Roger Nichols & The Small Circle of Friends
・With A Little Help From My Friends
・Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
The Amazing Electric Phin – Thailand
NHK WORLD 2018年6月8日（金）10:30 – 11:00 , 16:30 – 17:00 , 19:30 – 20:00 , 9日（土）4:30 – 5:00
The electric phin — a modern adaption of a traditional stringed instrument — is an essential part of any festivity in the villages of northeast Thailand. Inspired by the introduction of American music during the Vietnam War, electric phin bands offer a unique — some say psychedelic — take on folk culture. We look at the history of the instrument, and the pioneering musicians who hooked up a song-and-dance revolution.
The ninja art of escape, or tonsojutsu, frequently took advantage of the human psyche. We examine some ninja tactics and get a psychologist’s perspective on them. In the latter half, we recreate a torinoko, a ninja tool that frequently appears in pop culture. Using the sparse information available, we experiment with varying blend ratios to smoke out the ninja truth.
While the ninja moved unseen throughout Japan, Iga, in present-day Mie Prefecture, has been called the birthplace of the ninja arts. Join Chris Glenn and Professor Yuji Yamada as they explore Iga and trace the Iga people’s journey from armed farmers who absorbed Shugendo teachings to their emergence as ninja.
In the latter half, they visit sites related to the Tensho Iga War—an event that won the Iga ninja nationwide acclaim—and explore the shadow tactics used by the ninja to strike terror into the numerically superior Oda army.
In this episode, we approach the secrets hidden in Matsuyama Castle and follow a group of soldiers as they attack the castle, facing a 400-meter-long stone wall in the mountain, a doorless gate, a gate that enables ambushes, and the final defense at the tower keep. CG and drones are used to introduce the defensive features that await them. We also investigate the truth about ishi-otoshi or stone dropping chutes and their actual purpose.
Castles in Japan were both symbols of power and military strongholds. Designed to withstand enemy attacks, they were built using the wisdom of their day.
In this episode, we approach the secrets hidden in Hikone Castle from various angles. We follow a group of soldiers as they attack the castle and attempt to clear the bridge, hill paths, and gates leading to the main keep. CG and drones are used to introduce the defensive features that lay in wait for them. We’ll also recreate a special wall called taiko-kabe, and test its strength for the first time ever.