Wild Japan-The Wonders of Abundant Waters

This two-part series explores the natural miracles of the Japanese islands. Part two focuses on the Japanese ocean waters, that are the most biodiverse in the world, with about 34,000 species. These constitute about 15% of all marine species worldwide. This abundance results from unusual geological conditions, an underwater conveyor-belt carrying nutrients from Russian waters and a unique confluence of cold and warm currents. The film's extraordinary insights into Japanese waters cover three years.


Director: Keishiro Kitamura

Director: Yasuhiro Adachi

Yasuhiro Adachi joined NHK in 1999 and was initially based in Sapporo, where he produced many documentaries about the wildlife and natural environment of Hokkaido and Russia. In 2004, he transferred to Tokyo, where he began making programs examining health, food, and other issues from a scientific viewpoint. Since a posting to affiliate NHK Enterprises, he has been making programs on aspects of nature that people can encounter in daily life.

58 Min.
Director: Keishiro Kitamura, Yasuhiro Adachi
Script: Yasuhiro Adachi, Keishiro Kitamura
Cinematography: Hideyuki Takaoka, Takamitsu Nagai, Masashi Wada
Editing: Mitsunori Morimoto
Music: Yu Takami, Masaru Yokoyama
Narrator: Takaya Kamikawa
Editor: Gen Sasaki, Hiromichi Iwasaki, Kazuhiro Kitano, Ryoji Ishida
Nominations: Best Marine Film 2011
Website URL: www.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/