The Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta
Consulate General of Japan
Phipps Tower, Suite 850
3438 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 404-240-4300 Fax: 404-240-4311
VHS/DVD Library Regulations
Thank you for your interest in our video library!
All videos (some are DVD and others are VHS tapes) are available to the public free of charge, on loan from the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta. Reservations may be made by filling in the Application for Loan of Videotapes (PDF) form.
These tapes are available only to residents of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. If you live in another area, please check the list of Consulates in the U.S. or list of Embassies and Consulates worldwide.
Generally speaking, two video may be borrowed at a time, and the tape(s) should be returned to the address above within two weeks of receipt. Video may be picked up at our office or they can be mailed. DVDs/Tapes are usually sent by media-class mail. If you need them right away, we can make arrangements to ship them by a faster method at your cost. The video must be returned in the same condition as received. If any damage is noted upon receipt of the tape, please notify our office. When returning video by mail, please wrap securely. This helps us maintain them in good condition. Should you have any questions or comment, please let us know. Once again, thank you for your interest in our videolibrary.
For the latest news from Japan we are now offering Japan Video Topics. This is a monthly, 15-minute feature consisting of about four segments and is presented in a "newsmagazine" style. They are also available for broadcast. They are also available for broadcast. You may find the recent video topics on Web-Japan. To order, simply write "Japan Video Topics" and the date on the application form. Please call at the phone number above or e-mail our office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the current topics and previous features.
Traditional Japanese Sports (1997) <033 ~ 038>
033 TRADITIONAL JAPANESE SPORTS – SUMO 25 min – DVD/VHS Currently Available For Loan
This program presents a guide to appreciating the finer points of sumo, and life in a sumo training stable.
034 TRADITIONAL JAPANESE SPORTS – JUDO 15 min - DVD/VHS Currently Available For Loan
This program uses slow-motion to analyze the various techniques used in judo and demonstrate how, through quick thinking and fast reactions, a small player can throw a big one.
035 TRADITIONAL JAPANESE SPORTS – KENDO 15 min - DVD/VHS Currently Available For Loan
Originally, kendo was practiced with real swords, now replaced by a “shinai”, a bamboo stick. The fascination of this sport is the speed with which opponents move from defense to offense, uttering loud exclamations.
036 TRADITIONAL JAPANESE SPORTS – KARATEDO 15 min – DVD/VHS Currently Available For Loan
In karatedo, opponents use their hands and feet as weapons. This program shows just how destructive these weapons can be and the supreme necessity for control and accuracy in what is essentially a self-defense sport.
037 TRADITIONAL JAPANESE SPORTS – KYUDO 15 min - DVD/VHS Currently Available For Loan
Kyudo is the Japanese sport of archery. This program illustrates the importance of correct stance and pose as well as accuracy in hitting the target.
038 TRADITIONAL JAPANESE SPORTS – NAGINATA 15 min - DVD/VHS only Currently Available For Loan
In the Middle Ages, the “naginata”, a long-handled sword, was the weapon of the infantry. Interestingly, this martial art is today practiced mainly by women. Using techniques of hitting and jabbing, opponents must strike only certain parts of the body.
Other Topics <040 ~ 056>
040 150 YEARS OF US-JAPAN RELATIONS – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE (2003) - DVD/VHS Currently Available For Loan
Part 1: Promoting Friendship 20 min Part 2: Strengthening the Partnership 20 min Numerous exchanges and friendships have enabled the United States and Japan to cultivate one of the world’s closest bilateral relationships.
041 KYOTO 2004 27 min – VHS Currently Available For Loan
This video presentation brings you Kyoto, a former capital, and one of the most fascinating historical cities.
043 ANIME – JAPAN’S THRIVING ANIMATION CULTURE (2004) 15 min –VHS Currently Available For Loan
“Anime”, Japanimation or Japanese Animation, is a unique approach to animated movies originally based on the style of manga comic books. In addition to the anime’s visual style, its comic book roots result in movies with strong story lines and well-developed characters. The latest development is the evolving use of ever more powerful computers for the technical work of animating.
045 FANTASTIC DESTINATIONS IN JAPAN (2008) – DVD Currently Available for Loan
MOUNT FUJI – A Timeless Beauty 16 min 02 sec -
THE JAPANESE ONSEN – Healing the Body Soothing the Spirit 15 min 30 sec
WINTER IN JAPAN – Sparkling Ice, Gleaming Snow 15 min 01 sec
048 HELLO!JAPAN (2007) 9 min - DVD Currently Available For Loan
This DVD is an introduction to Japanese life and culture aimed at elementary school audiences, containing subjects such as Nature and Culture, Technology, and Food.
049 DISASTER REDUCTION – Japan’s Global Contribution-(2005) 30 min – DVD Currently Available For Loan
Geographical Condition of Japan
The Japanese Culturer of Disaster Reduction Nurtured over the Years
Evolution of Countermeasures to Natural Disasters
Promoting International Cooperation for Disaster Reduction
Spreading the Culture of Disaster Reduction Worldwide
Towards a Safer World for the Next Generation
050 JAPAN-LAND OF VITALITY (2008) 15 min - DVD Currently Available For Loan
This DVD explains the 4 seasons of Japan and gives examples of what Japan is doing in the present day in order to preserve itself as a phenomenal country. Lots of facts and figures are included.
051 JAPAN SENSE OF WONDER (2011) 30 min - DVD Currently Available For Loan
The video gives a brief glimpse into the Technology, Food Culture, Industrial Design, Architecture and other wonders of Japan. Information from previous sections are reviewed in later sections.
052 JAPAN: FASCINATING DIVERSITY (2012) 120 min - DVD Currently Available For Loan(Until March10, 2015)
In this short five-episode film, fiver presenters – well known foreign specialists with extensive knowledge and insight on Japan – guide viewers to intriguing destinations, introducing Japan’s fascinating heritage and culture along the way.
Oishii: The Magnificent Flavors of Tohoku
Kawaii!: Inside Japanese Pop Culture
Takumi: Japan’s Artisan Tradition
Omotenashi: Japanese Way of Hospitality
Mirai: Technology for a Better Future
053 A GLIMPSE INTO JAPAN (2009) 5 min – DVD Currently Available for Loan
This DVD includes visuals of Japan ranging from old traditions such as the matsuri and the tea ceremony, to new inventions such as the bullet train and architecture; set to soft music.
054 Yokoso! Visit Japan Campaign 4 min – DVD Currently Available for Loan
This DVD provides a quick look into various aspects of Japan. The phrase yokoso (welcome) is used to transition the viewer into different scenes, while traditional Japanese instruments are used to make modern music. No narration.
055 Yokoso! Visit Japan Campaign 11 min – DVD Currently Available for Loan
This DVD is filled with images of scenery from the 4 seasons. A future section showcases many of Japan’s architectural and technological feats. No narration.
056 Japan Nation Tourism Agency: Visit Japan 28 min – DVD Currently Available for Loan
This DVD is a spectacular showcase of various places of interest in Japan. The location for each placed featured is given at the bottom left hand of the screen. Each section has an on-screen introduction in Japanese with subtitles in red. No narration.
JAPAN Video Encyclopedia (1996) <135 ~ 149>
(This series are available for Both DVD and VHS videotape)
135 1. LIFE FOR JAPANESE PEOPLE (A) 18 min - DVD/VHS Currently Available For Loan
2) FOOD LIFE
3) TRADITIONAL CUISINE
136 1. LIFE FOR JAPANESE PEOPLE (B) 18 min - DVD/VHS Currently Available For Loan
5) ANNUAL EVENTS
137 1. LIFE FOR JAPANESE PEOPLE (C) 24 min - DVD/VHS Currently Available For Loan
8) CUSTOMS AND ETIQUETTE
9) LIFELONG EDUCATION
10) CHILDREN'S DAILY LIFE
138 2. JAPANESE CULTURE (A) 18 min - DVD/VHS Currently Available For Loan
1) TRADITIONAL PERFORMING ARTS
3) TEA CEREMONY/FLOWER ARRANGEMENT/CALLIGRAPHY
139 2. JAPANESE CULTURE (B) 24 min - DVD/VHS Currently Available For Loan
6) YOUNG PEOPLE
140 2. JAPANESE CULTURE (C) 18 min - DVD/VHS Currently Available For Loan
141 3. JAPANESE INDUSTRY & ECONOMY (A) 18 min - DVD/VHS Currently Available For Loan
2) FISHERIES/MARINE PRODUCTS
142 3. JAPANESE INDUSTRY & ECONOMY (B) 18 min - DVD/VHS Currently Available For Loan
6) INTERNATIONAL TRADE
143 3. JAPANESE INDUSTRY & ECONOMY (C) 24 min - DVD/VHS Currently Available For Loan
7) DISASTER PREVENTION
8) INFORMATION SOCIETY
10) CLEAN ENERGY
144 4. JAPANESE POLITICS & SOCIETY (A) 18 min - DVD/VHS Currently Available For Loan
1) THE IMPERIAL FAMILY
2) INTERNATIONAL CONTRIBUTION (1) --PKO and Global Issues--
3) INTERNATIONAL CONTRIBUTION (2) --Official Development Assistance--
145 4. JAPANESE POLITICS & SOCIETY (B) 24 min - DVD/VHS Currently Available For Loan
4) POLITICAL SYSTEM
146 4. JAPANESE POLITICS & SOCIETY (C) 24 min - DVD/VHS Currently Out On Loan
9) MEDICAL CARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY
10) ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
11) COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
147 5. SKETCHES OF JAPAN (A) 18 min - DVD/VHS Currently Available For Loan
1) CITIES -- METROPOLITAN AREA
2) REGIONS -- HOKKAIDO
3) REGIONS -- TOHOKU
148 5. SKETCHES OF JAPAN (B) 18 min - DVD/VHS Currently Available For Loan
4) REGIONS -- KANTO
5) REGIONS -- CHUBU
6) REGIONS -- KINKI
149 5. SKETCHES OF JAPAN (C) 18 min - DVD/VHS Currently Available For Loan
7) REGIONS -- CHUGOKU/SHIKOKU
8) REGIONS -- KYUSHU/OKINAWA
9) FOUR SEASONS
Traditional Japanese Culture <151 ~ 159>
(This series are available for Both DVD and VHS videotape)
151 Tea Ceremony 20 min – VHS Currently Available For Loan
Nearly 1,200 years ago, tea was first introduced to Japan, and our ancestors developed a unique way to drink it: the tea ceremony. The tea ceremony requires not only tea and special utensils, but natural surroundings and ornaments like flowers arrangements. Participants cooperate to achieve peace of mind and freedom from all the mundane troubles the world. This program introduces the unique esthetic world of tea.
152 Kimono 20 min – VHS Currently Available For Loan
The kimono, Japan’s traditional costume, is evaluated very highly worldwide for its beauty and elegance. This program introduces the main techniques used to create the two basic elements of a kimono, the material itself and the obi sash. There is also a detailed explanation of the procedure involved in putting on a kimono and a through introduction to the charms of this original Japanese formal wear.
153 Japanese Pottery & Porcelain 20 min – VHS Currently Available for Loan
Clay has long been used in Japan in the form of earthenware, and porcelain for the production of tableware, tea sets, food storage containers, ornaments such as vases, and many utensils for daily life. In this program we introduce the history of Japanese ceramics and many great works from the past and also demonstrate the methods being used today to produce fine pottery and porcelain all over Japan.
154 Japanese Arts and Crafts 20 min – VHS Currently Available For Loan
80% of Japan’s land surface is covered with trees, so it is perhaps not surprising that a full woodworking culture was developed to use those rich resources. This program introduces a broad selection of Japanese wooden products. It also demonstrates the skills used to produce traditional kokeshi dolls and Japanese washi paper.
155 Japanese Architecture 20 min – VHS Currently Available For Loan
Traditional Japanese architecture made full use of the country’s rich resources of timber. In fact, wood has always been the main construction material used for all types of structures. This program traces the history of Japanese architecture. It also focuses on the making of several important traditional interior elements.
156 Calligraphy 20 min – VHS Currently Available For Loan
By introducing the history of calligraphy, the processes used to make brushes and ink, the techniques needed to write characters and the significance of their shape, and how a professional calligrapher creates exquisite works of brushmanship, this program looks at the intimate relationship between calligraphy and the Japanese people, in particular the way it can help to train the mind.
157 Musical Instruments 20 min – VHS Currently Available For Loan
Japan’s many traditional musical instruments developed as accompaniment to classical songs and in association with the theatre arts of Kabuki and Bunraku. This program introduces the history of the instruments and the types of performance in which they are played, and demonstrations how shamisen, taiko and shino-bue flutes are made. It also shows the training of the next generation of performers.
158 Japanese Dance 20 min – VHS Currently Available For Loan
In this program we introduce the history and particular charms of each style of dance, the distinctive forms of expression used, the way the next generation of dancers are being trained, and also how traditions are handed down through local communities performing the Bon-Odori dances of summer festivals.
159 Japanese Cuisine 20 min – VHS Currently Available For Loan
Japanese cuisine is attracting ever more attention worldwide. The key elements behind its distinctive flavors are two unique types of seasoning, miso bean paste and shoyu soy sauce, plus salt and vinegar. This program introduces the history of Japan’s cuisine, shows how seasonings are produced and demonstrates the tremendous culinary and aesthetic appeal of traditional Japanese cuisine.
Japan: Life and Nature <161 ~ 168>
(This series are available for Both DVD and VHS videotape)
161 The Way of Life in Japan--Group Portrait of High School Students 20 min – VHS Currently Available For Loan
What does the young generation want out of life? In the case of these three high school students, the answer is to become a Shinto priest, a musician, and a nurse, respectively.
162 The Way of Life in Japan--UNIVERSITY STUDENTS 20 min – VHS Currently Out on Loan
University students in Japan enjoy a rather unique way of life. This program shows how by following the daily lives of two typical students, one male and one female.
163 The Way of Life in Japan--HOUSEWIVES 20 min – VHS Currently Available For Loan
What do Japanese housewives do all day? This program presents three diverse answers by focusing on three ladies of different ages and family situations.
165 Discovering Japan: Living in the City 20 min – VHS Currently Available For Loan
A look at life in the modern metropolis of Tokyo, busting capital of Japan and home to 12 million people. The program features places that are popular among young people.
167 Ozegahara 20 min – VHS Currently Available For Loan
This program introduces the vast Oze marshland of Japan. In addition to the many wonders of the marsh and its fauna and flora, there are interviews with people who mounted a campaign to save the marsh from development.
168 Ancient Capital Almanac-A Year in Nara and Kyoto 20 min – VHS Currently Available For Loan
Tokyo is the capital of modern Japan, and reflects this role. Those who are interested in the older, more traditional Japan need look no further than the country’s ancient capitals – first Nara, then Kyoto held that distinction for a combined 1,300 years. This program follows the residents of Nara and Kyoto through the four seasons, against a backdrop of shrines, temples, festivals and traditional ceremonies little changed from ancient times.
NIHON NO KOKORO - The Heart Within (1993) <531 ~ 541>
(This series are available only for VHS tape)
531 PILOT 30 min - VHS Currently Available For Loan
A general introduction to the series and the concept of kokoro.
532 SHINTO: WAY OF THE GODS 30 min - VHS Currently Available For Loan
Discussion of mythological beginnings, the role of purity, honesty, and simplicity in daily lives, Shinto architecture, and purification rituals.
534 RELIGION: SPIRITUAL HERITAGE 30 min - VHS Currently Available For Loan
Introduction to Buddhism, including Zen, its coexistence with Shinto beliefs, and why it differs from Western spirituality.
535 MAKOTO: SINCERITY OF THE HEART 30 min - VHS Currently Available For Loan
Discussion of the idea that the sincerity used to embrace a project is more important than the outcome. Therefore success can be found in failure, such as the White Tiger Legion in 1868.
536 TRADITION: INNER HARMONY 30 min - VHS Currently Available For Loan
The search for inner tranquility leads many Japanese to the study of the tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and martial arts. The video includes a detailed discussion of the tea ceremony.
537 HERITAGE: PRIDE OF JAPAN 30 min - VHS Currently Available For Loan
This video pursues the topics of balance of emotion and intellect, reverence for nature, geography, and a close look at Nikko Tosho-gu shrine.
538 NATURE: GIVER OF BLESSINGS 30 min - VHS Currently Available For Loan
This video of more photography than text explores Japanese reverence for nature, particularly focusing on Shinto gods and haiku. (Japanese version available)
539 OCEANS: LIFEBLOOD OF JAPAN 30 min - VHS Currently Available For Loan
The oceans, indispensable and unpredictable, require constant reverence and respect. The video includes oyster and seaweed harvesting as well as local festivals.
540 HIROSHIMA: CITY OF PEACE 30 min - VHS Currently Available For Loan
Poignant video of the rebuilding of a city whose inhabitants are committed to world peace. (Japanese version available)
541 LOOSING THE MOLD 30 min - VHS Currently Available For Loan
This program is a digest of facial expressions and comments of the various Japanese people who appear in this series.
NIPPON - THE LAND AND ITS PEOPLE (1991) <801 ~ 812>
(This series are available only for VHS tape)
803 THE JAPANESE FAMILY -- The Lifestyle of the Businessman 35 min - VHS Currently Available For Loan
The film focuses on domestic life of contemporary Japanese families.
804 THE TASTE OF JAPAN -- A Tradition of Hospitality 30 min - VHS Currently Available For Loan
Introduction of culinary cultural traditions from various regions and how Japanese people relate to nature through the medium of food and beverage are shown.
805 JAPANESE TECHNOLOGY -- A Tradition of Craftsmanship 24 min - VHS Currently Available For Loan
The secret of why and how the Japanese became so successful in developing high technologies is revealed through the society and educational system of Japan.
806 JAPANESE SOCIETY -- In Tokyo and in The Country 23 min - VHS Currently Available For Loan
Joys and troubles in the daily lives of Japanese people from various communities are discussed in this program.
809 JAPAN'S CORPORATE SYSTEM -- The Role of the Entrepreneur 30 min - VHS Currently Available For Loan
How the Japanese management theory really works is revealed through the lives of two company presidents who have led their companies to the top in a single generation.
810 WORKING WOMEN -- Personal and Social Goals 30 min - VHS Currently Available For Loan
Japanese women, who have sought employment in remarkable numbers since the end of WWII, now account for half of the work force. This video shows their roles both at home and at work.
812 EDUCATION IN JAPAN -- Children and their Dreams 30 min - VHS Currently Available For Loan
This look at two urban households with school-age children gives us some insight into the Japanese education system which relies heavily on test scores to rank students and their aptitude. This video show Japanese children as they are and how they question the meaning of contemporary affluence.