Tokyo: Culture vibes in Japan's new era
When people think of Japan they often think of harmony, tranquility and rules but also manga, Hello Kitty, Pokémon and rainbows. Cuteness, which translates as "kawaii" in Japanese, has become Japan's worldwide image. But the host country of the 2020 summer Olympics has so much more to offer. FRANCE 24's culture editor Eve Jackson takes viewers to Tokyo to check out the vibrant cultural scene in the world's largest city.
During this half-hour documentary, she learns about the reality of kawaii culture, the changing image of women in manga and meets the revered actors of Kabuki theatre.
She also speaks to one of Japan's most famous contemporary artists, Makoto Aida, and attends a Godzilla festival alongside thousands of fans to celebrate the monster's 65th birthday.
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The music for the sequence filmed in Shibuya was composed by Francesco Tristano.
TOKYO PUNK photographs by Chris Low.
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Timelapse was used for the first shot and the last 30 seconds of the show with the project teamLab.
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Editor's note: Regarding the interview of mangaka Akane Torikai, his editor told her that he would prefer that she made the main character a girl that is 24 years old and not younger than 24 like viewers can hear in the show.
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