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The 2011 “kanji of the year” was Kizuna (絆). It reflects the spirit in which Japanese helped each other after the disasters. The direct translation in English - "bonds" - gives the impression that ties to others can be restrictive, an imposition on one's freedom, at least to Westerners who cherish individualism.
The fact is we are almost all connected to others. I, the director, feel we have much to learn from the ways Japanese interact and think about others. That is the premise of my search for the meaning of Kizuna.

Director Michael Goldberg
Location Japan
Duration 28 min.
Genre Life / Society / Human Interest
Air Date (JST) Monday, March 6, 2017

About Director

Michael Goldberg

Michael Goldberg


Michael Goldberg is a Canadian cameraman and documentary director who has lived in Japan for 35 years. He has filmed extensively in the areas affected by the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters.
The themes of his personal work relate to bridging differences... between men and women, the old and young, nature and modernization, Japan and the West.


CUSTOMS & MANNERS - The Fabric of Japanese society, 1990
HARUKA NARU NAMI NO OTO (Stories of Foreign Wives of Japanese), 1996
A ZEN LIFE - D.T. Suzuki, 2006
CITIZEN SCIENCE ON THE GROUND - Safecast Radiation Monitoring, 2015

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