The Portrait of an Island: BULL SUMO
Among the Amami Islands of Kagoshima Prefecture is an island that’s expected to become a world heritage site. This island has a long history of bullfighting. Unlike the bullfights of Europe, here on Tokunoshima bovine and human team together to take on their opponents.
The handlers spend every moment they can with the bulls, developing a close relationship. The title matches, held a few times a year, fill the island with an air of excitement. This is the story of Mamoru Higashida championship title holder for the mini-lightweight class.
Colour Photos of Yakuza Tattoos from the Meiji Period
19th-century photographs have captured the usually hidden tattoos that covered the bodies of the members of Japanese organised crime gangs.
Recipe for Ichiraku Ramen from ‘Naruto’ by Danielle Baghernejad
Taken from the popular manga with the character of the same name who loves ramen, this dish is named after the hero's favourite restaurant.
The Tattoos that Marked the Criminals of the Edo Period
Traditional tattoos were strong signifiers; murderers had head tattoos, while theft might result in an arm tattoo.
Hayao Miyazaki, the Man Who Adored Women
The renowned director places strong female characters at the heart of his work, characters who defy the clichés rife in animated films.
A Documentary Examining Daido Moriyama's Photographs
This feature film sketches a portrait of the Japanese photographer while following the reprinting process for one of his first books.