ICF Sponsored Film “Multifaceted Japan” Broadcast on Russia’s Culture Channel

22nd September 2018

22 September 2018, Moscow, Russia –  The International Chodiev Foundation, the charitable foundation established by Dr Patokh Chodiev, announces that the Russian TV channel ‘Culture’ will broadcast “Multifaceted Japan”, a film sponsored by the Foundation, at 12.30 on 22 September 2018.

The film shows various aspects of life in Japan and the Japanese – the culture and religion, the attitude to nature and work, the modern and traditional Japan.

The script was written by Professor Panov, the former Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Japan and the Head of the Diplomacy Faculty of MGIMO. The Director is Marina Kireeva, the Editor and Head of Content Production at Ostankino TV, the Producer is Olga Monakhova, the Director of the International Chodiev Foundation.

The film was created with the support of the International Chodiev Foundation.

About the film

If you meet someone without giving them your business card, everyone is extremely surprised, but still smiles. It’s almost impossible to see an angry Japanese: if he does not smile, then he is courteously reserved.

There are about 135 million Japanese people – almost as many as there are Russians. How do they all fit on these islands? High-speed highways over several floors, skyscrapers and small apartments even for wealthy families. But all this is on the surface. And what is inside?

In the spring, the Japanese are ready to make the pilgrimage from the south to the north of the country, following the cherry blossom. Hanami is a celebration of admiration. From Friday evening, the Japanese occupy places under the flowering trees to arrange their picnics. Worship of nature is the basis of Shinto – a unique religion belonging only to the Japanese. Gods-spirits (kami) have chosen the Japanese islands as their home: they live in trees and stones. The First Emperor was considered the grandson of the Sun Goddess. He is still called ‘The Heavenly Lord’. However, after the Second World War, the Emperor was no longer considered a ‘living deity’.

And here is a fisherman who arrived at a lake, bought a fishing license, caught five trout, asked them for forgiveness and let them go.

What factors shaped the Japanese character? Where does this tremendous diligence and endurance come from?

Where are the roots of the Japanese economic miracle and the technological breakthrough that the country made after the Second World War?

What is the life of a modern Japanese – what does he eat? How does he rest? What are his values? And what does he dream about?

The main protagonists of the film are both high-ranking officials and ordinary people – Hokkaido fishermen, Kyoto artisans, Tokyo office employees, the family of the former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. The students are discussing in what direction Japan will develop in the future.

lake in a japanese park