Checking His Answers, All His Life: Kobayashi Toru, Garden Landscaper
We follow garden landscaper Kobayashi Toru, the youngest craftsman to sweep Japan's highest awards, including the Contemporary Master Craftsman award and the Medal with Yellow Ribbon. He's skilled not only in design but everything from pruning to civil engineering, and by conversing with plants, he creates gardens that overflow with natural life. Despite the numerous honors to his name, he's not afraid to get his hands dirty, and returns to gardens over and over to do maintenance. We gradually learn about the tragedy in his past, and the depression that still affects him today. What is the meaning of his work? What is the meaning of his life? This is the story of a passionate landscaper who will keep checking his answers all his life.