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James Fox journeys through Japan's mountainous forests, marvels at its zen gardens and admires bonsai to explore the connections between its culture and the natural environment.

Dr James Fox journeys through Japan's mountainous forests, marvels at its zen gardens and admires centuries-old bonsai, to explore the connections between Japanese culture and the natural environment. Travelling around Japan's stunning island geography, he examines how the country's two great religions, Shinto and Buddhism, helped shape a creative response to nature often very different to the West. But he also considers modern Japan's changing relationship to the natural world and travels to Naoshima Art Island to see how contemporary artists are finding new ways to engage with nature.

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Mon 19 Feb 2018 21:00

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Presenter James Fox
Producer Ben Harding
Series Producer Matthew Springford
Executive Producer Richard Bright

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