One million people were killed in Rwanda 20 years ago during a period of civil terror. On Monday, TV Tokyo visits the African country for the documentary series “Mirai Seiki Jipangu” (“Future Century Japan”; 10 p.m.) to look at its “miracle recovery.”
Tourism and agriculture have boosted Rwanda’s economy. Sightseeing is centered on the country’s gorilla population. There are only 880 wild mountain gorillas in the world, and half are in Rwanda, which conducts tours that do not disturb the animals’ lives and ecosystem.
Rwanda has also become a prominent coffee exporter, even though Rwandans themselves don’t have a coffee-drinking tradition. Renowned “coffee hunter” Yoshiaki Kawashima explains how Rwandan beans are superior to almost any other.
Kyoto’s Kinkakuji, or the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, has always fascinated art historians and religious scholars. Something about the structure, its location and the way it looks in a certain light has inspired visitors for centuries, especially author Yukio Mishima, who novelized the true story of a Buddhist acolyte who burned the temple’s reliquary in 1950.
This week on “Rekishi Dream Team” (“History Dream Team”; NHK-G, Wed., 10 p.m.) experts attempt to “solve” the “riddle” of Kinkakuji. Fumio Okada, a “microanalyst” from the Kyoto University of Art and Design, tries to explain the building’s unearthly “glow.” Aesthetics expert Arata Shimao unravels the “scheme” behind the structure’s design, and art director Kazushi Sato talks about its effect on the observer.
CM of the week: Dandy House
SMAP heartthrob Takuya Kimura hasn’t appeared in any movies or TV dramas lately, though his cocky smile can be seen all the time in TV commercials. The cockiest is displayed in his latest solo turn for “men’s aesthetic salon” Dandy House, which used to employ Richard Gere for its ads.
Kimura removes a terry-cloth bathrobe and admires his upper body. As he puts on a white shirt, he checks himself in the mirror while a woman sings a sprightly blues tune on the soundtrack. It’s natural to look at yourself in the mirror to make sure you look OK, but Kimura gets a bit out of hand in the one-minute version of the CM. He coos and winks at himself. He even ogles his own hips.