The Niyodo River - A Synfony in Blue

The Niyodo River possesses an astonishing purity that recalls an age when nature played a larger role in the lives of the Japanese. The program takes viewers along a seasonal journey down the river.

Director: Taki Nishigawa

Freelance Director and Writer
Taki Nishigawa began her TV career in 1998 when she joined a production company near Tokyo and worked on public-relations programs for the regional government. In 2001, she joined the staff of the NHK Kochi Station, where she began working on local programs and on travelogues and other programs aired nationwide. In the spring of 2011, she became an assistant director on the project to feature Niyodo River; the cleanest body of water in all of Japan. She remains under contract to NHK.

Director: Yuki Saito

Yuki Saito joined NHK in 2006. He was initially based at a regional station in the city of Kochi, where he worked mainly on documentaries about people and nature. Since 2011, he has been based in Tokyo, where he directs programs about culture and welfare. He is currently working on a travelogue series that takes viewers on a journey around the world. Saito's standout projects include documentaries about Japan's Niyodo River, a floating village on Cambodia's Tonle Sap lake, international responses to the Fukushima nuclear accident, and the MIT Media Lab.

49 Min.
Director: Taki Nishigawa, Yuki Saito
Cinematography: Daisuke Semiya
Music: „Hasirimiz“ by Masakatsu Takagi
Narrator: Sonim
Editor: Naohiko Ikeda
Nominations: sh:z Audience Award 2013