Big In Japan



Ricky Baizas remembers “Japan Video Topics”, that TV show in IBC 13 that featured short documentaries about Japanese culture. The word, “prefecture”, was often heard in the voice over. “Here, at the Takagura prefecture…”

These features would air either in the early afternoon or as fillers between shows. They are perfectly shot and impeccably written and gave you the impression that Japan is very clean and orderly. The monotonous voice over can get hypnotic and one could find themselves glued to the screen for almost an hour learning about bonsai trees or tea ceremonies.

It’s a wonder how many of these were produced since they never seem to run out of episodes. There’s always something new. One would often get peeved when the show ends because you wish that they went on forever.

*Image lifted from Nick Ballesteros’s blog.  Read his article about Japan Video Topics here.

4 thoughts on “Big In Japan

  1. They’re called Begin Japanology now. I loved that show. I remember before they show a wate filter made of clay balls, a plastic recycler garbage truck and a lense that look like a stick for macro photography.

  2. All of my memories are coming back… I’ve been watching that particular show on IBC back when i was two or three years while where still living in my aunt’s apartment in Manila… 😌😌😌. Good times indeed!

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