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Leaving aside the usual plaudits about Miss Lumley - charming, witty, urbane, observant, smart, eye-pleasing and bubbly etc - she more than ever brings home a really intriguing insight into this fascinating nation.
The choice and mix of people, places, culture, cities and landscape, and off the beaten track locations is useful and thought-provoking.
Among many things of interest, included was her gutsy visit to the radio-active and deserted ghost town Tomioka down the road from Fukushima, with condiments and almost half eaten food on restaurant tables and other evidence of an extremely hurried evacuation..... According to her hand-held radiation counter, she was wandering about locations where the readings were above 250 units, and where anything above 7 is harmful.....
(Of interest to occidental viewers is to see a people/nation which is very old but also ultra-modern, without however the usual accompanying degeneracy or poly-culturalism)
If you are interested in this (still) mysterious land, this well photographed, decently edited and an entertaining vid is nigh compulsive, nay, almost compulsory viewing.
PS. Althought marketed as a 'std' DVD, the transfer is actually HD ie. 1080p (vertical), which on a std 40 inch screen is fairly stunning.
Got this today, and was not disappointed. A very informative and educational view of the country and traditions. Easy to follow, and excellent picture quality. I particularly enjoyed watching the Cherry Blossom Festival, and Joanna is often privileged enough to go into areas where the tourist wouldn't normally see, so that was a bonus for the viewer! Subtitles are very helpful.
In fact, anyone who is interested in Japan at all would do well to get this DVD. A must for anyone who is unlikely to visit Japan, but is interested in the country!
Her intelligent selection of what to film grabs me during the playing of this three part series because what is chosen is outside of the usual tourist trail of this country. I have spent nearly two months in Japan but never seen most of places that are selected for the series . Those that I have seen (Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima) Joanne show an original side that added to my enjoyment. Why i have taken off a star is because too often i wanted her to spend longer time in a place but, on reflection, The programmes have to cover the whole of the country. The other reason is that her overuse of the word 'Darling' and the time spent on what she looks like on screen. But I have learnt something from these programmes and since they are very well filmed I will play them to remind myself of those places that have been filmed.
Joanna Lumley is simply amazing! I do not know what facinated me more - the landscapes and cities she visits or her calm and respectful way when she speeks to people and finds out more about their culture, their way of life. The video is worth watching - if you are a fan of Japan, a fan of Mrs Lumley or just want to be swept away by beautiful pictures and interesting stories! Thank you Mrs Lumley for taking me on this amazing journey with you!
Joanna Lumley is enthusiastic, compassionate, respectful and grateful towards the people she meets. The sights that she presents us with, as she travels from the far North to the far South of Japan, are breath-taking. Thank you, Joanna, for a wonderful visual experience, backed by your warm, articulate and friendly comments.
Very interesting,very entertaining.From the snowy beauty of Hokkaido to the sub-tropical southern islands,the three 45minute films seem to portray a good image of Japan.Includes mention of the atomic bombs which destroyed parts ofJapan,geishas, hot springs,sahki,wood-block printing,the history of the Ainu people and the excitement of Tokyo.Miss Lumleys gentle curiosity matches the courtesy and politeness of the Japanese people.Few-if any-DVDs match this one. The images appear colour accurate and of sharp focus.
Absolutely love all of Joanna Lumleys travel documentatires and this is definitely my favourite. I've dreamt of going to Japan since I was about 14 and watching this has only increased that want a thousand fold! She's got great charisma, and seems to have instant chemistry with everyone she meets and the great places she showcases on this make me extremely jealous. Would definitely recommend a watch!
I've always love Joanna Lumley as a presenter and this, alongside documenting about one of the countries I love the most made this DVD one of the best buys I have done in a long time. It came during the time frame it said it would and it good condition (no scratches to the disc) and played perfectly well. Great price as you have to probably order these in otherwise. I look forward to seeing what others she has done.... !
I enjoyed much of the information and also the scenes......sadly undermined by Lumley's insistence on continually performing for the camera...... I guess the years of using the breathless sex voice is something that cannot be switched off?......for me there is a time and place for that kind of performance...not a travel documentary
arrived on time great condition. joannas sheer joy in being in differant places is enchanting to watch.she is naturally funny.but when she went to okinowa where young men killed themselves rather than surrender . it was heart breaking to watch and feel her emotions.a very natural lady to watch.