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Japan: Earth's Enchanted Islands

Japan: Earth's Enchanted Islands
Alt=series title with a pair of Red Crowned Crane
Also known as Japan
Genre Nature documentary
Narrated by Michelle Dockery
Composer(s) Benji Merrison
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 3
Production
Executive producer(s) Tim Martin
James Honeyborne
Producer(s) Mary Summerill
Location(s) Japan
Running time 58-59 minutes
Production company(s) BBC
NHK
National Geographic Channel
co-production
Release
Original channel BBC Two
BBC Two HD
Picture format HD: 1080i / 1080p
Original release 8 June 2015 (2015-06-08) – 22 June 2015 (2015-06-22)
Chronology
Preceded by Alaska: Earth's Frozen Kingdom
Followed by Patagonia: Earth's Secret Paradise
External links
BBC website

Japan: Earth's Enchanted Islands is a nature documentary series exploring the landscapes and wildlife of Japan. It was narrated by Michelle Dockery[1] and was co-produced by the BBC Natural History Unit, NHK and National Geographic Channel. The series was broadcast in three parts in the United Kingdom, where it premiered in June 2015 on BBC Two and BBC Two HD.

Contents

  • Episodes 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Episodes

Episode Title Produced and directed by Original air date
1 "Honshu" Gavin Maxwell 8 June 2015 (2015-06-08)
Honshu is Japan's largest island, where over 100 million people live in an area 1/6 size of France. The landscape is the most extreme of approximately 6800 Japanese islands, with some of the coldest and snowiest places in the whole of Japan in the north around Aomori or in the central Japanese ‘Alps’. It also has some of the highest recorded summer temperatures during the humid spell of July and August, when the rains that previously fell during the short June rainy season cease. In these areas are found black bears, serow and macaques while in cities like Tokyo, a raccoon dog, called a Tanuki can be found.
2 "The Southwest Islands" David Marks 15 June 2015 (2015-06-15)
The islands comprise the fourth-largest island, Kyushu, and all the small islands beyond including the most populous, Okinawa, to Yonaguni which lies only 80km from Taiwan. Kyushu has the most active volcano in Japan, Sakurajima. Surrounded by mineral rich soil, giant vegetables are grown and people lie in the sand heated ground. Yakushima, the next island, has thousand-year-old cedar tree forests that have UNESCO world heritage status. This island is home to a Seka deer and Macaque population of 10,000 each. Okinawa has the Iriomote mangroves and forests, where the Iriomote cat as well as some of the world’s smallest wild boar can be found and on the beaches green turtles.
3 "Hokkaido" Susie Painter 22 June 2015 (2015-06-22)
Hokkaido is the large island to the north separated from the rest of Japan by a deep ocean trench. Once connected to Siberia, the wildlife, brown bears, chipmunks, and others, crossed to the island before the last ice-age melted, severing the land. The island was controlled by the indigenous Ainu people until Japanese settlers in the nineteenth century made the island the bread basket of Japan, growing wheat, potatoes, maize, and lavender in the few hot months of summer. Sika deer and red-crowned cranes hang about the fields looking for a meal.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Michelle Dockery Bio". TV Guide. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 

External links


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