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Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire

Wednesday, September 8, 2004 Posted: 09:04 AM JST

PBS Documentary PBS aired a documentary on Edo-period Japan earlier this year. I have not yet seen it myself, but it is getting excellent reviews. Richard Chamberlain narrates a piece that is full with the voices of typical Edo-period characters: the shogun, the samurai, the geisha, the poet, the peasant, the Western visitor... Chamberlain, as you will all remember, played the main character in the mini TV series 'Shogun'.

It is now also available on DVD. Although I am not able to recommend it from own experience (the DVD is not viewable in Japan...), hereby the link to Amazon for those adventurous enough to check it out by themselves. Let me know your impressions by leaving a comment on this page!

Click on the image to buy at Amazon.com (Viewable in U.S. and Canada only).

Keywords: arts_entertainment documentaries

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