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NOVA; Japan’s Secret Garden


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Japan’s Secret Garden
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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For at least 2,000 years, a unique way of life has flourished on the shores of Japan's largest freshwater lake, Lake Biwa, fed by more than 500 rivers that descend from the forested interior of Honshu island. To exploit the abundant mountain water, generations of farmers have transformed the foothills surrounding the lake into a maze of ingeniously engineered terraced fields. The balance between humans and nature is reflected in the Japanese name for the cultivated areas: satoyama ("sato" -- "village/people" and "yama" -- "mountain/nature"). This high-definition (HDTV) documentary captures the subtle lessons and lush abundance of satoyama.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Japan’s Secret Garden,” 12/19/2000, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 15, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_CB72A5A2D6BB4E01BF3E74655F3A42C9.
MLA: “NOVA; Japan’s Secret Garden.” 12/19/2000. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 15, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_CB72A5A2D6BB4E01BF3E74655F3A42C9>.
APA: NOVA; Japan’s Secret Garden. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_CB72A5A2D6BB4E01BF3E74655F3A42C9
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