Okayama - Sunshine and Smiles
Okayama Prefecture, known as the Land of Sunshine, is a fertile farming region. At the coastal town of Kurashiki, we meet high school students revolutionizing its famous denim, then ride to Kojima Bay to use an old-style scoop net to fish for our dinner. Deep in the countryside we find a traditional Rakugo storyteller, and discover how local volunteers have restored a millennium-old terraced hillside with over 1,000 rice paddies. And finally, in an old post town we meet an artisan making inkstones for calligraphy.
New generation brings change to their town's famous textiles
Catch your own dinner with a traditional scoop net
Deep in the countryside, an old performer continues to refine his art
Contemplating the restoration of an ancient landscape