Samurai, and the Beauty of Japan (But with a Footnote)

This stunning video is a promotion piece for the “Diamond Route Japan”, which seems to be a railway line serving the Fukushima, Tochigi, and Ibaraki prefectures. It has the rather clumsy title Diamond Route Japan: History. Discover the Living Samurai Spirit, but, with no spoken narration, only texts and images, it succeeds brilliantly in making the viewer want to Be There Now.

Here’s another video from the campaign called The Ultimate Japan Experience. It uses some of the same drone shots, but there’s a lot more to see.

The downside, of course, is that Fukushima is the site of the nuclear meltdown that followed the 2011 tsunami, and even six years later, the clean-up has no end in sight. Not a great inducement for tourism.


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