Fukuoka - Always Thinking Ahead
Historically the nation's gateway to Asia, Fukuoka Prefecture is where Japan's rice-growing culture began. We meet a couple reviving their community through tourism and organic farming, a singing boatman in a city of canals and a maker of traditional fireworks. After helping villagers maintain a century-old stone bridge, we hear the history of coal in this area - once a major industry driving Japan's modernization - from the last of its miners, as he sings old songs of the harshness of life below ground.
Simple yet subtle, traditional fireworks made with rice straw
Locals gather to maintain their community's century-old stone bridges
A former miner explains how the region's coal shaped Japan's history
The mysterious landscape of the Hiraodai karst plateau