Japan – a crowded, manicured, highly industrialised archipelago. Yet even in this busy environment there are still places where nature thrives.
Japan has a surprisingly vast range of landscapes, from the far north, where sea eagles walk on frozen waters, to subtropical southern islands, with coral reefs and mangroves, and the central islands, with forested mountains, home to bears and monkeys. Each area has its challenges, and everything that lives here has its own strategies for survival in these unpredictable environments.
Throughout this rich and varied landscape, there remains a powerful association between people and wildlife, despite the fact that this is one of the most modern, crowded, urbanised nations on Earth.
Each episode explores how life survives across this land dominated, from north to south, by volcanoes and earthquakes, savage winters and sultry, typhoon summers. What ways have humans and wildlife found to live alongside the forces of nature?
From the drama of the steaming volcanic mountains, tropical seas and icy, ghostly forests to the detail of humans interacting with nature, this series evokes the true spirit of Japan.
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