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Tokaido (documentary)

09/30/09

Tokaido (documentary)

  10:52:50 am, Categories: Japan , Tags: canvas, documentary, japan, tokaido

Ando Hiroshige's woodblock print of the 11th stop, Hakone, on the Tokaido
The Tokaido road was the most important road in Japan since hundreds of years and it still is to this day, although in many different forms. It was the road between the ruling capital Edo (now Tokyo) and the imperial capital Kyoto.
The Belgian national TV's cultural channel CANVAS has made a documentary (called "Tokaido") focusing on the old Tokaido road and what is left of it. They are using old drawing made by famous artist Ando Hiroshige from 1832 and follow all the 53 stops on the Tokaido and compare his 53 drawings with the current situation. During the course of the documentary, they also show different aspects of Japanese society which may be unknown to western people.
It is a very interesting 10-part documentary which has just ended its broadcast but will likely be rerun again. But the makers would like to make a DVD release of this documetary and are looking to see if there is enough interest to make it. The DVD would probably have the original english voice in stead of the dutch voice which was shown on TV, making it easier for international distribution.

Official site: http://multiblog.vrt.be/canvasprogrammas/category/tokaido/tokaido-deze-week/
Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=140668917965

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Is this tv-series available on cd.? If yes, please info how to order and what price?

07/26/10 @ 00:18

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