loved wildlife. He is also known for founding the Boy Scouts of America. He wrote many wildlife novels that captured readers' imaginations with their dramatic plots and precise observations of nature. Seton's Wild Animals pictoriali...

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The Golden Crown Rules

The Serengeti National Park, Tanzania -- following the death of the "Lion King," the 40 lions left in the pride are thrown into a state of confusion. Mother lions leave with their cubs because when the successor is selected, the new king will kill the offspring of the previous king. The remaining fe...

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The Legend of Wahb

Wahb was a silvertip grizzly bear born in the Rocky Mountains. When Wahb was a cub, his mother was shot by a hunter, and he ended up growing up alone. Because of his inherent hatred toward others, as he grew older, Wahb attacked many humans and livestock, and he became feared as a ferocious beast. O...

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The Monster of the Sea

Underwater photographer Ikuo Nakamura has been photographing the seas around Japan for over 40 years. One of his life's goals has been to capture on camera one particular giant fish -- the Asian sheepshead wrasse. This over one meter in length fish with large protrusions commands the sea with its im...

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The Mysterious Black Rabbits

Surrounded by sub-tropical trees and coral reefs, Amami-Oshima is a southern Japanese island richly endowed with nature. The island's flora and fauna have uniquely evolved, creating a distinctive eco-system that still remains today. One of the island's endemic denizens is the black Amami rabbit, kno...

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Tokyo Bay: A Secret World Unfolding

30 million people live in greater Tokyo, and nestled within this vast megalopolis is Tokyo Bay. Factories, buildings, expressways, and other human artifacts crowd the edge of the bay. It was once called a Sea of Death because of the pollution runoff from the factories. However due to heightened envi...

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Tool-using Monkeys -- Tufted Capuchin, Brazil

"One of the greatest discoveries of the century" that overturned the common wisdom about monkeys up to then was made in a dry zone of Brazil. Tufted capuchin monkeys were discovered using stones as tools to break open coconuts. They evolved this behavior in order to survive in the dry zone, where fo...

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Whales in Shallow Waters -- Gray Whale, Mexico

Every winter, hundreds of gray whales, which grow to a length of 15 meters and a weight of 35 tons, visit the waters off the Baja California peninsula, where they engage in some odd behavior. When the tide goes out, they congregate en masse in shallow waters only two meters deep, digging their heads...

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Wild Secrets V

Join the Wild Secrets team equipped with high-definition cameras on a global expedition featuring fascinating creatures and the hidden beauty of nature. From grassy plains and remote jungles to the bottom of the sea, this highly acclaimed wildlife documentary series reveals the struggle to survive n...

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Arjin: Tibetan Secret Land

China's Arjin Reserve -- "arjin" means gold in Uighur -- located at the northern edge of the Tibetan Plateau is China's largest nature preserve and one of the least explored regions in the world. Only several families of nomads live in the vast area. Closed to foreigners until only recently, few hav...

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Cotswolds: England's Spiritual Home

Two hundred kilometers west from London is an area of rolling hills set within a picture-perfect setting where many English people dream to live. The area is called Cotswolds. It is filled with gently-sloping green pastures and meadows, honey-colored houses made of limestone, lovingly-maintained gar...

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Death Valley

Shielded on all sides by lofty mountain ranges lies spectacular, forbidden and inhospitable Death Valley -- wracked by thirst but shaped by water: mangled and torn by nature's supreme forces. This lyrical and majestic hour long documentary will show how species survive, and even thrive, through four...

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Do Animals Talk? -- African Elephants, Africa

African elephants inhabit the vast African savanna. According to recent research, elephants converse much like humans. They put several "words" together and convey nuanced messages by using infrasound that is too low to be heard by the human ear. During the dry season, when food and water become sca...

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Eco-life in the Trees -- Russian Flying Squirrel, Japan

The Russian Flying Squirrel is about 15 centimeters long, weighs around 100 grams. It glides from tree to tree using a membrane that stretches between the front and back legs. For this ability to glide, the Russian Flying Squirrel has developed an "energy-saving method of movement" that does not req...

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Emperors of the North -- Polar bears, Arctic Ocean

Polar bears live their entire lives in the bitter cold -- temperatures sometimes dropping to 40 degrees Celsius below freezing -- of the Arctic Ocean without ever hibernating. Roaming across the ice fields, they catch seals and other animals for food. Their most special skill is swimming. The sight ...

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Fateful Journey of the Golden Butterfly -- Monarch Butterflies, Middle-Mexico

Once a year, hundreds of millions of Monarch butterflies gather en masse in forests in central Mexico. They form these huge groups to pass the winter in the warmth of Mexico. When spring comes, they begin their migration to northeastern Canada, 3,500 kilometers away. On their way, they lay their egg...

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Flash Dance! -- Banded Blue Sprat, Japan

Found in western Japan, the banded blue sprat is a small fish, only about ten centimeters in length. At the beginning of summer every year, millions of these fish are said to appear and spawn in great numbers. Yet exactly when, where, and how does this mass spawning occur? NHK's cameras followed the...

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Giant Plant Blooming Once a Century -- Puya Raimondii, Peru

Living at 4,000 meters above sea level in the desolate reaches of the Peruvian Andes, the Puya raimondii is the world's largest alpine plant, growing to a height of ten meters. Its leaves grow in the form of a dense, rounded rosette with a diameter of four meters. But in the summer, they show a tota...

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Giant Whales Roaming the Seas -- Sperm Whales, Japan

Sperm whales are the only whale species that chooses to live in the deep sea. Descending to depths of 3,000 meters, sperm whales spend two-thirds of their lives deep in the dark abyss of the sea. Their objective is to catch giant squid for food. Because the structure of their bodies is adapted to li...

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Hercules: The King of Beetles

Deep in the primeval forests of the Andean country of Ecuador exist the world's largest Hercules beetles and the heaviest elephant beetles. The 18-centimeter-long Hercules beetle is amazingly strong. These beetles are normally brown, but when they catch light, they turn yellowish, and some even beco...

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Magnificent Wings in the Sky -- Golden Eagle, Japan

With only 400 of the species remaining, Japan's most powerful bird of prey, the Golden Eagle, is threatened with extinction. Over a one-year period, NHK's cameramen succeeded in photographing a pair of Golden Eagle raising their young, which is difficult to observe, even from afar. The young eagle, ...

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Mountain Foot Deep in the Sea

Firefly squids illuminate the blackness. A sea forest stands just as it has for the past 10,000 years.Rarely seen deep sea creatures stare back from the darkness. This mysterious world is located in a secluded stretch of the Japan Sea. 3,000-meter-high mountains suddenly drop to 1,000 meters below t...

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Mt.Fuji: A Visual Poem

At 3,776 m high, Mt. Fuji is Japan's highest mountain. With nothing comparable surrounding it, the beautifully shaped Mount Fuji towers in splendid isolation and has become the symbol of Japan. But do you know the real beauty of Mount Fuji? NHK knows Mt. Fuji as well as anyone. Masterfully capturing...

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Mysterious Giant Trees

In a mysterious region isolated in the Waga mountains in northern Japan, many huge trees that are hundreds of years old still stand. Surviving the heat of summer and the snows of winter, these trees are in a constant struggle to get enough water and light. Gnarled and twisted into fantastic shapes, ...

  • Nature

Nature Wonder Land I

Whales that can dive 3,000 meters down to the depths of the sea. The world's smallest monkeys using wits to survive in the Amazon, which no other monkeys have. Polar bears that run wild in the world's most frigid regions. There are many such surprising stories of these "legends" found in nature. Eac...

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Odzala: The Last Sanctuary of Gorillas

Little is still known about the Western Lowland Gorilla living in African rainforests. Wildlife photographer Bruce Davidson attempts to unravel the mystery behind these mammals as he follows them over a span of three years. In the forests are damp clearings called "bai" where gorillas feed on aquati...

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Search for the Big-city Raccoon Dogs -- Raccoon Dogs, Japan

Spottings of raccoon dogs occur fairly regularly in Tokyo. Moreover, it turns out that railroad tracks are actually indispensable for these urban raccoon dogs' daily life. A parent raccoon dog skillfully uses the tracks to collect food to feed its lovely baby raccoon dogs, which are finally able to ...

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Spectacular Leap of an Ancient Fish -- Arowana, Amazon

Growing to one meter in length, Arowana have lived in the Amazon for over 100 million years with hardly any changes in their anatomy. Amazingly, they can explode out of the water and leap high in the air with tremendous energy. This episode thoroughly analyzes the surprising mechanism propelling the...

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Startling Underground Life -- Moles, Japan

Moles make pitch-black underground tunnels and crevices their homes. Although everyone knows what a mole is, almost no one knows anything about how they live. Using special cameras, NHK's cameramen capture the astonishing behavior of moles -- from their fierce battles among themselves to their escap...

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Super Small Clever Monkeys -- Pygmy Marmosets, Amazon

Living along the upper reaches of the Amazon River, pygmy marmosets are the smallest monkey species, weighing only about 120 grams and measuring around 14 centimeters in length. But they possess a cleverness -- and a patience -- that no other monkeys can imitate. Their food of choice is tree sap. Af...

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The Big Blue

Journey to Australia's southern ocean and uncover one of its best-kept secrets -- a natural phenomenon called the "Bonney Upwelling" that sparks a feeding frenzy all the way up the food chain to the planet's largest living creature, the Blue Whale. With a heart the size of a Volkswagen, a tongue tha...

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The Power of Honey -- Japanese Honeybees, Japan

Building their hives in the hollows of tree in forests and groves, Japanese honeybees live in huge colonies of 20,000 bees. During one year, one colony stores up to five kilograms of honey in its hive. Why do they produce so much honey? The answer lies in an astonishing survival strategy that allows...

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Underwater Surprises in Papua New Guinea

Off the coast of Papua New Guinea where numerous new species of sea creatures have been discovered, a never-before-seen species of fish showing mysterious behaviors has recently been found. It is called the "convict fish." The adults do not leave the nest holes built in the seafloor, but in the morn...

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The Last Leopard

Bigger than others of their species, the beautifully furred Amur leopards also live farther north, in eastern Siberia. But due to indiscriminate hunting and poaching and a lack of food, their numbers have decreased drastically. Pushed to the edge of extinction, only 30 Amur leopards remain in the wi...

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LIFE FORCE Series II

LIFE FORCE 2 is a six-part series that follows the daily lives of a cast of surprising animals found in six global evolutionary "hot spots." Each episode unravels the compelling scientific mysteries behind how these animals have overcome the barriers to their survival and focuses on each animal's sp...

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Life Under Giant Whirlpools: Saltstraumen

The west coast of Norway is made up of fjords, which are known for their unique configurations and terrain. In the northern fjords, swirling currents reach speeds of 50 kilometers per hour - some of the fastest and strongest in the world. In these violent waters, a variety of creatures live. Jellyfi...

  • Comedy
  • For Children

Ninja Boy Rantaro 9th, 10th, 19th and 20th series (Japanese Title: Ninja Boy Rantaro 9th, 10th, 19th and 20th series (Japanese Title: 忍たま乱太郎 海外向け 第9、10、19および20シリーズ)

Original story by Sobei Amako’s long selling comics “Rakudai Ninja Rantaro”. This long TV animation series has been aired on NHK since 1993 and is always highly viewed children’s animations on NHK ever since.

This is the story of the Ninja-boy-and-girl-to-be, but is not too serious and rather ve...

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Rhapsodies of Mt. Fuji

The majesty of Mt. Fuji as the symbol of Japan has long been displayed in its beauty through the four seasons. Filmed from different perspectives, this new look at Mt. Fuji presents a visual musical poem of Mt. Fuji's unchanging charm.

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Safe Haven: Iguazu Falls

The mighty Iguazu Falls form the border between Argentina and Brazil. Battling storm-like winds and sprays of water, thousands of Great Dusky Swifts rush towards the falls. These swallow-like birds can fly up to 170 kilometers an hour, making them the fastest birds in the world. Even at that speed, ...

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The Fisher-monster -- Alligator Snapping Turtle, U.S.A.

Okefenokee Swamp straddles the Georgia-Florida border in the United States. Here lives the alligator snapping turtle. Their carapace can grow up to 80 centimeters long and they can weigh up to 100 kilograms. They're one of the largest freshwater turtles in the world. Also known as adept fishers, the...

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Aurora: Canada's Light Spectacular

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  • Entertainment

Good Night Japan ZZZ…

A midnight program that puts the nation to sleep!

This is an unconventional, counter-intuitive television program, which aims to make viewers sleepy. It's a live talk show, where viewers write and telephone in about what they have on their minds and celebrities discuss these things in the studio....

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Happy Surprise !

This documentary style format portrays human bonds and emotions by helping people to create a special surprise for someone they care about. The key to the success of the surprise is a fake documentary to deceive the target. The deception is carefully designed to generate the greatest emotional impac...

I'll Still Love You Ten Years from Now

Have you ever wished you could change your past? Rika has no luck with men. She even has a suspicious man lurking around. The man suddenly claims that he is her future husband Hiroshi, who has time-slipped back from 10 years in the future to prevent their marriage! But the future Hiroshi bumbles his...

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  • Romance

Love Exam

With advice columns and matchmaking services so commonplace, why is it so hard to forge a successful relationship? This romantic comedy series follows the love lives of four lonely individuals, each of whom has personal issues to overcome before finding true love.

One episode depicts a self-confi...

  • Science

Monster Black Holes -- The Invisible Hands of the Universe

Monster black holes contain several million to ten billion times the mass of our Sun. They've been discovered in the center of many galaxies, each with their own hundreds of billions of stars. Observations have shown that the mass of monster black holes stands in proportion to the mass of their gala...

  • Science

Signals from Outer Space?

Were "little green men" trying to contact us? Over 40 years ago, extremely constant pulses were detected reaching the Earth from outer space. It caused a great sensation. Speculation was that the signals were coming from intelligent life somewhere in outer space. Scientists conducted careful investi...