Satoyama:Japan's Secret Garden

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Nature Documentary hosted by David Attenborough and published by NHK in 1999 - English narration

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Japan is a country of steep mountains surrounding wide flat plains where people have lived for thousands of years. On the largest plain lies the country's largest freshwater lake, Lake Biwa, which is not at all far from Japan's ancient, capital city of Kyoto. The slopes that stretch down towards the lake have been terraced. Here rice seedlings need shallow water in which to grow, and the neat, meticulously constructed paddy fields provide just this. Some of them have been cultivated continuously for thousands of years. Alongside them stand patches of woodland where, for centuries, the people have found their fuel and their food. This is a land that has been touched by people, yet the people tread lightly upon it. It's a land that has been ruled for centuries by the demands of the rice, yet it's still dominated by the rhythmic cycle of the seasons. Here is a landscape that the Japanese people hold so close to their hearts that they have a special word for it: satoyama.

  • Narrated by Sir David Attenborough
  • Directed by Masumi Mizunuma
  • Edited by Masayuki Shimoyamada
  • Music by Takefumi Haketa
  • 52 minutes, English audio, 1999

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