Some of the works we are most proud of.
NHK - Back to the land
28-minute TV documentary - Feeling unfulfilled with life in the city, Itaru Watanabe quit his safe corporate job to follow his dream of opening a bakery in rural Japan. Risking it all, Itaru moves with his family to Chizu, in one of the most depopulated areas of Japan. The ageing town is desperate for new blood and welcomes the family. But life in the countryside is difficult, and success is elusive. He writes a book that becomes a hit with young urbanites that dream of a better life beyond the corporate rat race and start flocking to his bakery. Will Itaru find success in Chizu and help revitalize the battered economy of Japan's countryside?
CNN Digital - The rainbow gardens
Located just an hour's drive from Tokyo is the 23-acre Ashikaga Flower Park, home to over 350 brilliantly pastel-colored flowers including Japan's oldest and largest wisteria, which adorns an entire half-acre in bright hanging bulbs. The park is a year-round attraction, with seasonal plants that creates an ever-changing sense of magnificence, as nature puts on a show. All you need to do is wake up and smell the flowers.
CNN's Great Big Story (+3 million views)
In Japanese society, women are not traditionally trained to become sushi masters. Myths persist that women’s hands are too warm for raw fish, their makeup will block their sense of smell and their menstrual cycles affect their sense of taste. Nadeshiko Sushi is challenging all of that with Japan’s first and only all-female sushi restaurant in Tokyo. There, seven women prove it doesn’t take a man to make a mean sushi plate.
Girl Under the Sea
NHK World / 28-min TV Documentary The film follows three generations of Japanese women divers in one family, exposes the challenges of the trade, and highlights the sacrifices one young woman is making in her effort to keep the tradition alive.
VPRO - The Netherlands Award-winning documentary series that compares remarkable stories from the daily lives of citizens all over the world on various themes. Each episode is a quest for the similarities and differences between cultures in our world, that becomes smaller every day.
Tadao Ando Samurai Architect
NHK BS Premium, NHK World Tadao Ando is a world-renowned architect and the recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the profession's highest honor. He has captivated people around the globe with elegant concrete designs that reflect the Zen principle of simplicity. In sharp contrast to Ando's refined minimalist creations, the 73 year-old former boxer and self-taught architect has an aggressive personality, a sharp tongue and a unique sense of humor. These seemingly contradictory traits add to his appeal, and when combined with his disciplined work ethic and his keen aesthetic sense, they help to explain why he has been called the "Samurai Architect." This documentary follows Ando over a period of one year and unveils his creative process. Here is the definitive portrait of the man known as the Samurai Architect.
Taming the wild tuna
Wall Street Journal Live In 1970, scientists at Kinki University in Japan embarked on a quest to breed and grow Pacific bluefin tuna in captivity. Nearly a half-century later, they are on the verge of success. Cinematography
Still photography works
Wall Street Journal, United Nations
Documentary series - In development Would you eat bugs? More than 2 billion people are already doing it! Oxford investigator Charlotte Payne treks through Japanese forests and Congolese jungles with these creepy-crawly eaters, tracking down, cooking and feasting on organic insects. She wants to discover if eating these surprisingly nourishing bugs could help us deal with the growing crisis in obesity and malnutrition.
Rikuzentakata's miracle boat
Al Jazeera - News The 2011 tsunami sent a Japanese fishing boat from the devastated town of Rikuzentakata on a 13 month voyage across the Pacific. It reached the coasts of California in April 2013, where locals and students identified it, striped it of layers of barnacles and sent it back to Japan.
Hungry for Bugs
NHK World / 28-min TV Documentary Bugs are highly nutritious and can help fight world hunger. Some enthusiasts in Japan are trying to create a new trend out of an old tradition: bug cuisine. They hope their efforts will help revitalize a battered regional economy, as well as sustain astronauts on their future missions to Mars. These Japanese cuisine pioneers put their creativity to work in convincing people that bugs can not only be tasty but also environmentally friendly and a sustainable food source.
Keep me protected and warm
Promotional video for the University of Tokyo research project Eco-Island Initiative in Sado Island on the Sea of Japan.
Safer fisheries in Tanzania
United Nations Documentary about fisheries in Tanzania and the efforts of the Iceland-based United Nations Fisheries Training Programme to make fish safer in the East African country.
Fishing for development
United Nations University in Iceland Promotional campaign: a series of 3 videos showing the positive impact of Iceland's UN University Fisheries Training Program on improving fish handling and food safety in developing countries. Each video features the story of a participant in the training program, who is on a quest to find solutions to the problems faced by her home country.
Geothermal energy world
United Nations Documentary series about the global geothermal energy industry, including episodes on Iceland, Kenya and El Salvador.
Nepal's community forests
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies A documentary about the forest communities in Nepal. They have been managing their forests for more than 20 years with excellent results for the conservation of the environment.
Overcoming floods in the Philippines
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies A story of climate change adaptation and mitigation Elearning Video Series: Making Our Cities Climate Sensitive
Interviews with presidents, Nobel prize winners, CEOs and experts.
Central Asian stories
United Nations Documentary series about environmental issues in post-soviet Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
World Humanitarian Summit 2014
Promotional video and event coverage for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Alien Hunters in Indonesia
United Nations Environment Programme. This films shows the efforts to control alien species of plants in Indonesia's natural protected areas and plantations.
A sample of my photography work.
UN Convention on Biodiversity
Google Campaign to promote the UN Convention on Biodiversity meeting in Nagoya, Japan. 2010.
Land of the bees
United Nations Kyrgyz peasants revive the old craft of beekeeping to protect the environment.
Voices of the Chichinautzin
Broadcasted by Canal 22 (Mexico & US). Winner Sandcastle Award for Best Feature Docu- mentary - Moondance International Film Festival 2008 (US). Best Science and Technology Documentary - Festival de la Memoria 2008 (Mexico). Festival Internacional de Cine de Guadalajara 2009, Artivist Film Festival 2008.
United Nations The people living in the low-lying islands of Papua New Guinea are the first climate change refugees.
Nature's bounty and wisdom
Book of seasons in Kanazawa
Book of seasons in Kanazawa documentary.