Begin Japanology

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Begin Japanology is a Japanese television program aired on NHK World, and presented by Peter Barakan. It was first broadcast on October 5, 2007 in Japan[1] and beginning in other countries on March 14, 2008.[2] There are 7 seasons, totalling 285 episodes. The program explores aspects of traditional and contemporary Japan and interviews experts in various fields. The series premiered in 2003 under the title Weekend Japanology, and eventually developed into Begin Japanology and later Japanology Plus.[3] Japanology Plus has three presenters; Peter Barakan, Mat Alt, and Emma Howard. The show also has an occasional talk series called Japanophiles featuring interviews with foreigners doing activities in Japan.[4]

List of episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

# Name Air date
1 Bento April 14, 2008
2 Miyazawa Kenji April 21, 2008
3 Lacquerware April 28, 2008
4 Rakugo May 5, 2008
5 Tsukiji Market May 12, 2008
6 Yoshoku May 19, 2008
7 Kyudo May 26, 2008
8 Tea Ceremony Architecture June 2, 2008
9 Dagashi-ya June 9, 2008
10 Nihon Buyo June 16, 2008
11 Abacus June 23, 2008
12 Ryukyu Kimono June 30, 2008
13 Bamboo July 14, 2008
14 Shirakawa-go July 21, 2008
15 Fireworks July 28, 2008
16 hanging scrolls August 17, 2008
17 The Tale of Genji: Part 1 August 24, 2008
18 The Tale of Genji: Part 2 August 31, 2008
19 Matcha September 7, 2008
20 Tokyo Tower September 14, 2008
21 Dashi September 21, 2008
22 Oribe-yaki (pottery) September 28, 2008
23 The Colorful World of Utagawa Hiroshige October 5, 2008
24 The Seven Gods of Good Fortune October 12, 2008
25 Sushi October 19, 2008
26 Mikoshi (portable shrines) October 26, 2008
27 Yuzen Kimono November 2, 2008
28 Buddhist Statues November 9, 2008
29 Hot springs November 16, 2008
30 Fish November 23, 2008
31 Tatami (straw mats) December 1, 2008
32 Castles December 8, 2008
33 Miso December 15, 2008

Season 2[edit]

# Name Air Date
1 Nishijin-ori January 19, 2009
2 Kyoto Lacquerware January 26, 2009
3 Sake February 2, 2009
4 Katsura Rikyu February 9, 2009
5 Bonsai February 16, 2009
6 The Four Seasons February 23, 2009
7 Hina Dolls March 2, 2009
8 Nagasaki March 9, 2009
9 Five-Story Pagodas March 16, 2009
10 Cherry blossoms March 23, 2009
11 Chopsticks April 3, 2009
12 Aizome April 10, 2009
13 Bunraku April 17, 2009
14 Kiriko Cut Glass April 24, 2009
15 Traditional Folk Houses May 8, 2009
16 Tea Ceremony May 15, 2009
17 Soba May 22, 2009
18 Origami May 29, 2009
19 Imari Porcelain June 5, 2009
20 Folding Fan June 19, 2009
21 Kaiseki Cuisine July 10, 2009
22 The Sounds of Japan July 17, 2009
23 Masks July 24, 2009
24 Satoyama July 31, 2009
25 Kendo August 29, 2009
26 The Fragrances of Japan September 4, 2009
27 Spinning Tops September 11, 2009
28 Rock and Stone September 18, 2009
29 Ink Brushes September 25, 2009
30 Tsukemono October 2, 2009
31 Dogs October 9, 2009
32 Ramen October 16, 2009
33 Rice October 23, 2009
34 Shinto Shrine October 30, 2009
35 Festivals November 6, 2009
36 Shinkansen November 13, 2009
37 Gagaku November 20, 2009
38 Marriage November 27, 2009
39 Shogi December 4, 2009
40 Nabe Cuisine December 11, 2009
41 Sword December 18, 2009

Season 3[edit]

# Name Air Date
1 Sentou January 8, 2010
2 Karuta January 15, 2010
3 Taiko January 22, 2010
4 Cram School January 29, 2010
5 Light February 5, 2010
6 Footwear February 12, 2010
7 Monkey February 19, 2010
8 Soy Sauce February 26, 2010
9 Tuna March 5, 2010
10 Fusuma March 12, 2010
11 Pearl March 19, 2010
12 Todaiji April 2, 2010
13 School Lunches April 9, 2010
14 Geiko and Maiko April 16, 2010
15 Robots April 23, 2010
16 Wasabi April 30, 2010
17 Women's Fashion Magazines May 14, 2010
18 Izakaya May 21, 2010
19 Apartments and Condominiums May 28, 2010
20 Towns and Neighbourhoods June 11, 2010
21 Tempura June 18, 2010
22 Subways June 25, 2010
23 Hairstyles July 2, 2010
24 Home Appliances July 9, 2010
25 Roof Tiles July 16, 2010
26 Miniaturization July 23, 2010
27 Silk August 13, 2010
28 Soybeans August 20, 2010
29 Curry August 25, 2010
30 Dams September 3, 2010
31 Hotels September 10, 2010
32 Radio Calisthenics September 17, 2010
33 Ekiben September 24, 2010
34 Bridges October 8, 2010
35 Earthquakes October 15, 2010
36 Chrysanthemums October 22, 2010
37 Cameras November 4, 2010
38 Hiragana November 11, 2010
39 Udon November 18, 2010
40 Money November 25, 2010
41 Nishikigoi December 2, 2010
42 Volcanoes December 9, 2010
43 Firefighting December 16, 2010

Season 4[edit]

# Name Air Date
1 Mochi Rice Cake January 23, 2011
2 Watches and Clocks January 20, 2011
3 Fugu Blowfish January 27, 2011
4 Haneda Airport February 3, 2011
5 Kagura Dances February 10, 2011
6 Snow February 17, 2011
7 Pollen Allergy March 3, 2011
8 Sashimono Woodwork March 10, 2011
9 Cranes April 7, 2011
10 Kitchen Knives April 14, 2011
11 Fishing April 21, 2011
12 Armour April 28, 2011
13 Judo May 5, 2011
14 The Life of Taro Okamoto May 12, 2011
15 The Life of Osamu Dazai May 19, 2011
16 The Life of Kenzo Tange May 26, 2011
17 The Life of Hideko Maehata June 2, 2011
18 Toilets June 9, 2011
19 Lifts June 16, 2011
20 Motorcycles June 23, 2011
21 Unagi Eel June 30, 2011
22 Japanophiles – Ilan Yanizky July 7, 2011
23 Japanophiles – Silvain Guignard July 14, 2011
24 Japanophiles – Stéphane Danton July 21, 2011
25 Japanophiles – Dorothy Feibleman July 28, 2011
26 Plastic Food Samples August 18, 2011
27 Insects August 25, 2011
28 Traditional Japanese Mathematics September 1, 2011
29 Bicycles September 8, 2011
30 Chusonji September 15, 2011
31 Seaweed September 29, 2011
32 Charcoal October 6, 2011
33 Rain October 13, 2011
34 Golf October 20, 2011
35 Shipbuilding October 27, 2011
36 Japanophiles – Bruce Huebner November 3, 2011
37 Japanophiles – Muhō Noelke November 10, 2011
38 Japanophiles – Matt Alt November 17, 2011
39 Karaoke November 24, 2011
40 Holidays December 1, 2011
41 Red Sea Bream December 8, 2011
42 Shopping Streets December 15, 2011
43 Chickens and Eggs December 22, 2011

Season 5[edit]

# Name Air Date
1 Ekiden January 12, 2012
2 Batteries January 19, 2012
3 Cafes January 26, 2012
4 Hot Water Bottles and Pocket Warmers February 2, 2012
5 Ikebana February 9, 2012
6 Excavators February 16, 2012
7 Woods & Forests February 23, 2012
8 Japanophiles – Dhugal Lindsay March 1, 2012
9 Japanophiles – Richard Emmert March 8, 2012
10 Japanophiles – Art Lee March 15, 2012
11 Japanophiles – Philip Harper March 29, 2012
12 Kabuki April 5, 2012
13 Wild Vegetables April 12, 2012
14 Horses April 19, 2012
15 Massage Chairs April 26, 2012
16 Shikoku Pilgrimage May 3, 2012
17 Regional Fast Food May 10, 2012
18 Department Stores May 17, 2012
19 Kimonos May 24, 2012
20 Aquariums June 7, 2012
21 Confectionery June 14, 2012
22 Dolls June 21, 2012
23 Moss July 5, 2012
24 High School Baseball July 12, 2012
25 Planetariums July 19, 2012
26 Japanophiles – Adam Booth August 16, 2012
27 Japanophiles – Dave Spector August 23, 2012
28 Japanophiles – Euan Craig August 30, 2012
29 Shamisen September 6, 2012
30 Crested Ibises September 13, 2012
31 Abalone September 20, 2012
32 Tokyo Station October 4, 2012
33 Tokyo Skytree October 11, 2012
34 Tokyo Bay October 18, 2012
35 Potatoes, Taros, and Yams November 1, 2012
36 Name Seals November 8, 2012
37 Mushrooms November 15, 2012
38 Vending Machines November 22, 2012
39 Scissors December 6, 2012
40 Satsuma Mandarins December 13, 2012
41 Gift-giving December 20, 2012
42 Mapping Kyoto Streets December 27, 2012

Season 6[edit]

# Name Air Date
1 Sumo January 10, 2013
2 Bathroom Scales January 17, 2013
3 Enka January 24, 2013
4 Small Factories January 31, 2013
5 Japanophiles – Azby Brown February 7, 2013
6 Japanophiles – Ernst Seiler February 14, 2013
7 Japanophiles – Yasokichi Konishiki February 21, 2013
8 Ume Plums March 7, 2013
9 Storehouses March 14, 2013
10 Wagyu March 21, 2013
11 Uniforms April 4, 2013
12 Rice Cookers April 11, 2013
13 Burial Mounds April 18, 2013
14 Stationery April 25, 2013
15 Bread May 2, 2013
16 Pine Trees May 9, 2013
17 Parcel Delivery May 16, 2013
18 Pro Wrestling May 23, 2013
19 Strawberries May 30, 2013
20 Calculators June 13, 2013
21 Television June 27, 2013
22 Lake Biwa July 4, 2013
23 Expressways July 11, 2013
24 Beer July 18, 2013
25 Japanophiles – Mike Harris August 1, 2013
26 Japanophiles – Karl Bengs August 8, 2013
27 Japanophiles – Kenny Omega August 15, 2013
28 Shakuhachi September 5, 2013
29 Convenience Stores September 12, 2013
30 Used Books September 19, 2013
31 Women's Nylons October 3, 2013
32 Remote Islands October 10, 2013
33 Characters and Mascots October 17, 2013
34 Grapes October 24, 2013
35 Makeup November 7, 2013
36 Ukiyo-e November 14, 2013
37 Buses November 21, 2013
38 Parties and Gatherings December 5, 2013
39 Conveyor Belt Sushi December 12, 2013
40 Pets December 19, 2013


Season 7[edit]

# Name Air Date
1 Persimmons January 9, 2014
2 Nighttime Scenery January 16, 2014
3 Ise Jingu January 23, 2014
4 K-cars January 30, 2014
5 Japanophiles – Nancy Singleton Hachisu February 13, 2014
6 Japanophiles – Chris Hart February 20, 2014
7 Japanophiles – Rogier Uitenboogaart February 27, 2014
8 Railways March 6, 2014
9 Pianos March 13, 2014
10 Squid March 20, 2014
11 Bathhouses April 3, 2014
12 Ramen April 10, 2014
13 Mt. Fuji April 17, 2014
14 Shogi April 24, 2014
15 Cherry Trees May 1, 2014
16 Akihabara May 8, 2014
17 Wagashi May 15, 2014
18 Ninja May 22, 2014
19 Rice May 29, 2014
20 Castles June 5, 2014
21 Japanophiles – Elizabeth Suzuki July 3, 2014
22 Japanophiles – Everett Kennedy Brown July 10, 2014
23 Japanophiles – Carolin Eckhardt July 17, 2014
24 Karaoke Boxes August 7, 2014
25 Bento August 14, 2014
26 Bamboo August 21, 2014
27 Taiko Drums September 4, 2014
28 Tsukiji Market September 11, 2014
29 Festivals September 18, 2014
30 Japanese Gardens September 25, 2014
31 Origami October 2, 2014
32 Buddhist Statues October 9, 2014
33 Yokai October 16, 2014
34 Shinkansen October 23, 2014
35 Lessons for Life November 6, 2014
36 Robots November 13, 2014
37 Sports Days November 20, 2014
38 Bonsai December 4, 2014
39 Sushi December 11, 2014
40 Geisha December 18, 2014
41 Japanophiles – Bartholomeus Greb 2016-01-08
42 Japanophiles – Ivan Vartanian 2016-01-15
43 Japanophiles – Alex Bennett 2016-01-21
44 The Seikan Tunnel 2016-02-05
45 Snow Country 2016-02-12
46 Comedy 2016-02-19
47 Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway 2016-04-02
48 A Season of Change 2016-04-16
49 Waste and Recycling 2016-04-23
50 Period Dramas 2016-04-30
51 The Weight Loss Industry 2016-05-07
52 Dams 2016-05-14
53 Izakaya 2016-05-28

References[edit]

  1. ^ Begin Japanology on IMDb
  2. ^ "Begin Japanology". TheTVDB.com.
  3. ^ "About Japanology Plus – TV – NHK World – English". NHK World. NHK. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  4. ^ Corporation), NHK (Japan Broadcasting. "ABOUT | Japanology Plus – TV – NHK WORLD – English". /nhkworld/en/tv/japanologyplus/. Retrieved February 10, 2019.

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