Hands On (2005)

5 short pieces of environmental excellence practiced in Japan. (5 minutes each)

  1. Suikinkutsu
    Suikinkutsu means a water harp hollow in Japanese. It is a jar buried in the corner of the garden and it makes music-like sound generated by water drips. The film finds a practice in which Japanese people show their love of nature.
  2. Kazusabori Boring
    The film introduces one of the traditional well digging technique inherited in a region called Kazusa in Japan. The construction is such a simple work that the technique is now disseminated to the villages all over the world to contribute water supply.
  3. Oyster Forest
    This is a story of a fisherman who made up his mind to grow forests in the upstream mountains. Forests supply rich water down to the sea to nourish oyster cultivation. Fishermen found the importance of conserving forests and the concept and practice are shared by many of Japanese people.
  4. Micro Hydropower
    Small hydropower generation can be adopted in the mountain villages everywhere. The film shows one of the alternative technology practiced in Japan
  5. Nanohana Project
    Japanese word 'nanohana' means canola flower. It was more than two decades ago that a local community started to collect used cooking oil to make bio-diesel fuel. The project has grown to a region-wide network and canola flower field became a tourist attraction.
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