「しばわんこの和のこころ」 is a series of illustrated picture books created by Kawaura Yoshie. The story depics the life of a Shiba Inu called "Shibawanko" and a Calico cat called "Mikenyanko" and their friends while introducing a variety of Japanse traditions. The animated version was broadcasted by NHK(Japan Broadcasting Corporation) from 2006 to 2007. Each episode is approx. 2 min. Japanese only. Region Code 2.
Intermediate Level - Educational/Documentary Films with English Subtitles
KU has approx. 120 DVDs which introduce Japan from a variety of aspects, such as modern technology, business, traditional culture and history, produced by NHK (Japan's national public broadcasting corporation). Each DVD is between 20 to 50 min and is in Japanese with English subtitles. Search KU onilne catalog for more titles.
One of the theatrical plays performed by 劇団☆新感線, a famous and very popular theatrical group. KU Libraries have several DVDs of this theatrical group, produced by ゲキxシネ. Most of them have optional English subtitles. Search KU Library's online catalog by "gekidan shinkansen." To watch the preview film of 『蛮幽鬼』, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S_vXBJUfYE.
DVD. Region code 2. Loosely based on Alexander Kay’s "The incredible tide," directed by Miyazaki Hayao. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic future where mankind faces the threat of extinction. 26 episodes.
Advanced Level - Documentary Films : Japanese Dialogue Only
「プロジェクトX～挑戦者たち～」 is one of the most popular documentary(-esque) program produced by NHK from 2000 to 2005. The program tells the stories of unknown people and organizations who made important contributions to the development of post-war Japan, focusing in the area of technological innovations. Each episode is approx. 45 min. KU has 78 titles. For more information, search online catalog with the title "Project X." DVD. Region Code 2. No English subtitle is provided.
A collection of 24 DVDs of news from 1926 to 1989. DVD. Region Code 2. Japanese dialogue only. Each disc is accompanied with a booklet.
Find Films at KU Libraries
KU Libraries have been collecting films pertining to the study of Japan for research and teaching purpose. The collection covers a variety of generes and subjects, from anime to zen mostly in DVD and VHS format. Most of DVDs are available at Watson Video Collection area (3F), but some films are located at branch libraries, such as Art & Architecture, Music, and Anschutz Library. All VHS tapes have been moved to Annex Storage, but they can be retrieved and checked out upon retrieval request. All films are searchable via KU Online Catalog: