10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki

10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki

Documentary 4episode
An exclusive 4-part documentary chronicling the creative process of the legendary Japanese filmmaker. He is shown as a passionate artisan, a steadfast trailblazer, and a father butting heads with his son.
100 CAMERAS

100 CAMERAS

Documentary 4episode
Each episode of this documentary series focuses on a different place of interest. One hundred cameras are installed and left to record, showcasing the habits and behavior of the people they capture. Without the presence of a camera crew, the subjects gradually begin to share glimpses into their lives, and we receive an unobstructed window into personal conversations and real-life events.
100 Ideas to Save the World

100 Ideas to Save the World

Current Affairs 25episode
Be inspired! Introducing 100 passionate stories of efforts and innovations that pave the way towards the UN's 17 SDGs. From the treasure trove of NHK WORLD-JAPAN's rich content library.
3-Day Dare*Devils

3-Day Dare*Devils

Entertainment 5episode
In this new entertainment-type documentary, challengers from Asian countries come all the way to Japan and go through difficult experiences for just 3 days. By seeing the challenger's struggles, you will come to understand the enthusiasm of the Japanese and what they value. Through the eyes of the daredevil, you'll discover another side of Japan you've never seen before.
3/11 - The Tsunami

3/11 - The Tsunami

Documentary 2episode
Witness the catastrophic turmoil caused by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in a two-part documentary covering the initial three days and the first year of the aftermath.
A Cat's-Eye View of Japan

A Cat's-Eye View of Japan

Globe-trotting wildlife photographer and filmmaker, Iwago Mitsuaki, offers the best of a vast collection of cat footage he took in Japan. On this unique trip around the country, discover the lesser-known charms and customs of regions through the eyes of cats!
A Culture Built with Wood

A Culture Built with Wood

Documentary 4episode
Forests cover close to 70 percent of Japan's land area. Japan's climate varies significantly from north to south, making it home to diverse forests. These forests have been an intrinsic part of Japanese culture since time immemorial.
A Director's War

A Director's War

Documentary 1episode
A Ukrainian television director living and working in Japan has turned the camera on herself during Russia's invasion. Follow her as she finds out how best to help her war-torn country.
A Fukushima Photo Album

A Fukushima Photo Album

Documentary 1episode
In Fukushima, an "Abukuma Romantic Road" photo contest was held in 2010, the year before the nuclear accident. We seek out the people behind the photos and discover how life has changed for them.
A Man Who Aligned Japan with the Nazis

A Man Who Aligned Japan with the Nazis

Documentary 1episode
NHK has unearthed tapes of Oshima Hiroshi, twice-ambassador to Germany, who worked behind the scenes to push Japan to join the Nazis alliance. We investigate how he misled Japan into war.
A Monk Who Wears Heels

A Monk Who Wears Heels

Kodo Nishimura: a Buddhist monk and LGBTQ+ activist. Building on his own experience of harnessing Buddhist teachings to overcome adversity, he works to raise awareness of sexual discrimination.
A Museum of Memories

A Museum of Memories

Documentary 1episode
The surviving curator of a museum, damaged in the March 2011 earthquake, unearths and restores over 400,000 displays from the debris. When the museum reopens, another miracle awaits.
A Nation Built on Trade: Japan in a Deglobalizing World

A Nation Built on Trade: Japan in a Deglobalizing World

Documentary 1episode
Rising geopolitical tensions are disrupting globally interconnected supply chains and ushering in a new era of protectionism. We examine Japan's struggle to adapt in an ever more unpredictable world.
A Treasured Creation

A Treasured Creation

There are many "Treasured Creations" made by exceptional artisans in Japan. This program portrays artisans who make traditional crafts, artistic or industrial products or luxury items. They use what the local climate offers them to create lifestyle products. Our camera will follow them to capture the process of how "Treasured Creations" are made.
ABU Robocon

ABU Robocon

Biz & Tech 2episode
Top young minds from different countries and territories gather for ABU Robocon 2023, showcasing innovative ideas and technical skills as their robots go head-to-head in a difficult ring toss game.
Activate Your Japanese!

Activate Your Japanese!

Learn Japanese 24episode
Learn how to make the most of your Japanese skills. Watch our drama that features useful communication strategies, our snappy videos about onomatopoeia, and our documentaries on workers from abroad in various parts of Japan.
AITAI! I Wanna See You

AITAI! I Wanna See You

Aitai project is using a song to unite us through our human desire to connect. Aitai! is to express the emotions of people missing their loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic.
Animation x Paralympic: Who Is Your Hero?

Animation x Paralympic: Who Is Your Hero?

Sports 25episode
A series of short animation works focusing on the Para-sport with the aim of delivering the appeal of the Paralympic Games and sport for athletes with an impairment.
ANIME MANGA EXPLOSION

ANIME MANGA EXPLOSION

Anime & Manga 13episode
The size of the Japanese animation market was 2,426 billion yen by 2020. More than half of that amount came from overseas sales. The manga market is also expanding, reaching 675.9 billion yen in 2021. Those unique visuals and stories from Japan have struck a chord with fans around the world and are growing into a huge industry. ANIME MANGA EXPLOSION will actively feature major works that are highly recognized by overseas fans and reveal the secrets of Japanese anime and manga creation through the series.
Another Story

Another Story

Documentary 4episode
From the tragedy of Japan Airlines Flight 123 to the return of Picasso's "Guernica" to its homeland, revisit milestones in modern history through firsthand accounts of those who played a crucial role in some of the most pivotal moments of our past.
Art is Our Voice

Art is Our Voice

Documentary 1episode
This summer,21 Ukrainian dancers from Kyiv's National Ballet toured 16 cities across Japan. Most sought refuge in Europe but the tour gave them a chance to reunite and dance in honor of their country.
Artists Against War

Artists Against War

Art & Design 5episode
What can artists do in time of war? This series conveys messages from Japanese artists in various fields in relation to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Asia Insight

Asia Insight

Documentary 148episode
Dynamic Asia. Stories behind the world's largest continent as it faces political, economic, cultural and technological change.
Asia's Appetizing Adventures

Asia's Appetizing Adventures

Food 4episode
Culinary specialist Kentetsu Koh travels across Asia in search of great home cooking and person-to-person encounters. Join him as he experiences a diversity of tastes and lifestyles throughout the region.
At Home in Kobe: Soccer Star Andrés Iniesta

At Home in Kobe: Soccer Star Andrés Iniesta

Documentary 1episode
For five years, soccer superstar Andres Iniesta lived in Kobe while playing for the local team, Vissel Kobe. Explore the city of Kobe and meet the people he came to love during his time here.
Aurá: Last Survivor of An Unknown Tribe

Aurá: Last Survivor of An Unknown Tribe

Documentary 1episode
In 1987, 2 indigenous men suddenly emerged from the Amazon rainforest. What happened to the tribe these men belonged to? A linguist begins to decode their language, revealing hints of their tragedy.
Barakan Discovers

Barakan Discovers

Documentary 8episode
Delve into the heart of Japan with Peter Barakan, a seasoned British broadcaster who has lived in Japan for fifty years. Join him on a captivating journey as he unveils the essence of Japan to global audiences through his travels around the country and intimate encounters with local people, history and culture. Along the way, Barakan discovers universal truths that illuminate our path into the future.
BENTO EXPO

BENTO EXPO

Bento connects the world! Discover a universe of bento from Japan and around the world, with step-by-step instructions and delicious tips and tricks!
BIZ STREAM

BIZ STREAM

Biz & Tech 200episode
This upbeat program combines business and economic news with in-depth feature stories that give you a closer look at the latest trends within Japan and around the world.
Blue Canyon

Blue Canyon

Science & Nature 2episode
This special program features the encounter with stunning canyon sceneries, using the 3D audio recorders for you to enjoy the realistic feeling and binaural sound of the valleys.
Braving the Himalayas: The Search for an Elixir

Braving the Himalayas: The Search for an Elixir

Documentary 1episode
Caterpillar fungus, a valuable substance which grows only high in the mountains, entices impoverished residents of Nepal to scale the snowy Himalayas to provide for their families.
Brightening their Twilight Years

Brightening their Twilight Years

A beautiful highland village is without a doctor. A retiring medical professor moves here to care for the aging residents, becoming close to them as he records their lives and deaths in photographs.
Broadcasters' Eye

Broadcasters' Eye

Documentary 24episode
NHK WORLD-JAPAN broadcasts English-language versions of outstanding programs produced by Japan's private broadcasting stations in a series called Broadcasters' Eye.
Carbon Farming: A Climate Solution Under Our Feet

Carbon Farming: A Climate Solution Under Our Feet

Documentary 1episode
Carbon farming, or regenerative agriculture, is a powerful solution to climate change! We visit experts, Gabe Brown in the US and farmers in Japan, to explore the hidden world of the soil ecosystem.
Chatroom Japan

Chatroom Japan

Chatroom Japan is a platform for NHK WORLD-JAPAN to engage with international residents in Japan. The public broadcaster aims to develop a new relationship with these viewers and, together, explore ways to make their lives better.
China's Highway of Beauty

China's Highway of Beauty

Documentary 1episode
China's Highway of Beauty, running through the Tianshan Mountains, reveals some of the country's most incredible natural scenery, among which diverse ethnicities of people enjoy traditional lives.
China's Road to Fortune or Peril

China's Road to Fortune or Peril

Documentary 1episode
Amidst an economic slowdown, China's freelance truck drivers risk their very lives to earn money traversing the road to Tibet, feared as the most dangerous in the country.
CINEMATIC JOURNEY

CINEMATIC JOURNEY

Science & Nature 4episode
Join our explorers as they pursue the cinematic beauty of Japan. Kyle Card hikes the newly designated long trail around majestic Mt. Fuji and discovers its secrets.
Climbing Japan

Climbing Japan

Autumn in Oku-Nikko. Join us on a climb to the summit of Mt. Nyoho (2,483m). The trail begins with 1,445 steps, followed by a long and difficult path with many ups and downs.
CO2 Journeys: Eco-conscious Travel Across Japan

CO2 Journeys: Eco-conscious Travel Across Japan

Documentary 1episode
Two students take a trip from Kyoto to Shiretoko in Hokkaido. But this trip of 1,250km has a limit on CO2 emissions-just 100kg! Join us on a journey that brings our environmental impact into focus.
Coastal Encounters

Coastal Encounters

A trip to Japan's coastline! A bird's-eye view means wondrous discoveries you can't see from land. When we find something, we go down and explore.
Confluence of Life

Confluence of Life

Art & Design 2episode
American artist Sarah Brayer, known for unique artworks using Japanese washi paper, has been given the chance to dedicate a piece at an old Kyoto temple. Watch as her spiritual journey begins.
Core Kyoto

Core Kyoto

Culture & Lifestyle 203episode
The timeless heart of Japan's ancient capital. Against its rich backdrop of culture and tradition, today's Kyoto continues to innovate and inspire.
Cross Cultural Documentaries from Asia

Cross Cultural Documentaries from Asia

Documentary 2episode
Southeast Asian filmmakers and local Japanese TV stations have collaborated on 2 documentaries that tell the stories of foreigners living in Japan. They capture details of their daily lives and their relationships with family back home.
Culture Crossroads

Culture Crossroads

Culture Crossroads comprises several regular programs with the theme of creating a multicultural society. They answer questions about Japan from foreign viewers, look at international exchange programs and give tips on disaster preparedness.
CYCLE AROUND JAPAN

CYCLE AROUND JAPAN

Travel 60episode
Come ride with us! Bicycle through the scenery of Japan, stay with locals and discover hidden traditions in a Japan you didn't know existed.
CYCLE AROUND JAPAN Highlights

CYCLE AROUND JAPAN Highlights

Travel 60episode
Selected highlights of CYCLE AROUND JAPAN! Bicycle through inspiring scenery, meet the locals and discover living traditions of a hidden Japan.
Danko&Danta, Cardboard Craft Creations!

Danko&Danta, Cardboard Craft Creations!

Art & Design 3episode
Cardboard can be found in every household. Light, sturdy and hands-on, cardboard is the "cut out" craft material to be used by families for fun! Join Danko, the cardboard girl, and Danta, the cardboard dog, and turn ordinary cardboard into wonderful figures and shapes that are found in everyday life.
Darwin's Amazing Animals

Darwin's Amazing Animals

Science & Nature 76episode
Rarely seen. Up-close with some of the planet's most amazing animals. Enter a world of unique creatures from Asia, Africa and the Americas.
Dear Detective from RAMPO with Love

Dear Detective from RAMPO with Love

Drama 4episode
At the beginning of the 20th century in Tokyo, the streets are rough, and the people yearn for a hero to emerge. Hirai Taro—who would later become the famed mystery writer Edogawa Rampo—harbors an intense admiration for foreign mystery writers, yet he is still an unknown author who is barely making ends meet by undertaking low-paying jobs. Despite bringing his manuscripts to newspaper publishers, Taro is completely ignored, until he meets Shirai Saburo, an elderly master detective full of humor and melancholy. His strength in the face of adversity impresses Taro, and in turn, Saburo is intrigued by Taro's eccentric ideas and moved by his boundless passion. The two form a partnership and embark on a journey into the world of detective work.
DEEPER LOOK

DEEPER LOOK

Current Affairs 122episode
A cutting-edge interview program from NHK WORLD-JAPAN's production team in New York. Covers the hot issue: from politics, economy, social matters, international situation or cultural topics.
DESIGN MUSEUM JAPAN

DESIGN MUSEUM JAPAN

Art & Design 10episode
Japanese design is world famous, but that's not because of expensive, stylish or modern products. It's because excellent design exists within the tools and habits of everyday life. In this 10-part series, leading creators visit different parts of the country to hear these unfamiliar stories, revealing rich and complex insights.
DESIGN TALKS plus

DESIGN TALKS plus

Art & Design 49episode
What is good design? And what is its power? From traditional to cutting edge, we explore Japanese designs that are literally shaping our lives.
DESIGN X STORIES

DESIGN X STORIES

Art & Design 26episode
Explore the rich legacy and evolution of diverse designs across Japan. DESIGN x STORIES digs into their origins and how they inspire creators today.
Diary of a Nun's Abundant Kitchen

Diary of a Nun's Abundant Kitchen

Documentary 1episode
A Buddhist nun lives in a mountain temple, in tune with the changing seasons and preparing vegetarian dishes for visitors from near and far. Together, they celebrate the simple things in life.
Digital Eye

Digital Eye

Documentary 7episode
"Digital Eye" is an investigative journalism program making full use of geospatial and open source data to seek the truth behind important social issues. The program will use satellite images, social-media analysis and other advanced investigative tools to take an in-depth look at issues.
Dining with the Chef

Dining with the Chef

Food 235episode
Traditional techniques and resourceful recipes! Chefs Saito and Rika, present their unique approaches to cooking delicious Japanese food.
Dining with the Chef Mini

Dining with the Chef Mini

Food 36episode
Dining with the Chef Mini introduces the techniques, ingredients and harmony of Japanese food recipes in just 5 minutes. Yu Hayami cooks alongside master chef Tatsuo Saito, while co-host Patrick Harlan cooks with chef Rika Yukimasa, to show viewers how to prepare delicious Japanese dishes at home.
Direct Talk

Direct Talk

Interview 583episode
Direct and in-depth. Interviews exploring the minds and motivations of the leaders, visionaries, artists and entrepreneurs who are changing our world.
Discharged by Death: Inside a Japanese Mental Hospital

Discharged by Death: Inside a Japanese Mental Hospital

Documentary 1episode
Exclusive video, sound recordings and patient records from a psychiatric hospital reveal rampant abuse and illegal restraints. Over a 10-year period, 78% of nearly 1,500 patients were "discharged by death."
Dive in Tokyo

Dive in Tokyo

Tokyo: where both tradition and the latest trends coexist. Join us on a journey to discover the real Tokyo as we dive into its historic old towns and encounter many fun surprises along the way.
Doctor's Insight

Doctor's Insight

Science & Nature 42episode
What's the secret behind Japan's high life expectancy? Top medical experts will introduce health tips that are easy to understand. Discover simple steps to a healthier life!
Document 72 Hours

Document 72 Hours

Documentary 126episode
Three days in the life of...Stay in one location for 72 hours, catching glimpses into people's lives as they open up and share.
Dying Out of Sight: Hikikomori in an Aging Japan

Dying Out of Sight: Hikikomori in an Aging Japan

Documentary 1episode
It's estimated over a million Japanese live as "hikikomori," recluses totally withdrawn from society. As the parents they depend on age, many now face a dire situation, left alone and unable to cope.
Easy Japanese

Easy Japanese

Learn Japanese 48episode
Fun and easy Japanese! Fast track your language learning with these simple expressions! Plus handy travel tips and easy kanji! Give it a try!
Easy Japanese for Work

Easy Japanese for Work

Learn Japanese 72episode
Accelerate your Japanese language skills! Learn practical, effective workplace expressions, understand business culture and improve your kanji.
Easy Travel Japanese

Easy Travel Japanese

Learn Japanese 8episode
When traveling in Japan for the first time, what phrases do you need? Each 3-minute episode provides simple expressions you can put to use as soon as you land. The program also offers tips for getting around the country. Remember the phrases and make your trip more fun. Easy Travel Japanese is based on one of the most popular programs on Radio Japan, "Easy Japanese".
EKIBEN JAPAN

EKIBEN JAPAN

Food 2episode
"Ekiben" are lunch boxes sold at train stations enjoyed during train journeys which are filled with the charm of each region of Japan! Let's embark on a journey to encounter a selection of lunch boxes from all over Japan!
Ethical Every Day

Ethical Every Day

How can we reduce our burden on the global environment? We'll share some simple, practical ideas about little things each of us can do right now to help create a healthier society.
Explore the Tokyo National Museum

Explore the Tokyo National Museum

Art & Design 1episode
The Tokyo National Museum's vast collection includes 89 National Treasures. In 2022, it marked 150 years with a special exhibition. Explore everything from ancient artefacts to hi-tech exhibits!
Face To Face

Face To Face

Interview 48episode
In conversation with... Japan expert Robert Campbell sits down with individuals from all walks of life whose drive and perspectives are changing Japan.
Finding My Mirror

Finding My Mirror

Documentary 1episode
Inmates at a prison in Japan record themselves reading picture books as a way to reconnect with their children. In the process, they make some life-changing discoveries about themselves.
FINDING SATOSHI

FINDING SATOSHI

Documentary 1episode
A bizarre story about the search for a man named Satoshi that spanned 14 years. What started as a simple puzzle grew into a global obsession. Who is Satoshi? And why could no one find him for so long?
Fit With the Doctor's Cyborg

Fit With the Doctor's Cyborg

Kids 9episode
Physical education is about nurturing one's physical abilities to keep fit and enjoy a lifetime of sports. In other words, phys ed makes life more fun! The super cyborg, Fizz Edward was created by a genius doctor who forgot to program him with phys ed abilities. With "Pro Tips" from top athletes, Fizz Ed learns "Improvement Points" so he can enhance his physical ability.
Five Frames for Love

Five Frames for Love

Documentary 2episode
Incredibly stylish and creative, but also living under immense societal pressure and changes; how are today's youth forging their own unique paths in these uncertain times? We document 5 Fs ("Frames") that shape their lives, i.e. Followers, Family, Fashion, Future, Freedom & more. Meet these charismatic characters through their own lenses and be inspired by the stories of this passionate new-gen class.
Flower and Stone

Flower and Stone

Documentary 1episode
80 years ago, a Japanese immigrant to the US was shot dead in a wartime internment camp. A Japanese American journalist's research leads to a surprising discovery about his death.
Four Seasons in Japan

Four Seasons in Japan

Science & Nature 7episode
Japan displays a kaleidoscope of natural beauty in all four seasons. We invite you to join us as we explore some of its charms.
Fragments of Ukrainian Lives

Fragments of Ukrainian Lives

Documentary 1episode
From war-torn Ukraine to Japan, refugees share stories through treasured keepsakes. These hastily packed items provide glimpses into their past, unveiling memories of a cherished life now left behind.
Framing Everyday Moments

Framing Everyday Moments

Travel 45episode
A unique time-lapse photography project. Shot by pros and non-pros from around the world, on the transience of nature, celestial phenomena, cityscapes and each single moment of everyday life. Submit your entry for a chance to be selected. Even an idea, could turn into something amazing. Enter today! https://www.nhk.or.jp/bs4k8k/eng/special/timescape/
FRONTRUNNERS

FRONTRUNNERS

Documentary 15episode
FRONTRUNNERS highlights professionals at the very forefront of their field. We showcase their amazing work, discover their motivations, and learn about the challenges they face in the future.
Fukushima: The Curse of Groundwater

Fukushima: The Curse of Groundwater

Documentary 1episode
In Fukushima, waste water from the nuclear power plant is stored in 1000 tanks, awaiting treatment and discharge into the sea. An early plan to build a wall to block this water was never carried out.
GAME GENOME: Deep Dive with Hideo Kojima

GAME GENOME: Deep Dive with Hideo Kojima

Entertainment 1episode
An educational program about the appeal of famous video games. A special 50-minute edition dives deep into "DEATH STRANDING" with its legendary creator Hideo Kojima discussing its development.
Game Planet

Game Planet

Biz & Tech 1episode
As growth in the game industry accelerates, game makers pursue increased global attention through new strategies. Japanese game companies, once undisputed champions, now face competition to survive.
GLOBAL AGENDA

GLOBAL AGENDA

Debate 33episode
World discussion in depth. Global opinion leaders debate key issues facing our modern world, presenting solutions to help solve these concerns.
GRAND SUMO Highlights

GRAND SUMO Highlights

Sports 17episode
The best of today's sumo! Enjoy daily highlights of this dynamic sport with background info and play-by-play commentary adding to the excitement!
GRAND SUMO LIVE

GRAND SUMO LIVE

Sports 4episode
Watch the toughest sumo wrestlers clash in the ring live on NHK WORLD-JAPAN! GRAND SUMO LIVE offers live coverage of days 1, 8, 14 and 15—the final day—of every GRAND SUMO tournament. Don't miss it! (Live coverage starts at 5:10 p.m. (JST) on all days except Day 15, which starts from 4:30 p.m. (JST)
GRAND SUMO Preview

GRAND SUMO Preview

Sports 1episode
What's going to happen in the next sumo tournament? Go behind the scenes and hear expert analysis on the upcoming season.
Grandma Takes the Mic

Grandma Takes the Mic

Documentary 1episode
76-year-old Tatsuyo, a.k.a. Grandma, is a budding stand-up comedian who captures hearts across generations amidst Japan's aging population. We follow Grandma and discover her passion for life.
GREAT RACE

GREAT RACE

Documentary 5episode
"GREAT RACE" is a documentary series that follows extreme races covering hundreds of miles and challenging the limits of body and spirit. The runners say the races have changed their lives.
HELLO! NHK WORLD-JAPAN

HELLO! NHK WORLD-JAPAN

What's on NHK WORLD-JAPAN. Showcasing various programs and activities of NHK WORLD-JAPAN which provides the latest information on Japan and Asia to the global audience.
Herbal Symphony

Herbal Symphony

In Uda, discover Japan's oldest private medicinal herb garden, where the natural landscape from 300 years ago is preserved in a botanical time capsule, a sanctuary of the local culture and history.
Hit the Road

Hit the Road

One of the most appealing features of Japan's national road network is the various Michinoeki, literally way stations, that provide a place for motorists to rest, dine and shop. They offer information on the locality and restaurants with regional specialties, and often sell local crafts and delicacies for travelers to take home. A stop at one or more of these spots helps to make any road trip in Japan unforgettable.
Home is Where the War is

Home is Where the War is

Documentary 1episode
Ukrainian NHK Director Kateryna Novytska returns home, where Russia's invasion has left a dark stain on everything. Even her own precious memories.
Hometown Stories

Hometown Stories

Documentary 149episode
Stories about people, stories about life. Intimate portraits of people from around Japan, each leading diverse lives while enriching lives of others.
I'm Still Here: An A-Bomb Victim Speaks

I'm Still Here: An A-Bomb Victim Speaks

Documentary 1episode
Keiko Ogura, age 85, has spent her life talking to the world about her experiences as an A-bomb victim in Hiroshima. When she talks with Americans in a small college town, what does she discover?
In Praise of Shadows

In Praise of Shadows

Tanizaki Junichiro's "In Praise of Shadows" elucidates Japanese aesthetics in terms of light and dark. Using advanced imaging technology, this program depicts the world of subtle beauty that he loved.
INNOVATIVE INVESTIGATIONS

INNOVATIVE INVESTIGATIONS

Documentary 2episode
This is a series of documentaries that features in-depth examinations of political, economic, and social challenges facing Japan and the world.
Isamu Noguchi's Unfinished A-Bomb Cenotaph

Isamu Noguchi's Unfinished A-Bomb Cenotaph

Art & Design 1episode
Sculptor Isamu Noguchi's Hiroshima cenotaph was never built. The program depicts the life and thoughts of an artist who struggled to bridge the gap between his two homelands, Japan and America.
ISSEY MIYAKE: The Human Inside the Clothes

ISSEY MIYAKE: The Human Inside the Clothes

Documentary 1episode
Issey Miyake, the world-renowned clothing designer, died in 2022 at the age of 84. Interviews with those who knew him provide insight into what inspired his captivating designs.
J-Arena

J-Arena

Sports 96episode
J-Arena features top athletes from Japan and their sports, as well as up-and-coming talent, and unique traditions from the Japanese sports scene. We also explore the diverse world of Japan's martial arts, from traditional samurai battlecraft to contemporary fighting arts.
J-FLICKS

J-FLICKS

Japanese cinema in-depth! The latest info on the best of Japanese cinema, from blockbuster to indie, stars, film festivals, interviews and insights!
J-MELO

J-MELO

Entertainment 8episode
Japan's exciting music scene! Pop, rock, traditional and more! Live performances, artist interviews, plus all the latest news!
Japan in Focus

Japan in Focus

Documentary 1episode
Morohashi Yoshitomo is a criminal defense lawyer based in downtown Tokyo. But he was once a yakuza. He believes second chances start in the space between black and white, between right and wrong.
Japan Railway Journal

Japan Railway Journal

Biz & Tech 93episode
Go behind the scenes of Japan's amazing railways. Interesting facts, new technologies, expert tips, plus where to go, how to get there and more!
JAPAN SPORTSCOPE

JAPAN SPORTSCOPE

Sports 14episode
This program introduces sports that can be enjoyed alone and at safe social distancing during Covid in Japan. See through the eyes of MC Harry Sugiyama in a virtual experience as he learns the rules and charms of each activity from professionals.
Japan Travel Expert

Japan Travel Expert

Travel 4episode
Strike off the beaten track with useful advice on exploring various regions around Japan, not just the cities. In each episode, our local experts provide comprehensive information on an area or theme: be it local gourmet delights, historic townscapes or amazing scenery. Take notes to increase your experience tenfold and become an authority on travel in Japan.
Japan's Top Inventions

Japan's Top Inventions

Biz & Tech 79episode
Made in Japan! The fascinating stories and secrets behind hit Japanese products, plus parts and machines that boast the top share of niche markets.
Japanology Plus

Japanology Plus

Culture & Lifestyle 139episode
Fresh insights into Japan. Stories behind Japanese life and culture through the eyes of Peter Barakan, a 50-year resident and watcher of Japan.
Japanology Plus mini

Japanology Plus mini

A five-minute series where you can explore a wide variety of Japanese cultures, traditions and lifestyles. (a digest version of "Japanology Plus")
Journeys in Japan

Journeys in Japan

Travel 152episode
Explore a different side of Japan. Meet the locals and discover traditions and cultures not usually found in guidebooks!
KABUKI KOOL

KABUKI KOOL

Art & Design 39episode
Dive into the world of Kabuki! Fascinating insights into this traditional Japanese theater. Famous plays, ornate costumes, make-up, scenery and more!
KANSAI DEEPER

KANSAI DEEPER

Ahead of EXPO 2025, attention turns to western Japan: its history, tradition and pop culture. Foreign residents discuss the allure of the Kansai region, life there and sustainability for the future.
Karl and Tina: Season's Greetings from a Wintry Village

Karl and Tina: Season's Greetings from a Wintry Village

Documentary 1episode
As snow blankets their remote mountain community with its traditional Japanese houses, Karl and Tina Bengs gather with neighbors to celebrate the season, and look forward to the arrival of spring.
Kintsugi Wellness

Kintsugi Wellness

Candice Kumai is a renowned influencer of wellness. She has been focusing on Japanese traditions such as "kintsugi," golden repairing of broken potteries. The breakage is treated as a layer of beauty which is symbolic of our striving souls.
Kiriko's Crime Diary

Kiriko's Crime Diary

Drama 10episode
Hitotsubashi Kiriko was in deep despair. Amidst her barely managed life relying on her meager pension and part-time income, her best friend and sole source of consolation had just died. The foreseeable days of emptiness, the pressure of carrying on alone, and the fear of dying in solitude gnaw at her heart. Then one day she sees on TV a man arrested for theft claiming that he had nothing left to hope for in his life, and that he had committed his crime for the purpose of going to prison. Inspired by this thought, she sets prison as her final home, and begins to search for ways to get arrested with the least amount of trouble caused to other people. The story is based on a novel by popular storywriter Harada Hika. In the background is the serious problem of senior-aged crimes in current Japan, but at the heart of the story is a positive message about the chances one has to find goals in life and pursue them regardless of age. The best contemporary actors come together to create a work offering entertainment and social comment, and the audience is invited to enjoy a look at contemporary Japan along with the dark comedy.
Land of Rising Dreams?

Land of Rising Dreams?

Documentary 1episode
A group of Vietnamese technical trainees arrives dreaming of a better future only to be faced with a harsh reality. What can be done to change this situation?
Learn Japanese from the News

Learn Japanese from the News

Learn Japanese 27episode
Our new TV program helps you learn about Japan and the Japanese language through simple and easy Japanese news. You will learn not only Japanese expressions but also the latest situation of Japan.
Let's Enjoy MATH with Barky the Dog

Let's Enjoy MATH with Barky the Dog

Kids 7episode
This is an educational program with a new approach, teaching the basics of mathematics through everyday problem-solving situations in a comedy-drama style. The main character is Barky, a dog that works in a “math police office”. Numbler, the comic villain, misguides people into making common mathematical errors in their daily activities. Barky and his fellow human “math police” officers solve the problems in creative and logical ways. The entertaining format will help elementary school children discover that “math is fun”.
Let's Trek Japan

Let's Trek Japan

Sports 6episode
With 70% of its land covered by mountains, Japan is a paradise for mountain climbers! Let's go enjoy the magnificent views and experience the unique hiking culture.
Listen to the Earth

Listen to the Earth

"Listen to the Earth" is a disaster prevention series where children and adults alike are encouraged to give serious thought to the topic. Japan is often struck by various natural disasters, with many people having lost their lives in the Great Hanshin and Great East Japan Earthquakes. Both children and adults alike should consider how to protect themselves in such disasters by understanding how these natural disasters occur, and practice preventive measures. This series aims to foster correct understanding of disasters by demonstrating the damage they can cause, and how they occur in the first place. The audience can consider what measures to take to protect themselves and their family if they are ever in a disaster situation while learning from specialists and taking part in quizzes.
Little Charo

Little Charo

Kids 50episode
Little Charo is an animation series about a Japanese dog who got lost in NY. "I want to see my owner again!" Charo starts his adventure back home.
Living as "2nd-Generation" of Religious Devotees

Living as "2nd-Generation" of Religious Devotees

Documentary 1episode
Many children of religious devotees have been affected by their parents' beliefs. Now they are speaking out about the anguish religion has caused them and searching for a way to move on.
Lunch ON!

Lunch ON!

More than just a meal! Enjoy lunch around Japan, learning about peoples' lives and work-places and the stories behind workers' daily meals.
Magical Japanese

Magical Japanese

Learn Japanese 45episode
Explore the richness and depth of the Japanese language and discover how words and expressions reflect history, culture and the natural world.
Masterpieces Performed by NHK Symphony Orchestra

Masterpieces Performed by NHK Symphony Orchestra

Entertainment 3episode
This program shares performances by the NHK Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy classical masterpieces performed by the NSO, featuring world-class maestros and collaborations with acclaimed soloists.
Mathematica II

Mathematica II

Animations bring mathematics to life in a fun, trial and error format that nurtures intuitive understanding of formulas and procedures which once just had to be memorized.
MATSURI: The Heartbeat of Japan

MATSURI: The Heartbeat of Japan

Traditional festivals called matsuri are found all over Japan. In this series, we present diverse matsuri and the preparations leading up to them. Each matsuri presents a new face of local Japan.
Medical Frontiers

Medical Frontiers

Science & Nature 104episode
Prevention to cure! The groundbreaking world of Japanese medical technology and healthcare. From food and exercise to the latest treatments.
Mini-Dramas on SDGs

Mini-Dramas on SDGs

Current Affairs 17episode
NHK WORLD-JAPAN's short drama series to carry a message about the importance of coming together to create a society that leaves no one behind. The two-minute films are based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set out by the United Nations. Each vignette depicts some aspect of Japan's effort to achieve the targets in a dramatic setting.
My Job in Japan

My Job in Japan

Documentary 2episode
NHK WORLD JAPAN has introduced over 100 foreigners working in Japan. We reexamine some of the best stories to see how these hardworking residents are changing Japanese society.
My Mom Has Dementia: A Neuroscientist's Care Diary

My Mom Has Dementia: A Neuroscientist's Care Diary

Documentary 1episode
After neuroscientist Onzo Ayako's mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, she began to track her mother's behavior and physical changes in her brain, hoping to better understand the disease's impact.
My Street Piano

My Street Piano

Entertainment 6episode
Pianos are placed in airports, stations and street corners around the world for anyone to play. Join us as we unfold life stories of each piano player and watch them through fixed camera lenses.
Mystery Man of the A-Bomb

Mystery Man of the A-Bomb

Documentary 1episode
Stories of the people who built the first atomic weapons are well known. But what about those who provided the uranium? We look at a mysterious man who derived huge profits from the business of war.
National Parks of Japan

National Parks of Japan

Documentary 4episode
Japan has 34 national parks. Rich in diverse natural attractions, they've been protected by those who call it home and are symbols of Japan's bond with nature.
New Era of J-POP and K-POP: Setting the World on Fire

New Era of J-POP and K-POP: Setting the World on Fire

Documentary 1episode
K-POP has taken the world by storm thanks to its unique performances and business strategy. This documentary follows its growth and the ways in which J-POP artists are rising to the challenge.
NHK Documentary

NHK Documentary

Documentary 96episode
Timely and timeless. Compelling, in-depth documentaries from NHK examining Japan and the world around us - past, present and future.
NHK NEWSLINE FOCUS

NHK NEWSLINE FOCUS

Current Affairs 5episode
We follow the tense scenes between Japan and the U.S. in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Our interviews from both sides reveal Japan's lack of preparedness in a nuclear emergency.
NINJA TRUTH

NINJA TRUTH

Science & Nature 28episode
Ninja are now seen in popular media around the world. But as their profile rises, their reality gets muddied amid legends and fantasies. The truth about authentic ninja lies unknown, shrouded in mystery. This program carefully examines the fighting skills and tools used by actual ninja, and conducts experiments to determine the "Ninja Truth".
no art, no life

no art, no life

Art & Design 13episode
Self-taught artists are gaining respect globally. In Japan, such artists are making career-defining works, but few art fans or curators know them.
Nun's Cookbook

Nun's Cookbook

The nuns of Otowasan Kannonji Temple are cooking up a storm. They invite us inside their kitchen and show us how to prepare tasty delicacies from their seasonal cookbook.
Nun's Seasonal Calendar

Nun's Seasonal Calendar

Deep in the mountains of Nara Prefecture lies Otowasan Kannonji Temple. We learn about daily life at the temple by following the nuns as they prepare for seasonal events based on the solar calendar.
Okinawa Wonderland

Okinawa Wonderland

Introduces the current state of the culturally unique, nature-rich, and increasingly cosmopolitan Okinawa prefecture, which consists of Japan's westernmost islands.
On the Frontlines of Myanmar's Civil War

On the Frontlines of Myanmar's Civil War

Documentary 1episode
Since Myanmar's military coup in 2021, thousands of young civilians have joined the battle to regain their stolen democracy. Meet the journalists risking their lives to report from the front lines.
On the Wings

On the Wings

Embark on a series of journeys through the skies over Japan. Fly to airports nationwide and enjoy breathtaking views from the airplane window. Experience the unique seasonal beauty of the long stretching nation's southern coral reefs, vivid autumn foliage, Mt. Fuji at sunset and sparkling cityscapes. Upon arrival at each location, expert local airport staff will introduce must-see attractions, exquisite cuisine and more. Also gain a glimpse about the jobs of pilots and cabin crew.
One Hamlet, One Family

One Hamlet, One Family

Documentary 2episode
A family in a remote part of northern Japan lives almost entirely off the land, surrounded by seasonal beauty. Balancing their ideals with modern realities, they pursue what truly matters in life.
Origami Magic

Origami Magic

Art & Design 8episode
Do you know what "origami" is? It is a magic made from a single sheet of paper. This program showcases the creations of artists from around the globe inspired by the Japanese traditional craft.
Pearl of Gion: Return of the Miyako Odori

Pearl of Gion: Return of the Miyako Odori

Documentary 2episode
Gion, a prestigious entertainment quarter in Kyoto home to many geiko and maiko, was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. All hopes rest on the revival of the Miyako Odori, a large-scale performance.
Piano Girl

Piano Girl

Documentary 1episode
Okinawa, Japan. Momoko loved the piano and attended a school that had one. Then the war arrived and she was drafted to work in an army hospital. Could she survive the war through the power of music?
PLANET TAXI

PLANET TAXI

Documentary 2episode
A taxi is an unusual place. A fleeting moment, just you and the driver. Uncover the true faces of cities worldwide from a taxi window with the help of local drivers in this documentary style travelog.
Prayers of a Thousand Years

Prayers of a Thousand Years

Documentary 1episode
Dazaifu Tenmangu, a Shinto shrine where Sugawara Michizane rests, has long captivated people throughout history. This program introduces its mysterious charm and the seasonal colors of its precincts.
Preparation

Preparation

In this short animation, Luna, a girl who is uncomfortable with hospitals, medicine and injections, comes to understand the value of medicine via the thrilling explanations of a mysterious doctor.
Rags to Riches: Sustainable Fashion from Japan

Rags to Riches: Sustainable Fashion from Japan

Documentary 1episode
Clothes can spark joy, but mass production has heavy environmental costs and clothing waste is a major, growing problem. Japanese firms and designers are taking up new projects to tackle the system.
RAMEN JAPAN

RAMEN JAPAN

Ramen is a savory combination of umami-packed broth and perfectly cooked noodles. This program offers an encyclopedic view of this delectable dish, taking you on a journey across Japan to discover ever-evolving local variations. Join us as we explore a tapestry of local customs and food culture through the lens of ramen.
Reading Japan

Reading Japan

Entertainment 46episode
This program uses dramatic readings in English to introduce short stories by exceptional storytellers who have big followings in Japan. The stories make the culture and spirit of Japan accessible through imaginative drawings and animations interspersed between the readings like storybook illustrations.
Remote Onsen: Tohoku in Winter

Remote Onsen: Tohoku in Winter

Visit hot springs hidden away in Aomori, Akita, and Fukushima to experience a variety of healing waters, taste the local cuisine, enjoy the winter landscape, and meet with the locals.
Rene Goes to School

Rene Goes to School

Documentary 6episode
Rene is a Cameroonian manga creator. His popular manga deals with the cultural differences he faced growing up in Japan. Now, Rene goes to school to meet with foreign children living in Japan and turn their experiences into manga.
Resilience and the Sweet Tastes of Nature

Resilience and the Sweet Tastes of Nature

Documentary 1episode
One of Japan's most innovative confectioners, Nishio Megumi artfully crafts sweets with natural Okinawan ingredients, pursuing her passion in spite of struggling with the aftereffects of an accident.
Return to an Abandoned Village: 50 Years in Tsubayama

Return to an Abandoned Village: 50 Years in Tsubayama

Documentary 1episode
Known for brush-burning agriculture and taiko dance, the mountain village Tsubayama was abandoned, but 3 years ago, a man returned and it began to revive. A home village and memories of forebears.
Return to Sender

Return to Sender

Documentary 1episode
A quiet little shop in downtown Tokyo serves as a haven for Japan's lost young souls. They share their innermost feelings with their future selves in letters they'll receive exactly one year later.
RISING

RISING

Documentary 79episode
Going beyond the horizon. Meet Japan's entrepreneurs whose innovative thinking is changing traditional mindsets in their various fields of work.
ROOOOMS! Japan

ROOOOMS! Japan

Come on in! And explore homes and apartments while we unveil surprising stories and history of the people who reside within. From eclectic living spaces to hidden gems, each episode introduces the lifestyles of diverse people living in Japan. Also discover how the neighborhoods they live in foster creativity and connections. Get inspired by these spaces that reflect dreams and passions, and get tips that you can take into your own home. So, take off your shoes, and step into ROOOOMS! Japan.
SAMURAI WALL

SAMURAI WALL

Documentary 1episode
Samurai lords used to live in castles with majestic stone walls. Today only a handful of craftsmen can build walls in the traditional way. One such crafstman is working in an unusual place - the U.S.
SAMURAI WHEELS

SAMURAI WHEELS

Biz & Tech 4episode
The Tokyo Motor Show has now become the Japan Mobility Show. To reflect this change, it has expanded its scope and now features a broad range of vehicles that will shape the future of mobility!
Satoyama Kitchen Diary

Satoyama Kitchen Diary

Join chef Kogawa Nobuko and her husband Makoto as they take us on a culinary journey through the seasons featuring traditional recipes unique to the mountainous region of Hida Takayama in Gifu Prefecture.
Science View

Science View

Biz & Tech 115episode
Science for our future. Cutting edge research, innovation and technology being created by Japanese scientists and engineers.
Searching for the Standing Boy of Nagasaki

Searching for the Standing Boy of Nagasaki

Documentary 1episode
Who is the boy who waits stoically to cremate his dead brother in Nagasaki? The search for his identity continues, as the iconic image has come to symbolize the fate of "atomic-bomb orphans."
Seasoning the Seasons

Seasoning the Seasons

Culture & Lifestyle 115episode
Beautiful Japan. Explore the four seasons across Japan, through its long history, ancient traditions, local festivals, food and daily life.
Seek Nothing, Just Sit

Seek Nothing, Just Sit

Documentary 1episode
A year of zen practice at Antaiji Temple in Japan. Many non-Japanese gather at this Soto school zen temple to do zazen 1,800 hours per year and live the zen ideal of self-sufficiency.
Sharing the Future

Sharing the Future

Creating the future together. Inspiring stories of projects by Japanese people working with communities in developing countries with new ideas and efforts to help solve issues.
Small Journeys

Small Journeys

Documentary 3episode
For 40 years, Small Journeys has been an NHK staple, with each episode featuring a single reporter's expedition to a unique location in Japan. They unveil the captivating scenery and local way of life in their chosen destination. Join us on these individual journeys to find a place that speaks to your heart.
Somewhere Street

Somewhere Street

Travel 88episode
A unique walking-eye view of cities around the globe! Chat to the locals and enjoy encounters that only strolling the streets can bring.
Sominsai: The End of a 1000-year-old Festival

Sominsai: The End of a 1000-year-old Festival

Documentary 1episode
This year saw the end of Sominsai, a unique festival in which loinclothed men plunge into freezing water, are enveloped in smoke, and jostle through the night to grasp a lucky sack as a form of prayer.
Sound Trip

Sound Trip

Entertainment 4episode
A new travelogue program using the "Immersive Audio" sound technology brings you to the magical trip. We explore some of the world's most intriguing destinations, Morocco, with 360 degrees' three-dimensional sound.
Spiritual Explorers

Spiritual Explorers

Documentary 28episode
Japan - a country of timeless wonder and mystery. The deep spirituality of the Japanese has captured the hearts of many explorers in the past. The journey to uncover the essence of the Japanese spirit, begins.
Steve Jobs and Japan

Steve Jobs and Japan

Documentary 1episode
Apple founder Steve Jobs revolutionized the way we live with his creations. And he loved Japanese culture. Close friends, colleagues and design experts shed new light on how this came to be.
Story Land

Story Land

Entertainment 9episode
Story Land introduces traditional folk tales that have been told and loved in Japan for centuries. Leading actors present the stories with the rich expressiveness of one-person performances, enhanced by charming illustrations that bring the tales vividly to life.
Story Land in Classical Japanese

Story Land in Classical Japanese

Kids 10episode
This series is aimed at students of the Japanese language and viewers interested in classical literature. It provides easy introductions to celebrated classical works that are commonly included in school textbooks and familiar to virtually all Japanese. The works are first presented in their original classical form to give viewers an immediate feel for the sound of the language. Then they are explained and rendered in modern language, with the worldview they embody introduced through scenic set designs and video imagery. The program is also intended for non-Japanese students residing in Japan who are studying classical Japanese.
Taiwan's Windy Frontline Islands

Taiwan's Windy Frontline Islands

Travel 4episode
The Kinmen and Matsu archipelagoes just offshore of mainland China attract tourists with their unique culture and war remains. We visited the islands during the Chinese New Year festivities.
TAKADA KENZO Poet of Cotton

TAKADA KENZO Poet of Cotton

Documentary 1episode
In late 2020, Takada Kenzo died from complications of Covid-19. Shy but exuberant, Paris's top designer was known for fun. We honor a legend, with Koshino Junko, Shimada Junko, and Jean Paul Gaultier.
TAKE TECH

TAKE TECH

Biz & Tech 10episode
TAKE TECH is an educational program for children from upper elementary school to high school designed to foster familiarity with everyday technology. The focus is technology we depend on in our daily lives, such as products found in people's homes, information systems and machines. Why were they created, and how do they work? Each episode features one key tech and explains its mechanism and function in an easy-to-understand way.
Texico

Texico

Kids 10episode
Learn the principles of programming without even touching a computer in this new-style education program. Unique animated characters assist in the fun and lucid introduction of 5 core programming processes: analysis, combination, generalization, abstraction and simulation.
Thatched Living: A Nostalgic Future

Thatched Living: A Nostalgic Future

An old thatched house in Ibaraki prefecture is home to a family of four. Their nostalgic, yet modern life encompasses a supportive group of friends and the beauty of the natural world in every season.
The Amazon Indigenous People's Digital War

The Amazon Indigenous People's Digital War

Documentary 1episode
As deforestation progresses in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, the indigenous people risk their lives by using smartphones and drones to expose illegal logging and mining operations on social media.
The Day I Gave Up My Daughter

The Day I Gave Up My Daughter

Documentary 1episode
During China's One-Child Policy, many families gave up their daughters, who often ended up in international adoption programs. Those daughters now attempt to reconnect with their parents.
The Falconer's Legacy

The Falconer's Legacy

Documentary 1episode
Matsubara Hidetoshi, one of Japan's last traditional falconers, resides in rural Tohoku with only the company of his birds. A sudden request by a young city-dweller may be key to retaining his legacy.
The Fallen Fortress

The Fallen Fortress

Documentary 2episode
When a Japan-based American journalist discovers that a World War II B-29 engine was unearthed from a sacred mountain he embarks on a quest to uncover the fate of the US airmen.
The Great Kanto Earthquake

The Great Kanto Earthquake

Documentary 2episode
A century after the Great Kanto Earthquake, previously unknown details have been extracted from newly 8K remastered and colorized footage, vividly demonstrating how Tokyo citizens faced the disaster.
The Kind-Hearted Cat

The Kind-Hearted Cat

Drama 5episode
Single mother and nursery school teacher Miyuki meets Sri Lankan Kumara while doing volunteer work in northeastern Japan after the 2011 disaster. One year later, the two reunite as if by fate and are slowly drawn to each other. Along with Miyuki's daughter Maya, they begin living together as a family. But, right after they submit their marriage forms and become officially married, Kumara is detained in an immigration facility for overstaying his visa and is given a deportation order to return to Sri Lanka. The marriage is suspected to be fake when Kumara is questioned, and the family is treated with disrespect. In order to help Kumara, they have no choice but to start a court case to win special permission for residency. The three of them just want to live together as a family. With that simple wish in their hearts, they take on a court battle with Japan itself.
THE KYOTO CODE

THE KYOTO CODE

Kyoto, the soul of Japanese culture, is one of the world's best-known tourist destinations. It has many cultural assets and UNESCO-registered World Heritage Sites. But visitors are unaware of the implicit code of behavior that runs below its surface. Without realizing it, many are breaking protocol, but Japanese do not like to draw attention or rebuke them. Take a deep yet comic look at the tacit code that lies behind daily life, and broaden your knowledge and experiences in the ancient capital.
The New Adventures of Rockie and Her Friends

The New Adventures of Rockie and Her Friends

Puppet action show for young children, produced for utilization in moral education classes in schools in Japan. In a distant post-human future where surviving creatures have formed a community, new-breed dinosaur girl Rockie sets out on hilarious adventures with her schoolmates.
The Perfect 2-Hour Guide

The Perfect 2-Hour Guide

Travel 2episode
Savor Japan's iconic sights on a two-hour condensed course. Ideal for travelers and dreamers alike, we bring you an immersive and thrilling sense of exploration.
The Professionals

The Professionals

Documentary 61episode
The meaning of professional. Meet exceptional people who are breaking new ground and making a difference in their area of expertise.
The Rise and Fall of a Crypto Star

The Rise and Fall of a Crypto Star

Documentary 1episode
Sam Bankman-Fried was a young billionaire before his cryptocurrency exchange collapsed and he was convicted of fraud. Was he a visionary or scammer? We explore the wild and disruptive world of crypto.
The Seasons of Yamato

The Seasons of Yamato

Entertainment 24episode
Here is the high-resolution movie by Koichi Hozan, a videographer living in Nara Prefecture, with exclusive pieces which a pianist, Mine Kawakami, played on the "Hyakunen (100-year-old) Piano." The light and sound create a poetic video to make you experience each season. Cast (Piano): Mine Kawakami "Yamato-no-Kisetsu," composed by Mine Kawakami
The Signs

The Signs

Documentary 3episode
We analyze the social changes brought by COVID-19, looking for signs that point towards the right philosophy to adopt in this era of the "New Normal."
The Timeless Beauty of Fukui

The Timeless Beauty of Fukui

Fukui Prefecture is home to plenty of beautiful locales where people live and spend their daily lives. We have selected some of those wonderful places to share with viewers.
The Unknown Master of Restoration

The Unknown Master of Restoration

Documentary 2episode
Mayuyama Koji is an art restorer who works with antique dealers and museums nationwide. His unique skills allow him to flawlessly restore broken works to their former conditions, earning him the nickname "God Hand." The practice originated from his father in the postwar period, when many antiques would be repaired secretly through underground means. This documentary reveals the details of his techniques, as well as his mission not just to restore art, but to preserve it for generations to come.
The World Heritage Sites in Japan

The World Heritage Sites in Japan

From natural landscapes to historic architecture representing centuries of cultural development, Japan's World Heritage sites offer a wide range of glimpses into history and the beauty of nature.
Through The Kitchen Window

Through The Kitchen Window

These short documentaries take an intimate look at the lifestyles and culinary passions of people across Japan. Their stories are sure to warm the heart and whet the appetite.
Time and Tide

Time and Tide

Join us as we revisit the milestones of Japan's long history. We examine various events from the age of the samurai to the modern period against the backdrop of an ever-changing international scene. Come with NHK WORLD-JAPAN on a journey that reveals the truth behind the turning points of the past and allows us to revel in the arts and architecture of heritage sites.
Time-lapse Japan

Time-lapse Japan

Shimizu Daisuke investigates various aspects of Japanese culture and traditions, using the technique of time-lapse photography.
Time-lapse Journey

Time-lapse Journey

Come on a time-lapse journey bringing you to famous locations across Japan. Rediscover the beauty of Japan as scenes unfold through time-lapse photography. From the ever-changing wonders of nature to the tranquility of a historic temple, we've selected the best sights that Japan has to offer.
Tiny Aesthetics

Tiny Aesthetics

Art & Design 3episode
A unique combination of aesthetics and dexterity make "smaller is better" a Japanese mantra - The Japanese "taste for tiny" has led to increasingly smaller objects with ever-increasing functionality. Hear from the creators about the dreams and sensibilities of the boundless world of the small.
tiny desk concerts JAPAN

tiny desk concerts JAPAN

Entertainment 1episode
All you need is a small desk and musical instruments. NHK is launching a Japanese version of the worldwide phenomenon "tiny desk concerts," originally pioneered by American public broadcaster NPR. Set in the actual offices of NHK, the series will breathe new life into music as artists perform in a setting that is anything but ordinary.
Today's Close-Up

Today's Close-Up

Current Affairs 148episode
Dig deeper into current affairs. Cutting-edge information and critical analysis on important issues confronting Japanese lives.
TOKYO SCANNING

TOKYO SCANNING

Documentary 1episode
We showcase 40 years of Tokyo street fashion through the lens of Takano Kumiko who, along with a team, has interviewed and snapped tens of thousands of young people to reveal the culture of the time.
Tomorrow by Design

Tomorrow by Design

Art & Design 1episode
Receiving worldwide submissions, Japan's prestigious Good Design Award. Take a first-time look behind the scenes at what society needs from design, and how it can help all of us have better lives.
Torn Apart: Enduring Dream to Reunite

Torn Apart: Enduring Dream to Reunite

Documentary 1episode
World War II tore apart families of Japanese immigrants in the Philippines. For eight decades, they have been dreaming of being reunited. But time is fast running out.
Trails to Oishii Tokyo

Trails to Oishii Tokyo

Food 158episode
Delicious food from Tokyo's markets! Learn about the amazing ingredients which are sourced from across Japan and sold at Tokyo's fresh food markets.
Train Cruise

Train Cruise

Travel 34episode
Criss-cross Japan by rail. Enjoy an amazing diversity of nature and scenery across the four seasons, exploring both well-known and hidden Japan.
Treasure Box Japan

Treasure Box Japan

"Treasure Box Japan" is a series of programs by local community broadcasters. Get an inside perspective on the region's culture, food and natural surroundings.
u&i

u&i

"u&i" is a program that provides an opportunity to learn about and deepen an understanding of minorities, like children with physical and developmental disabilities, and children from a foreign culture. The main character "i" is a so-called "normal" child. With each episode, "i," concerned about "u" with a certain disadvantage, finds themselves in a mysterious world. With the help of fairies, they hear out the problems that their friend is having, and in the process of learning more about them, "i" gains the ability to respect diversity and develop a compassionate heart.
Ukiyoe EDO-LIFE

Ukiyoe EDO-LIFE

Entertainment 36episode
Centuries ago, Tokyo was known as Edo. More than a million people enjoyed life in this small but abundant city. They live on in ukiyo-e woodblock prints. Each episode is a deep dive into a single print, and an exploration of the soul of Old Tokyo. We examine works by artists like Hokusai and Hiroshige not just for their aesthetic and historical value, but for the stories they tell of everyday life. That is how the people of Edo themselves enjoyed this mass-produced medium.
Ukraine's Nuclear Dilemma

Ukraine's Nuclear Dilemma

Documentary 1episode
Ukraine once had a formidable nuclear arsenal. One young man asks his fellow citizens if disarmament was right, especially now that Russia threatens to use the most destructive weapon of all.
UN Security Council: Battlefield of Words

UN Security Council: Battlefield of Words

Documentary 1episode
The United Nations Security Council is the UN's most powerful body. But its power has been tested during Russia's war on Ukraine. Can the Council fulfill its role as "the world's peacekeeper"?
Viewpoint Science

Viewpoint Science

Science & Nature 10episode
Presenting a range of useful scientific ways of seeing (viewpoints), this proactive science education program encourages primary and lower secondary school children to discover and investigate the mysteries which puzzle them. In place of passive classroom learning, the children learn both to ask the questions and to find the answers by themselves.
Voices of Tohoku: What We Want From Reconstruction

Voices of Tohoku: What We Want From Reconstruction

Documentary 1episode
Ever since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, an NHK program has been recording the candid thoughts of survivors. We listen to their voices and examine the idea of "reconstruction."
Walking a Tightrope: The Filmmaker Yang Yonghi

Walking a Tightrope: The Filmmaker Yang Yonghi

Documentary 1episode
Ethnic Korean filmmaker Yang Yonghi has focused her camera on her family, torn between Japan and North Korea. Her search for identity continues, in a tenuous balance of love, politics, and history.
We're Not "Gaijin"!

We're Not "Gaijin"!

Documentary 1episode
Witness the tears, laughter, and history of Japanese-Brazilians. Issey Ogata presents a solo performance on true stories of everyday life over the past 30 years experienced by Japanese-Brazilians.
Where We Call Home

Where We Call Home

Documentary 117episode
People from around the globe who put down roots in Japan offer a glimpse into their lives and the hardships they face in Japanese society.
Wild Hokkaido!

Wild Hokkaido!

Science & Nature 91episode
Be immersed in nature's beauty. Discover Hokkaido at its wildest and best as our presenter guides you through its amazing experiences.
Women on the Front Line: 15% of Japan's Politicians

Women on the Front Line: 15% of Japan's Politicians

Documentary 1episode
We follow the fortunes of two women standing as candidates in local elections held in Japan in April, 2023. They battle for acceptance in a land where female politicans are very much in the minority.
Youth Falling into a Life of Crime

Youth Falling into a Life of Crime

Documentary 1episode
In Japan, young people are increasingly being lured into engaging in illegal jobs for money. What's behind this surge in juvenile lawlessness? And what can parents and others do to help address it?
Zero Waste Life

Zero Waste Life

Meet people around Japan who strive for a life without waste under the traditional philosophy of "MOTTAINAI," which values cherishing the things we have.
Zeroing In: Carbon Neutral 2050

Zeroing In: Carbon Neutral 2050

Current Affairs 17episode
Climate change is everyone's problem, but the devastating effects aren't felt evenly. In partnership with a US public broadcaster, we zero in on protecting the most affected people and areas, or MAPA.
NHK WORLD PRIME

NHK WORLD PRIME

Documentary 81episode
Examining social issues. An exclusive selection of NHK documentaries exploring people and events, revealing the power of non-fiction film.