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The NHK’s English Program of Begin Japanology

by Charles Roring

NHK world service has an interesting English program which is called Begin Japanology. The host of the program is Peter Barachan, an expert in everything about Japan and its people. Because Begin Japanology is presented in English, TV audience around the world will not find difficulties in understanding it.

I used to watch an episode of the Begin Japanology about Sake, an alcoholic drinks made from fermented rice. In that episode, Peter explained how and why sake is very popular in Japan. In addition we could also see, on the television screen, how sake has been developed since the Edo period. To improve the alcoholic content and quality of sake, today's sake manufacturer, produce sake using sophisticated equipment and better production techniques such as extracting sake in very low or cold temperature. Now sake is not only a Japanese liquor, it is sold or served in many restaurants around the world.

NHK is a Japanese state owned television station which is broadcasted in English and Japanese. Everyone can watch it free of charge from all around the world through a satellite receiver. Besides Begin Japanology, NHK has another program about traveling around Japan which is called Out and About. NHK has many other interesting programs which TV viewers can watch in order to know more about Japan and Japanese culture.

Begin Japanology is a recommended TV program for English learners who want to know more about Japanese people and their culture through English language.

Indonesian language version: Program Bahasa Inggris NHK bernama Begin Japanology


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