“As long as they are remembered, the dead live on…urging us to live life to the full.”

Barakan Discovers TOHOKU

  • Japan expert Peter Barakan explores views on life and death prevalent in the country's northeast
  • Stunning time-lapse images capture the region's unique landscape
  • Developed from popular NHK WORLD-JAPAN series Japanology Plus

Almost immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, people in the Tohoku region started talking about encounters with ghosts. The region's culture and history may account for the reports. The area has experienced countless disasters and famines, claiming tens of thousands of lives. Over time, the spirits of the deceased have come to be perceived as a lingering and comforting presence. Host Peter Barakan learns how the spirits of lost loved ones can serve as a source of strength for people in Tohoku.

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