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Hosted by Peter Barakan, this program explores many aspects of Japan, both traditional and contemporary: arts, sports, entertainment, food, technology, nature, etc.

Peter Barakan, Broadcaster

Born in London in 1951, Peter earned a degree in Japanese from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies. An expert on diverse forms of popular music, Peter is also a well-known TV and radio presenter. He has lived in Japan for 40 years and has a deep understanding of the language and culture.

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Sun.23:30 - 0:00
Mon.5:30 - 6:00
11:30 - 12:00
17:30 - 18:00

Oct. 5, Sun.*This program was first broadcast on Oct. 3, 2013

Women's Nylons

About 70% of Japanese women say they regularly wear nylons - typically called tights in the UK and pantyhose in the US. Japanese nylons come in a vast range of styles and designs, and 150 million pairs are made each year. The technology behind them is now being applied to revolutionary artificial blood vessels. On this edition of BEGIN Japanology, our theme is women's nylons. We'll explore the lengths to which Japanese women go to make their legs look stylish, and the cultural history behind it.

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