1. Handmade Portraits: The Sword Maker


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    As one of Japan's last remaining swordsmiths, Korehira Watanabe has honed his craft for 40 years while attempting to recreate the mythical Koto sword. Read the Etsy blog post: etsy.me/theswordmaker. Music by: MONO http://www.monoishere.com Courtesy of Temporary Residence Ltd. http://temporaryresidence.com

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    • Film One: Harry (Archer & Bowyer)


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      This is the first in a series of portrait films by director Dylan Ryan Byrne. The idea behind the series is to explore what lies behind people’s passions and what shapes their unique take on life.
 Film One explores the craft and philosophy behind bow making and archery with Ireland’s champion traditional archer, Harry. 
Harry's preferred bow is the Fusetake Yumi (Japanese bamboo backed longbow), the film follows the process of him making this bow in his workshop which lies in the depths of the Irish countryside.

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      • Glimpses of Tokyo 2012 - 2013


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        All footage was taken with an iPhone 4S from March 2012 to April 2013. Enjoy the virtual Tokyo tour! http://youtube.com/user/ohayuni71 --Visit for more videos-- -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- Music by DOVA SYNDROME http://dova-s.jp/ 雅楽と電子楽器:http://dova-s.jp/bgm/play246.html

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        • The Birth of Saké


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          The official trailer for Birth of Saké. The Birth of Saké is a documentary film about the workers and production seasons at Tedorigawa, a fifth-generation, family-owned sake brewery in Ishikawa, Japan. Tedorigawa has been producing some of the world’s top award winning sakés since 1870, and still relies on time-honored techniques to hand craft sake in a traditional way. You can help contribute and find more information about our project on our Kickstarter page: http://kck.st/14D733L

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          • A Closer Look at Japanese Animation & Life


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            Stanford Japan Study Abroad Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP) in Kyoto, Winter 2013 OSPKYOTO 64: Japanese Popular Culture Professor Sally McLaren 5-Unit Extra Film Project March 11, 2013 Personal Blog: http://danielcliem.tumblr.com -- ABOUT: Comparing specifically film and animation works between Miyazaki Hayao & Shinkai Makoto, discovering how they use and encompass Japanese culture, beauty, and lifestyle to bring their hand-drawn movies to life. In this 12 minute video, I hope to portray the beautiful world that is Japan today, and how many artists and film directors alike draw inspiration and ideas to produce wonderful works of art - all of which could be watched today. -- CREDITS: Film and Directed by: Daniel C. Liem 3 Interviewees: David Calica - Stanford '15 伊織さん (Iori-san) - Host Family Sister Shin Ando - Kyoto Prefectural University Video Clips by: Miyazaki Hayao & Shinkai Makoto Music by: 5Cm Per Second & Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し) Soundtracks Assistance: David Calica - for letting me borrow his Mac Air for production Recorded on: Canon DSLR EOS T3 Rebel Series

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            • JAPAN


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              A holiday documentary about my 3 weeks journey to Japan which I did in 2012. It leaves me with many incredible memories and desire to know more about this wonderfully colorful, traditional, mad, fast and never tiring country. Japanese Drums: Tomoe-Ryu Yutakadaiko (Shuttsuujin - Departure of the Front) Tribute to the White Mountain - Relax Around the World Studio

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              • Japanese Lucky Rake Fair with Many Stalls at Kawaguchi Shrine [iPhone 4S/HD]


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                youtube.com/user/ohayuni71 --Visit for more videos-- From November to December, many 'lucky rake fairs' are held at shrines around Japan. People visit a fair to get a decorated bamboo rake, which, it is said, has a charm to gather luck. Tori-no-Ichi, that takes place at Otori Shrine in Asakusa, Tokyo in November, is the most well-known rake fair. There is also a large fair called Okame-Ichi in my city Kawaguchi. It is held at Kawaguchi Shrine, the guardian god of the city, every December 15th. The street, leading you from Kawaguchi Station to the shrine, is lined by 600 food stalls and entertainment stalls, while the precincts of the shrine are dominated by rake stalls. The area bustles with numerous people exploring stalls, buying a rake and worshiping at the shrine on the winter day. - Shot in 1080p full HD with an iPhone 4S on Dec. 15th, 2012

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                • Awaodori Koenji 2012


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                  Tokyo Koenji Awaodori Dance Festival is held annually on the last Saturday and Sunday of August. About 188 groups(ren), 12,000 dancers perform Awa dance to lively music and parade through the nine routes set up along the shotengai(shopping promenades), located on both north and south side of JR Koenji Station, and Konan Street of the south. Koenji Awaodori is the second largest of all the Awaodori festivals held throughout Japan, following the one in Tokushima. It also highlights the summer of Tokyo as one of the three largest summer festivals of the area, together with Sumida River Fireworks Festival and Asakusa Samba Carnival. http://en.koenji-awaodori.com/

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                  • Tokyo 2012 ~Spring and Summer~ [iPhone 4S/HD]


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                    http://www.youtube.com/user/ohayuni71 --Visit for more videos-- All footage was taken with an iPhone 4S from March to August 2012. I wanted to make a video that makes you feel like you were traveling in Tokyo. This is why I created this video, a kind of summary of my footage taken for my YouTube channel in one of the largest capitals in the world and a few surrounding cities. I am happy if you enjoy the virtual travel. I will keep on making videos about Tokyo and Japan for sure. :) -*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- Music by DOVA SYNDROME http://dova-s.jp/ 1. APRIL:http://dova-s.jp/bgm/play173.html 2. 微熱:http://dova-s.jp/bgm/play142.html 3. 星の降り積もる街:http://dova-s.jp/bgm/play084.html

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                    • Video Haiku | Moment of Calm


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                      Here is a short film, an homage to nature, and moments of tranquility and calm. I was looking to unplug the viewer from the intensity, speed, and stresses of todays techo-society. Before I lived in Japan this music was an early introduction to me of the beauty and depth in Japanese traditional music, scroll-painting and haiku. The musicians are truly extraordinary, Tony Scott, clarinet, Shinichi Yuize, Koto, and Hozan Yamamoto, Shakuhachi. This improvisation was a very early effort, pioneering the fusion of instruments, and was recorded in 1964 in Japan. Give it a minute to load and turn up your speakers. ‘Moment of Calm’ was filmed around my studio near Seattle, November 2009. I welcome your comments.

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