A 250-km ride through Niigata Prefecture, its green rice fields shimmering under the summer sun. From an artisan in hammered copper we learn about the long road to mastery, while in the paddy fields we see the hottest, hardest part of the rice growing season. Climbing up into the mountains, we'll experience a traditional style of river fishing and visit a breeder whose Nishikigoi carp are now world famous, 2 stories of hard work and cooperation rebuilding lives and businesses destroyed by natural disasters.
Crafting copper masterpieces, with just a hammer
It's hot work, but the result is supremely tasty rice
Niigata's Nishikigoi carp have fans worldwide
A family rebuilds its carp business after disaster