Documentary

Featured Programs

©NHK
12/ 3 (Sat) 8:30PM(ET) /5:30PM(PT)
Tan Tan's Diary: We just Want you to Stay Relaxed as Usual, A 27-year-old granny panda Tan Tan, who came to the Kobe Oji Zoo in Hyogo Prefecture from China 20 years ago, got a serious heart disease last year. The zoo keepers, seeing her health condition gets worse day by day, are forced to choose the treatment that has never undertaken even in her home country, China. This documentary follows Tan Tan and her keepers who stay with her through the 500 days fight against the disease.

©NHK
Supports for Children with Developmental Disabilities
12/ 3 (Sat) 10:00PM(ET) /7:00PM(PT)
Do you have a favorite thing that you are passionate about? Children with developmental disabilities who are crazy about their favorite things teach us importance of “likes”. This program closes in on these 4 elementary and junior high school students and listen to their straight voices. Through supports for children with developmental disabilities, think about tips on how to live and child-rearing that are needed in the future.

©NHK
Shizuoka
12/ 4 (Sun) 7:10PM(ET) /4:10PM(PT)
Comedian Tamori takes you on a tour to offer a glimpse of history hidden in modern scenes.

DANGER RANGER
12/ 4 (Sun) 8:47PM(ET) /5:47PM(PT)

©NHK
Humanity vs. Wildfires
12/ 4 (Sun) 10:00PM(ET) /7:00PM(PT)
Wildfires are closely linked to the climate change and global heating. UNEP has warned that if the situation continues, the number of wildfires will rise to 57% by 2100. NHK crew closely follows CAL FIRE (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) and a local firefighter team in California, U.S.A, one of the world’s most fire-prone areas, and reports at forefront of the fight against huge fires. The program also unravels the scientific mechanisms that cause huge fires and explores ways to control them.

©NHK
Documentary and drama series that discover the dramatic women who ushered in a new era, and features up-and-coming actresses who play them.

©NHK
Japan is consisted of more than 6800 islands. This is a variety program exploring isolated islands where only a few families live in. Looking at local people’s daily lives, it discovers unknown history of the islands and the reasons why they settled down there.

©テレビ東京
12/ 9 (Fri) 11:15PM(ET) /8:15PM(PT)
The topics in Japanese economy that the news won’t cover are explored by Ryu Murakami, Eiko Koike and a variety of entrepreneurs. This is a talk show for mature audiences hosted by a novelist Ryu Murakami and an actress Eiko Koike. The personal stories and life philosophies told by these great entrepreneurs themselves are sure to give a new insight to life.

©NHK
Ptarmigan
12/ 10 (Sat) 6:45PM(ET) /3:45PM(PT)
The series explores the amazing stories of animals in Africa, the Americas and Asia, including Japan.

©NHK NHKユニ
12/ 10 (Sat) 10:00PM(ET) /7:00PM(PT)

©NHK
Nebuta Festival
12/ 13 (Tue) 11:15PM(ET) /8:15PM(PT)

©NHK
"Handmade Soba Noodles"
12/ 16 (Fri) 10:00PM(ET) /7:00PM(PT)
How wonderful if the famous chefs of different restaurants gather and hold a private banquet! This program makes such amazing dream banquets come true.

©NHK

©NHK
"Pork Cutlet"
12/ 23 (Fri) 10:00PM(ET) /7:00PM(PT)

©テレビ東京
12/ 23 (Fri) 11:15PM(ET) /8:15PM(PT)
This program reveals current social and business topics in Japan.

©NHK
YOSHIKI Special
12/ 24 (Sat) 7:15PM(ET) /4:15PM(PT)

©NHK
12/ 30 (Fri) 7:30PM(ET) /4:30PM(PT)
Japanese vocal group the Gospellers, who are echo enthusiasts, visit places around Japan with unique echoes, and recognize them as “Echo Heritage”. This time, they travel to the Lake Biwa Canal, Toji Temple, and former Butokuden hall in Kyoto, and sing famous Japanese songs!

©NHK
Unsolved Cases
12/ 30 (Fri) 10:00PM(ET) /7:00PM(PT)

Regulary Aired Programs

Asia Insight
©NHK
Wed
 
6:30~7:00AM(ET) /3:30~4:00AM(PT)
Journeys in Japan
©NHK
Thu
 
6:30~7:00AM(ET) /3:30~4:00AM(PT)
NHK Special
©NHK
SunSat
 
10:00~11:00PM(ET) /7:00~8:00PM(PT)
SunMon
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RE 5:10~6:00AM(ET) /2:10~3:00AM(PT)
Haiku Poetry
©NHK
Tue
 
6:30~7:00AM(ET) /3:30~4:00AM(PT)
Tanka Poetry
©NHK
Mon
 
6:30~7:00AM(ET) /3:30~4:00AM(PT)
no art,no life
Thu
 
1:50~2:00AM(ET) /10:50~11:00PM(PT)
Where We Call Home
Sun
 
12:05~12:35AM(ET) /9:05~9:35PM(PT)
Sat
RE
RE 5:05~5:35AM(ET) /2:05~2:35AM(PT)
Natural Grandeur of the East
©NHK
Sun
 
8:15~8:30AM(ET) /5:15~5:30AM(PT)
Journey of the Heart Across Japan
©NHK
Sun
 
11:00~12:05AM(ET) /8:00~9:05AM(PT)
Mon
RE
RE 4:00~5:00AM(ET) /1:00~2:00AM(PT)
The Cats Eye Museum
Mon
 
10:15~10:30AM(ET) /7:15~7:30AM(PT)
Sun
RE
RE 1:00~1:15AM(ET) /10:00~10:15PM(PT)
Haru's Weekend at Japanese Old House Cafe
©NHK
Sun
 
12:35~1:00AM(ET) /9:35~10:00PM(PT)
RYU'S TALKING LIVE
©テレビ東京
Fri
 
11:15~12:00PM(ET) /8:15~9:00PM(PT)
Sat
RE
RE 8:20~9:00AM(ET) /5:20~6:00AM(PT)
DAWN OF GAIA
©TV TOKYO
Fri
 
11:15~12:00PM(ET) /8:15~9:00PM(PT)
Sat
RE
RE 8:20~9:00AM(ET) /5:20~6:00AM(PT)
Today's Close-up
MonTueWed
 
9:00~9:30AM(ET) /6:00~6:30AM(PT)
SCIENCE ZERO
©NHK
Tue
 
4:00~4:30PM(ET) /1:00~1:30PM(PT)
Darwin's Amazing Animals
©NHK
Sat
 
6:45~7:15PM(ET) /3:45~4:15PM(PT)
Documentary: 20 Minutes
Sat
 
9:35~10:00AM(ET) /6:35~7:00AM(PT)
Thu
RE
RE 4:40~5:00AM(ET) /1:40~2:00AM(PT)
Three Days, Three Nights
©NHK
Fri
 
12:00~12:30AM(ET) /9:00~9:30PM(PT)
Leisurely Railway Journey Across Japan
©NHK
Wed
 
4:00~4:30PM(ET) /1:00~1:30PM(PT)
The Birth of Heroines! Dramatic Women
Mon
 
11:15~11:50PM(ET) /8:15~8:50PM(PT)
Fri
RE
RE 12:30~1:00PM(ET) /9:30~10:00AM(PT)
Family History
Mon
 
8:00~8:50PM(ET) /5:00~5:50PM(PT)
Sat
RE
RE 2:15~3:00AM(ET) /11:15~12:00AM(PT)
Strolling with Tamori
©NHK
Sun
 
7:10~8:00PM(ET) /4:10~5:00PM(PT)
Mon
RE
RE 1:00~1:45AM(ET) /10:00~10:45PM(PT)
City-Scope
Tue
 
10:15~10:30AM(ET) /7:15~7:30AM(PT)
Somewhere Street
©NHK
Sat
 
2:00~3:00PM(ET) /11:00~12:00PM(PT)
The Fountain of Ancient Wisdom
©NHK
Wed
 
12:05~12:55AM(ET) /9:05~9:55PM(PT)
Gentle Journeys
©NHK
Sun
 
7:30~8:00AM(ET) /4:30~5:00AM(PT)
Wildlife Photographer Mitsuaki Iwago's World "Cats" Travelogue Mini
Wed
 
8:40~8:55PM(ET) /5:40~5:55PM(PT)
Sat
RE
RE 1:45~2:00AM(ET) /10:45~11:00PM(PT)
Ideas to Protect Ourselves from Disasters
©NHK
Sun
 
10:10~11:00AM(ET) /7:10~8:00AM(PT)
History Detective
©NHK
Thu
 
12:05~12:55AM(ET) /9:05~9:55PM(PT)
Fri
RE
RE 5:05~6:00AM(ET) /2:05~3:00AM(PT)
Hiei No Hikari / Light of Life
Sun
 
2:50~3:05PM(ET) /11:50~12:05PM(PT)
The Last Families in Isolated Islands
Tue
 
8:55~9:45PM(ET) /5:55~6:45PM(PT)
Wed
RE
RE 4:00~4:45AM(ET) /1:00~1:45AM(PT)
Tokyo Local Information NETADORI!
©NHK
Fri
 
9:00~9:30AM(ET) /6:00~6:30AM(PT)
100-Camera Stories
©NHK
Tue
 
11:15~11:50PM(ET) /8:15~8:50PM(PT)
Thu
RE
RE 9:00~9:30AM(ET) /6:00~6:30AM(PT)
Core Kyoto
©NHK
Fri
 
6:30~7:00AM(ET) /3:30~4:00AM(PT)
Dear Japan
©NHK
Sat
 
12:35~1:00PM(ET) /9:35~10:00AM(PT)
Sun
RE
RE 4:35~5:00AM(ET) /1:35~2:00AM(PT)

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