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PostSubject: Japanland   Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:04 am

In 2001 Karin Muller returned from a year in Japan, where she filmed a four-hour adventuredocumentary series entitled Japanland.

I've just watched it, it's GREAT!!! Cool
The companion book have been published by Rodale Press (October, 2005) and the documentary series will air nationwide on public television from 2005-2009.
Karin was giving lectures on Japan at National Geographic, various universities, and overseas in 2005 and 2006.

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PostSubject: Re: Japanland   Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:13 am

Karin Muller:
A lifelong friend a man who had lived in Japan for 28 years, married a Japanese woman and raised three children there, found out that I was going to Japan for a year to make an independent documentary. He called me up to try to talk some reality into me.

"The only way youll ever become a part of the culture," he told me, "is if you were born in a Japanese village to Japanese parents".
I knew it wouldnt be easy, but I had grown up on several continents, spoke five languages, served in the Peace Corps, and already had two travel documentaries under my belt. I was convinced that I could learn to read and write the language, study the rules, and if necessary, completely recreate myself my character, my way of looking at the world. Whatever it took to fit in.
I was a fool. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Japanland   Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:23 am

Japan a thoroughly modern land of bullet trains and business suits or is it?
Behind the tatamae --the face Japan shows the world, lies the honne -- its true inner character.

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PostSubject: Re: Japanland   Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:27 am


The Yamabushi - a 1400-year-old mountain ascetic cult.

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PostSubject: Re: Japanland   Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:39 am


Preparing for a winter kabuki performance in Kuromori

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PostSubject: Re: Japanland   Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:42 am





Karin participating in Tokyo's three-day Sanja Festival

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PostSubject: Re: Japanland   Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:48 am





Monks chanting at Mt. Koya

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PostSubject: Re: Japanland   Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:52 am


Pullers hauling a float in Kyoto's Gion festival

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PostSubject: Re: Japanland   Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:54 am


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PostSubject: Re: Japanland   Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:56 am


Sacred Fire Ceremony at Mt. Koya monastery

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PostSubject: Re: Japanland   Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:58 am


Two very serious little girls in a Kyoto festival

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PostSubject: Re: Japanland   Sat Jan 03, 2009 5:01 am


Yamabushi mountain ascetics on long hike in the rain

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PostSubject: Re: Japanland   Sat Jan 03, 2009 5:04 am

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PostSubject: Re: Japanland   Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:24 am

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PostSubject: Re: Japanland   Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:40 pm

Karin Muller is an Swiss-born author, filmmaker, photographer, and adventurer.
She set out in the 1990s to travel the world's historic highways.
Her first expedition took her to the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Vietnam, which enabled her to produce a PBS television special, Hitchhiking Vietnam, and a companion book by Globe Pequot Press of the same name.

Her second expedition took her to the Inca Road, a four-thousand-mile trek from Quito, Ecuador to Santiago, Chile resulting in a television series, Along the Inca Road for National Geographic and a book published by the Adventure Press.

Muller's third adventure took her to Japan, where she lived with a pre-Buddhist mountain ascetic cult, joined a samurai-mounted archery team, and completed a 1,300-kilometer pilgrimage around Shikoku.
This journey was published in Japanland: A Year in Search of Wa, as both a documentary series and book.
She took no camera crew or companions, or even much money, and went on foot and emerged profoundly changed and understanding more, but also realized as a "typical" American she could not really become Japanese.

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