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Taiko drums concert with Dako-on

14 April 2015 Videos and documentaries about travels and life in Japan Guillaume Erard

Taiko drums concert with Dako-on

The history of Taiko (太 鼓), the Japanese drum, probably dates back to the 6th century after its importation from neighboring countries such as China. Adoption during ceremonies in Buddhist temples, an...

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Videos of Japan

New YouTube channel dedicated to Japan

Written on 13 April 2015 by Guillaume Erard

New YouTube channel dedicated to Japan

I created my YouTube channel in 2007, at about the same time as I started this website. At the time, the need was to promote the activities of my dojo in Dublin via some video of courses and seminars...

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New video: Tokyo by Night

Written on 26 November 2012 by Guillaume Erard

New video: Tokyo by Night

If I ask you to visualize Japan in your head, a multitude of pictures should immediately invade your visual field; temples, geisha, sushi, samurai, manga characters, etc... But if I ask you to think o...

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Taiwanese documentary on the foreigners who stayed in Japan after the 2011 earthquake

Written on 10 March 2012 by Guillaume Erard

Taiwanese documentary on the foreigners who stayed in Japan after the 2011 earthquake

I had been contacted a while ago by a Taiwanese team of journalists who desired to shoot a documentary on Japan's road to recovery since the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Tohoku region on...

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The Japanese Tradition seen by Japan Culture Lab

Written on 04 October 2011 by Guillaume Erard

The Japanese Tradition seen by Japan Culture Lab

This short series of humoristic instructional videos about Japanese customs was written and directed in 2001 by Namikibashi, a comedy duo composed of Kentaro Kobayashi and Junji Kojima, and produced b...

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Documentary: PBS Japan Memoirs of a Secret Empire

Written on 27 September 2011 by Guillaume Erard

Documentary: PBS Japan Memoirs of a Secret Empire

Back in 2004, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) aired a three-parts documentary on the history of Japan's opening to the outside world and subsequent closing under the Tokugawa rule until the re-o...

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Documentaries on Japan's Great Tohoku Earthquake

Written on 19 September 2011 by Guillaume Erard

Documentaries on Japan's Great Tohoku Earthquake

Besides being the fifth most powerful earthquake in the world overall since modern record-keeping began in 1900 with its magnitude of 9.0, the undersea mega-thrust earthquake that hit the Pacific coas...

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Scoring the music for a Japanese independent film

Written on 21 November 2009 by Guillaume Erard

Scoring the music for a Japanese independent film

Tokyo is really the place where everything happens. The sheer size of the city and its effervescence make it a very fertile ground for encounters and experiences. I had not been living in the Japanese...

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