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Published on Feb 11, 2013
Explore the overlooked treasures of Japan's local and rural areas by examining the beautiful nation through the eyes of its people. Join series navigator Justin Potts as he focuses in on the people, their lives, and the local cultures - from food to festivals and everything in between - taking you on a journey that lets the wonder of the nation speak for itself.
Episode 1: For this special first episode, Justin travels to Sado Island, located off the coast of Niigata, in order to search out the real meaning and true significance of Japan's beloved "festivals" (known as, "masturi"). Along the way he also visits local fishing villages, scavenges for snacks and sake, discovers why it is that there are so many "Noh" stages in Sado, and just plain enjoys island life.
Produced by: umari Inc. Video Production by: my Japan
Filmed and Edited by: Tatsuya Ino
In cooperation with: Sado Tourism Association Niigata Visitors & Convention Bureau