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Begin Japanology 

Join on a fascinating exploration of Japan, a country brimming with culture and history, as we immerse ourselves into a plethora of diverse topics and aspects of both traditional and contemporary Japan.




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In this fascinating exploration of Japan with British Peter Barakan as the honourable host, every episode of Begin Japanology and Japanology Plus offers fresh and deep insight about the arts, the colourful lifestyles, the customs and habits of a country brimming with culture and history. As we immerse ourselves into a plethora of diverse topics and aspects of both traditional and contemporary Japan, ranging from culinary delights to modern art and from Japan's stunningly beautiful nature to its astonishing technological achievements and everything in between, one thing is for certain: you are bound to love this ancient, yet beauteous and utterly seductive land. Written by Nick Riganas

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5 October 2007 (Japan) See more »

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Peter Barakan is a dj outside of Begin Japanology . See more »


Edited into Trad Japan (2009) See more »


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Performed by Yoshida Brothers
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Absolutely fascinating and a joy to watch
14 March 2011 | by chris-m-tewSee all my reviews

This is a weekly documentary which covers a different topic about Japans culture and history each week. Presented and narrated by Peter Barakan, every episode is full of information and delves deep into every nook and cranny (or as much as it can do in 30 minutes) of the subject matter. Not only is it informative but it is also very engaging and I found myself drinking less cups of tea because I would rather wait until it had finished than pause it. It is one of the best documentary series I have seen in a long time, so if you have any interest in Japan and its culture then you owe it to yourself to check it out. 10/10

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