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Yamaguchi: Landscapes and Their Stories
Journeys in Japan
12m 17s

Broadcast on September 24, 2020
Available until October 8, 2021

Yamaguchi Prefecture lies in the far west of Japan's main island, Honshu. It has numerous landscapes that are unlike any other part of Japan: an underground cave system with intricate stalactites and stalagmites; a tiny island where the village boasts traditional walls of stone and plaster; and many more. American actor Charles Glover visits Yamaguchi to take in these magnificent, distinctive views and to discover the stories that underlie them. (This program was broadcast on September 10, 2020.)

photo Actor Charles Glover photo "Akiyoshidai Quasi-National Park" Located in the inland city of Mine, this park features the biggest karst tableland in all of Japan. Several hiking courses run through the bizarrely shaped limestone rocks. photo "Akiyoshido" One of the biggest limestone caves in Japan that lies 100 meters underground of Akiyoshidai. It is known for some amazing rock formations such as the "Hyakumaizara" pools -100 stepped, tray-like "plates." photo "Iwaishima Island" This small island in the Seto Inland Sea has a circumference of just 12 kilometers. It is known for its distinctive walls made from layers of stone alternating with pure white plaster. These walls were built to protect the local buildings against the fierce winds, especially during typhoons.