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|Genre||geography, geology, earth science|
|Theme music composer||Yōsui Inoue|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Original network||NHK General TV|
|Original release||2008 – present|
Bura Tamori (ブラタモリ, sometimes stylized as "BURATAMORI")）is a Japanese weekly geological TV series broadcast domestically on NHK General Television and internationally on NHK World Premium hosted by Tamori. It was launched in 2008.
In the program, Tamori, accompanied by NHK's female broadcaster, strolls Japan's city or area with professional or amateur geologists, local historians or curators, and explores the place's terrain features and geological changes, as well as its history, culture and civil engineering.
The first three series of the program were broadcast late at night, where Tamori could visit only within the Tokyo Metropolitan Area or at its vicinity as he was extremely busy with hosting the TV program Waratte Iitomo! every weekday. In the Series 4, it became a regular program to be aired on Saturdays from 7:30–8:15 p.m., covering nationwide. Its viewership these days has been constantly over 10% since 2015, which is contributing to the program being one of NHK's highest viewership programs.
The pilot version of the program was broadcast on December 14, 2008, from 0:20–1:03 a.m. JST, and the regular series began airing from 10:00 –10:43 p.m. JST on October 1, 2009. The series had 15 episodes broadcast every Thursday until March 11, 2010. Yuka Kubota became assistant.
The second series, with 48 minutes each, began on October 7, 2010 and ended on March 31, 2011. It had 22 episodes.
The third series was broadcast from November 10, 2011 to April 5, 2012 with 19 episodes.
The fourth series was planned after Tamori resigned from his daily Fuji TV variety show Waratte Iitomo! in March 2014. NHK spokesman announced on January 21, 2015 that the new series would start airing again and Tamori would visit places outside Tokyo. The pilot episode was broadcast on January 6, 2015. Nachiko Shudo was occasional assistant of the episode. The regular series began airing on April 11, 2015. Each episode has 45 minutes, on Saturdays from 7:30–8:15 p.m. JST. Maho Kuwako served as next assistant until she handed over to Yurie Omi in April 2016.
- Tamori — host
- Risa Hayashida — assistant
- Tsuyoshi Kusanagi — narrator
- Yōsui Inoue — theme music composer
- May 11, 2011: The Association of Japanese Geographers Award
- September 29, 2015: Good Design Award 2015
- June 2, 2016: The 53rd Galaxy Award
- June 8, 2016: Hoso Bunka Foundation Award
- June 16, 2017: The Geological Society Award
- March 15, 2018: FY2017 Geotechnical Engineering Contribution Award
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- The pilot version was broadcast also worldwide on NHK World Premium on December 30, 2015, from 0:15–0:58 p.m. JST.
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