Japan: Sakura Petals

 

This travel video is a 3 hour presentation of a trip in Japan. Our intention was to show an interesting and pretty intense itinerary, which we were able to cover in about 2 weeks. We wanted to shoot a travelog, a long form documentary about this particular trip making it different from the regular documentaries you may see on TV . We covered a lot of ground in the narration associated with the film: from history to legends, architecture and the zen traditions, customs and religions we tried as much as possible to approach most of the issues you encounter in such a trip.

The travel video is the result of a lot of research and documentation we did before we left there, but also of a lot of information we got on site, talking to people or listening to the stories coming from the locals. We shot a lot of footage and we ended up editing it to make a very pleasant and attractive presentation.

If you have any intention to visit these areas or other parts of Japan, or if you know for sure that you will never get there, watching this film will bring you the experience of being half there. To do the trip we used mainly the Shinkansen, the bullet train, which is a real blessing for confort and speed. We stayed in ryokans, listed mainly in Lonely Planet and we ate in all sort of restaurants and "hole-in-the-walls".

It is said about Japan that is expensive, but if you follow several major rules like buying a Japan Rail Pass, a must if you want to travel by train which will save you hundreds of dollars, and booking ryokans in advance because they get filled up pretty quickly, you will experience the same level of expense like in a Northern European country.

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Sakura Petals

Sakura Petals

Sakura Petals is a 3 hour presentation of travel through Japan. It is a complete version that includes 5 separate videos covering the following itinerary: Nikko, Tokyo, Kurashiki, Okayama, Nagasaki, Hagi, Miya-Jima, Kyoto, Nara, Kanazawa, Takayama, KoyaSan © 2005

175 minutes

DVD - $59.95

 

The Shoguns

The Shoguns

The Shoguns” brings the viewer to Nikko, the most famous shrine in the country, the burial place of the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate clan. We stop in Kamakura, where originates the first shogun family in Japan, a city full of Zen Buddhist temples. We also visit Tokyo, with its beautiful museum, parks and temples. ©2005

Nikko, Tokyo

30' - DVD - $24.95

The Samurai

The Samurai

The Samurai” We visit Kurashiki, one of the few cities in Japan that was not bombed during the WW2, Okayama, with its Crow Castle and the beautiful garden and Nagasaki with its Memorial Park. We continue to Hagi that has the best preserved samurai quarter ending up in the holy island of Miya Jima watching in the night the tide covering its floating Tori. ©2005

Kurashiki, Okayama, Nagasaki, Hagi, Miya-Jima

40' - DVD - $24.95

Temples and Zen

Temples and Zen

Temples and Zen” brings the viewer to Kyoto, capital of Japan for 1000 years, with dry or moss Zen temple gardens, bamboo groves and secluded pavilions. We visit the Kyoto museum, the best museum for Japanese art. We end the day in Gion district where we watch a representation of traditional Zen arts. ©2005

Kyoto

48' - DVD - $24.95

Emperors and Geishas

Emperors and Geishas

Emperors and Geishas” continues the visit in Kyoto with the Imperial Palace and a geisha spotting session in the Geisha quarter in Gion. We visit Nara, the first ever settled capital of Japan for only 75 years, full of roaming deer and its remarkable temples, pagodas and shrines where is located the largest Buddha statue in Japan. ©2005

Kyoto and Nara

31' - DVD - $24.95

The Monks

The Monks

The Monks” We visit Kanazawa, that has also a famous garden in Japan and a temple dedicated to Ninja warriors and Takayama, a place that preserve the tradition of Japanese carpentry ending up in the eerie city of Koya San, the world headquarters of the esoteric Buddhist sect, Shingon, a city full of temples and a famous cemetery for the history of Japan. ©2005

Kanazawa, Takayama, KoyaSan

31' - DVD - $24.95