Japanese Cultural Videos

Here are some links to interesting videos covering a variety of Japanese culture

Watch these videos for your own enjoyment but better yet:

  • Share them periodically in an email to your members – keeps members engaged and involved
  • Put a link to one of them in your newsletter
  • If you have a Facebook page, use them as a new Post. It helps to keep your Facebook page current (especially at times when you aren’t meeting)
  • Post them on your website
Extensive List of NHK Videos

The Growing Membership has developed this list of NHK Videos ranging in content from flower arranging to food, Nagasaki survivor stories, how bamboo and lacquerware items are made. In all 20 videos to share with your members. Put a link or two on your Facebook page or website and see if you can’t attract a new member or two.

How Ikebana has changed during the pandemic

This five minute video discusses how ikebana has adapted to the pandemic. More importantly Senko Ikenobo talks about how nature and ikebana have helped us cope with the pandemic.

Kimono Making Videos
  1. Watching this 5-minute video will make you better understand why kimono fabric is so beautiful expensive too. Click here to view.
  2. This 3 1/2 minute video shows how textiles are made in Shiga Prefecture
  3. This 10 minute video shows the many processes in making a kimono. Very informative.
  4. The Victoria and Albert Museum had to close just when their exhibit “Kimono to Catwalk” was to open. However, they made a series of 5 videos each being from 5-8 minutes in length for all of us to enjoy.
How washi paper is made
  1. How washi is made 4 1/2 minutes long
  2. Awagami Japanese Washi Papermaking History – 19 1/2 minutes long
  3. History of Washi article

This 25 minute video by Boston Chapter member, Minal Akad, demonstrates Furoshiki – the art of Japanese fabric folding – at the Worcester Art Museum.  Minal gives clear instructions and makes the whole process look very easy. 

Many other cultural arts and Japanese wonders
  1. In conjunction with the exhibition Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection, on view June 13, 2017–February 4, 2018, this less than 2 minute video features time-lapse photography of bamboo artist Tanabe Chikuunsai IV installing The Gate (Mon) in The Met’s Arts of Japan galleries.
  2. Kintsugi is a Japanese art form in which breaks and repairs are treated as part of the object’s history. Broken ceramics are carefully mended by artisans with a lacquer resin mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. The repairs are visible, beautiful, and an antidote to the culture of disposability.
    Read more about this art form, scroll down and watch a short video on this wonderful art from Japan. Click here.
  3. The Japanese architectural craftsmanship was recently recognized by Unesco. Click here to read the article
  4. This is not a video, but a fascinating article about an origami artist making a samurai out of one piece of paper.
  5. Ojiya is the origin of the ornamental koi called Nishikigoi one sees in Japanese gardens.
  6. These decorative cords adorn helmets and samurai helmets among many other items such as tea pots. See how they are made here.