Deep Flowers II

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Deep Flowers II features floral artist Makoto Azuma, and is the sequel to Deep Flowers broadcast in June 2017 on NHK World. This time, we witness the artist at work during the making of two of his most radical exhibits. In the deserts of southwestern United States, Makoto showcases a floral arrangement sent aloft 30,000 meters into the stratosphere. A few months later off the coast of Japan, he plunges a bonsai and a bouquet into the deep ocean. Through these installations, the artist expresses the idea that the ephemeral beauty of flowers is as powerful as the lasting harshness of the environment. These projects were rife with technical challenges and took months to achieve. We also follow Makoto to India with his Hope Project, in which he randomly hands out free floral bouquets to people on the streets in exchange for nothing more than a smile.

Director Ophélie Giomataris
Location Japan
Duration 28 min.
Genre Art / Human Interest / Environment
Air Date (JST) Mon., Oct. 15, 2018 *rerun
Mon., Feb. 12, 2018 *rerun
Mon., Dec. 25, 2017

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Ophélie Giomataris

Ophélie Giomataris


Swiss-Greek videojournalist Ophélie Giomataris studied art history and journalism in Paris. She came to Japan in 2015 and directed several documentaries, including On the Haikyo Trail (2016) and Deep Flowers (2017) for NHK World’s Inside Lens. She has also filed many reports for French television networks on social themes in Japan and the war on drugs in the Philippines.

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