*First broadcast on October 20, 2022. The moon has been cherished and admired throughout Japanese history. People have long held moon-viewing events, and expressed gratitude for the moon's role in successful harvests. Our expert guest, Miura Yasuko, speaks about moon-related traditions, and comments on why people in Japan feel such an affinity for the moon. We learn about developments in the space industry presently advancing in Japan. And in Plus One, Matt Alt visits a toy company that has created a miniature robot for exploring the lunar surface.
Set-up for a traditional Japanese moon-viewing
Japanese toy technology adapted for use on the moon
"Moon-view noodles"―The egg yolk represents the full moon, and the egg white represents clouds