Hey, Mamesuke! -Another errand?
-Good luck! -He’s cute.
-Oh, Mamesuke! Welcome! What do you need today? “Ningyo-yaki”? I’ll prepare it for you right away.All Mamesuke can think about
is Japanese sweets.Illuminated by light,with such brilliance,the velvety smooth egg
falls into the pan.What a beautiful sight.The beautiful egg yolksare joined by a blend of pure white
flour and sugar.They gradually become oneand transform
into a smooth batter.Then a jet-black mold appears.The silky smooth batterwraps around the slightly sweet
red bean paste.Now it’s time to patiently waituntil they are brought to life.And then,with the combination of heat,polished craftsmanship,and years of experience,it achieves a superb aromaand unbelievable softness.Their gentle smiles willturn anyone’s face into a smile.A Japanese confectionarythat delivers happiness to all…the “ningyo-yaki.”Mamesuke! Thanks for waiting. Take care now.How wonderful is Japan?It’s time forJapanese Style Originator. Japanese Style Originator It’s disrespectful to our customers. Service. We offer our services. If I didn’t turn it off, it would’ve been
a disaster. Pay attention.With passion and brightness,women continue to support Japan.They are the hardest-working,
most gentle beings.Tonight,we will be exposed to their long work day.You’ll hear it when it happens. If you remember your lines well… They’ll know right away. I just push and push and push!Bold yet graceful,the 24 hours of Japan’s mighty women.The sun hasn’t risen yet at 4 a.m.At Sotoshu, Shoho-ji Temple in Nagoya,
Aichi,their morning starts with this signal.She looks young. -That was a girl?
-Really? What?She runs with the bells
for the “shinrei” ritualto wake up the trainee monks.They’re all girls.The 18 nuns who reside in this templesilently gather at the meditation hall.Sitting in the center,is Shundo Aoyama, the head priest,who entered this world at age 5and became a priest at age 16.Every morning, they practice 45 minutes
of “zazen.”Never breaking out of posture,they are constantly in touch
with their hearts during training.A woman’s beauty is not about appearance. It’s the personality that seeps out
from within. It’s the personality that seeps out
that’s beautiful like oxidized silver. That’s true beauty. The more you adorn yourself, the more
you’re trying to cover up the void. That’s how I feel about beauty. FROM PHYSICAL BEAUTY, TOUGH TRAINING,
TO THE MOMENT OF BIRTH WE COVER 59 MIGHTY WOMEN
FROM ALL OVER JAPAN!It’s 5 a.m.In the back street of Asakusa, Tokyo,they were waiting impatiently for dawn.They were all wearing
matching “hanten” coats.The air of tensionis making them nervous.Are you okay? You all right? I’m counting on you today!Today, Asakusa celebratesthe most passionate day of the year,the Sanja Festival.If you thought men were the only ones
carrying the “mikoshi” shrine,you were wrong.Shinmon Kizuna-taiwas established 30 years ago.It’s a gathering of 65 passionate womenwho devote their lives to
carrying the “mikoshi.”They gathered before dawn on this dayto prepare for the battle
to carry the “mikoshi.”One cannot carry the “mikoshi”
half-heartedly.It takes a lot of energy to yell. You need to put your all into it. It’s pretty dangerous.Twenty-four hours of Japan’s mighty women.It’s 6 a.m.We are in front of the “Red Gates”
of Tokyo University.At the boarding house in the nearby alley,they were already preparing breakfast.Ms. Kotake has been preparing breakfast
for students for half a century.For students, she is
their mother in Tokyo.I do this… so they get enough vegetables
in their diet.Many boarding houses used to be
concentrated in this area,but Gyoshukan is the only one
that stands in Hongo today.This is a home for college and high school
students who focuson their studies away from home.Including the students studying
for entrance exams,20 male students live here today.Eighty percent of them are
Tokyo University students.Even though the times have changed,the students’ appetite stayed the same.She prepares 3.6 liters of rice and 40
servings of miso soup.Health maintenance is a crucial
duty of a mother.I continue to do this
because of the tension. It’s 6 a.m. and I get up
even when my stomach hurts, or when I have a cold. I have this sense of responsibility. Good morning! Please come in.Breakfast is served for two hours
from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.Everyone eats at their own time.They get to eat miso soup and riceto their heart’s content.-It’s finally sunny so I can do laundry.
-I’m glad to hear. -It’s been raining for days.
-I know. Here you go. I thought you’d like it. -Thank you.
-Is it okay?She only serves freshly cooked, hot rice.I love rice so I’m grateful
that I get to eat it.They get to eat as much as they want,but they must finish everything
on their plate. There is no exception.I don’t like seeing food go to waste. I won’t allow it, it’s just the worst.It all started when she took care of
student survivors after the war.Since then, she has taken care
of over 200 students.Kobayashi, I’m sorry. Are you okay? I’m so sorry. Have a good day. All right.She speaks politely to the studentsas the “mother in Tokyo”to show respect to their parentswho trusted her with their
precious children.It is her duty to maintain orderin this environment.FEMALE VISITORS ARE NOT ALLOWED I’m sure they want to bring girls here, but I prefer that they to go to
their place. Foundational rules are necessary or else things will get chaotic.The nameplates by their door have their
hometown written on itwhich is Ms. Kotake’s way of fostering
the mentality to cherish one’s origin.-Here is the rent.
-I will check it now.The rent is always paid in cash
and in person.If they don’t see the money physically, it’s harder for them to grasp
the value of money. It’s important for them to see the money that’s provided by their parents.Now, here’s a question for you.-Please, wait a minute.
-Yes.When she is giving change for the rent,there is something
she is very particular about.What can that be?Tonight, we cover the mighty women of
Japan in a two-hour special. We will be exposed to various mighty women who provide great support
to their community in their own ways. Ms. Kotake is very particular
when it comes to giving change. What can it be? -I’ve got my answer already.
-How is that possible? It’s common sense -that applies to everything.
-Looking forward to your answers. Let’s take a look. Please show us your answers. -Let’s start with Mr. Chii.
-Yes. I think that she has them send a postcard to their parents to confirm her receipt of the rent. -To show gratitude?
-Yes. I think she adds a message on the receipt. -For their parents.
-Not the student? -Yes.
-Mr. Makita? She puts it in an envelope
because it’s unpleasant to see cash. -It’s unpleasant?
-Yes. Ms. Kanda is our guest today. Let’s take a look at her answer. I think she makes sure that she gives crisp money as change. -Mr. Azuma?
-Yes. -I think she covers the cash somehow.
-Even though you keep cash in your pocket without a wallet,
Mr. Azuma? -You have gold bars, right?
-How did you know?When she receives the rent in cash,and needs to give back change,she makes sure she gives it in crisp,
unwrinkled bills.I always have crisp money whenever I need to give them change.The correct answer was to give change
in new, crisp money.I believe it’s only courtesy to give back
crisp bills when handling valuable money. I hope that it will condition the students to be thoughtful when handling money
as they become independent adults. It’ll train them to make such decisions.She even takes on the duty
to teach them the etiquette of society.Receiving crisp money makes me feel good. It makes me feel good too. It works both ways. Well done, Ms. Kanda. Everyone else was incorrect. It sure feels great to see crisp money. -Gift money is usually crisp money too.
-That’s to be expected.Twenty-four hours of Japan’s mighty women.It’s 7 a.m.At Aichi Senmon Ni-sodo,it was time for everyone to clean.Lively gossip and laughterdoes not exist here.They only face interactions
with themselves.We don’t have radio, newspaper… or TV here. You don’t even read newspapers? Never. I don’t even know
who the current prime minister is.Why did they choose the path of a nun?People wrongly think that they can enter this path just because they couldn’t
be with the one they loved
and things of that nature. But it takes a lot more
to pursue this path. Every being wants to live their life to the fullest. At least half of them entered this path in hopes to live their lives
to the fullest and to surround oneself
with the utmost peace.The temple gates welcomed women who chose
to seclude themselves from the world.At the entrance, we sawa big wooden fish fixture that hung
down from the ceiling.What is this fish-shaped fixture?Mr. Azuma? -It’s a fish gong.
-Let’s see. I also wondered why this fish was here
when I first started. But it’s actually a fish gong. The fish gong is actually this piece
rolled up.The correct answer was the original form
of the fish gong.-You are correct.
-Really?The fish that never blinksrepresents the devotion to practice.The nuns gather for a ritual called,
“gyoshuku.”It is performed during breakfast.“Jyoen” is performed to purify
the wooden areasbefore they place their bowls
in front of them.Their bowls, “ouryouki,”are lacquered.After the “jyoshu” signal, they are servedbrown rice porridge.The porridge is always served
with a daily vegetable dish.They are also served salted kombu,pickled plums, pickled radishand salt and pepper.The nuns start to eat only afterthe head nun Aoyama starts to eat.They eat silently,without any conversation.Now, here’s a question for you.What does “saishin” mean?-Mr. Chii?
-Oh, boy. To clean up the dishes. To clean up the dishes? SAISHIN There’s another signal.After the signal for “saishin,”they brought in buckets of porridge.One “saishin” is allowed per person.Yes, “sashin” means “refill.”Each grain of ricesymbolizes the preciousness of life.They use a spatula with cloth on the tipcalled “setsu” to eatand leave no trace of food in the bowl.It’s their way of showing gratitude
for their life.We must live by sacrificing many lives, but if we take in those lives into ourselves as universal energy that contributes to the world, those lives are able to enter Nirvana
through us. When we say “let’s eat,” it actually means
“I will receive life.” We must never forget that.It’s also 7 a.m. here,where the air smells like salt,at Iyo-Nagahama, Ehime.Lively voices resonate
through the small port town.How are you today? Please buy some fish!Sumiko Kawasaki is a fish peddler.She is an energetic 77-year-old.First thing in the morning,she stops by the fish wholesaler
near the port.She purchases 10,000 yen worth of fishand makes 3,000 yen in profitafter peddling around all day.Sumi works by a particular motto.Push, push and push as much as you can.She is about to start a whole dayof pushing and selling by herself.The waves come downAs if they are flames…-What do you have?
-Horse mackerel. -Come and see.
-Good luck! -Thanks, see you soon!
-Got it! -Give me one.
-Of course. Just one? -Since I’m by myself.
-I’ll give you two for 500 yen? -Should I do that?
-Do it! -Serve it in cucumber.
-I will. Look at this.She sold two horse mackerels for 500 yen.She gave her a generous deal.-What a deal.
-Thank you so much! -This one’s big.
-Yes, that one. I’ll give you the leftovers.
Don’t worry about it.Sumi is generous with extras.It’s delicious.Her pushiness is combined
with great personality.However, there’s something
we’re curious about.Why are you pushing the bicycle trailer? It’s better to push. -They all push it.
-Really? Pulling it and having it behind you -is a bit scary.
-I see.She stops by the bakery.Good morning! Good morning, thank you for your kindness. Yes. -I’m glad you brought your husband.
-We’ll go for a drink. If nobody bought “sashimi” from me,
we’re going to go drink! Let’s buy some after we sell a couple
more loaves of bread.Sumi interacts with her customers
in a very unique way.Her fish is very fresh, her personality is amazing, and she gives great deals. Would it make you think twice
if it was more expensive? That’ll never happen. Nobody gets discouraged from buying
because of the price. It’s true. We all work hard, don’t we? Here, have a glass, it’s hot out. Thanks. -Thank you!
-Sorry it’s not beer.Fish,compassion and charm
are all her selling points.That was delicious.The waves come down…Sumi’s song resonatesthrough the salty sea breeze.It’s impressive.Twenty-four hours of Japan’s mighty women.It’s 8 a.m.A mother takes her children to
the nursery school in Nirasaki, Yamanashi.Now here’s a question for you.What is this woman’s occupation?Her impressivearm muscles are a hint.And then…How is your mom when she’s working? She’s amazing!What job makes this mom strong
and amazing?Ms. Kanda? A body-builder? A body-builder.Since she was headed straight to work,we decided to follow her.I see. Looks like a woody area.She parked her car and came out
in her uniform.This must be her workplace.This is where I work today. I see.Her workplace is a construction site
of a house.Her occupation must be obvious to you
by now.Yes, she is a carpenter.The correct answer was carpenter. All right. Careful, this is heavy! -Impressive.
-See? Isn’t it heavy?Yuko Natoriis the super woman who handles heavy
timber every day.Her muscles prove her craftsmanship.When she was a junior high school student,
she fell in love with the craftsmanshipused to renovate the closet in her room.It was a total transformation. It was very shiny and just beautiful. It made me feel so happy.She wants to provide that same happiness
to others.She became a carpenter at age 23which makes her a veteran of 14 years
in this industry.Amazing.The controller of this site
is her husband, Tamotsu.It’s on the heavier side.They were former co-workers
at a construction companyand got married ten years ago.They became independent three years later.This one’s light. She’s a great work partner. She’s very reliable. She makes my job easier.Their achieved their post-marriage goals
as well.We even built our house together.What do her colleagues think
about the way she works?I don’t think of her as a woman. Since we’re so used to her now. She’s an established craftsman. Thank you for today. Please excuse me.She leaves work a little earlierto fulfill the important dutyof picking up her children.For now, she’s back to being a mother.This is the dream house the Natoris built
six years ago.The interior is minimal, with abundant use
of the muku tree.It’s the kids’ secret basesurrounded by the warmth of the wood.Looks like a lot of fun.Of course, these rocking horses
are handmade as well.They had their children in mind to build
their ideal home.But at times…-Did that hurt?
-She hurt herself.There’s always something every day.There’s no time to feel at peace.Did you have an accident? She didn’t make it to the toilet.Seems like she had an accident.-You’re very busy.
-I know. I tend to get inattentive at home. -Does this happen a lot?
-Yes.No matter how tired she is from work,she returns home and plays
with her children every day.The balance of work and child care.It must be hard.If I lost either one, things would get very dull for me. I think that playing with my children is a lot more rewarding because I work. I would get anxious if I wasn’t working,
so it’s all about the balance. What do you want? Let’s go on it together.Twenty-four hours of Japan’s mighty women.It’s 9 a.m.The scenic town along the ocean–is Toba, Mie.
-We’re in Mie now.The women start to gather at this place.They are our next protagonists.They all vary in age.Let’s follow them inside the building.We see flames in the middle.They are building a fire.Now, here’s a question for you.What is their occupation?Please try to guess
from the following hints.This is giant butterbur. It’s very tasty.One, giant butterbur.Two, a metal chisel.It’s rusted and put into use quite a bit.When we asked how they used it…We do these hand motions.Three, polymer clay.What is their occupation that uses these
three tools?Please use these three hints as a reference and think of their
occupation. -How did you figure it out, Mr. Azuma?
-They’re in Mie. You seem confident. I’m very confident. If you’re wrong,
I’ll confiscate your gold bar. Take my cash too.The women gather at a hutnear the harbor.They build a fire in the summer.We have to warm up like this.First, they change into
their own wetsuits.Then, they wear a pure white hood.After changing clothes, they warm uparound the fire for about an hour
before they head out to work.They need to warm up their core.There is a significant meaningbehind their matching white hoods.Since the white expands, it scares the sharks away. It’s known as the charm against evil.The correct answer was female diver.The seven members of the team
also run inns on land.They pick up their essential diving tools.Lead weights that weigh a kilogram each.
They wear a total offive to six kilograms around the waist.The giant butterbur is used like this
on their goggles.When it gets clouded,
there’s no visibility.The polymer clay is rolled up and used as
ear plugs.Their fishing site is a rocky area
three minutes away from the harbor.I have farsighted lenses. -In there?
-Yes. Amazing. Only I do.The divers must alwaysenter the ocean from the left side
of the boat.The right side is designated to pull up
dead people.They abide by superstitions.They place a sign to mark where
they dived.Today’s time limit is an hour and a half.They risk their lives to perform
their duties.During this season,
they harvest bundles ofIwagaki oysters and abalone.They dive three to ten meters under water.When they reach the sea floor,they use the metal chisel to scrape off
the shells of the rocks.It’s a process that requires
a lot of strength.-Amazing strength.
-Did you get something? An Iwagaki oyster! -It’s huge!
-Amazing.They collect their oysters and abalonewith the net attached to their floats.It’s not always the case that they catch
something every time they dive.Oysters take years to grow on these rocks.They are not that easy to scrape off.-Where are they?
-It’s very hard to tell.They are underwater for about a minute.They push their way through thick seaweed
to search for shells.They risk getting their lifeline tangled
in the seaweedif they let their guard down.But they continue to dive every day
because they simply love it.You’ll hear that from many divers.Abalone! How many times do you submerge? Over 100 times!Time is almost up.After a session of diving, the ladies are
completely exhausted.The abalone will be used
in fine Japanese restaurants.There are three here.Their catch is immediately sold
at the market.Today, their magnificent abalone soldfor a high price.There are days when they make five to ten
thousand yen per person.It’s a job where your skills directly
translate to the money you make. It’s different from earning a set salary
like an office worker. It’s exciting. But you definitely have to like doing it. Well done, everyone.
The correct answer was divers. Isn’t it amazing?Twenty-four hours of Japan’s mighty women.It’s 11 a.m.Here we are in the mountains of Wakayama.We saw a woman carryinga chainsaw on her small body alone
on the rugged slope.Her name is Satomi Shoji.She has been cutting trees
for five years now.I studied forestry in college and learned how I love working
in the mountains. That’s how I decided to pursue this
as a career.Her passion for forestry led her
to pursuean industry dominated by men.She makes up her lack of strength
with agility.Where she lacks technique,
she provides support.She wasn’t able to climb the steep slopeof 40 degrees when she first started.She’s able to climb it effortlessly now.It’s the result of her great effortsto prevent herself from being a burden.“Kanbatsu” is the periodic thinningof a forest to maintain fertile soil.If she miscalculates the direction
where the tree falls,it’ll cause a huge accident.She puts her life at risk with this job.It is not a glamorous job by any means,but she feels great joy working
in the magnificent mountains.It is a tiresome job, but I get to witness
with my own eyes how the mountain becomes beautiful as we perform the “kanbatsu”
process. I’ll be able to continue doing this
as long as I take care of by body since it is a lot of
physical labor.Twenty-four hours of Japan’s mighty women.It’s noon.We are in Takamatsu, Kagawa.There are more than a thousand
Sanuki udon shopswithin the prefecture.Ikegami Noodle Shop is one of the most
popular stores among them.Rumi is the owner who significantlycontributes to the popularity
of this shop.-When were you born?
-1932. -Me too!
-We’re the same!She’s turning 76 this year.She interacts with the customers as soon
as the shop opens at 10 a.m.There’s no question about Rumi’s
personality,but the shop is also known for her
delicious Sanuki udon.It’s delicious.Her famous firm and thick noodlestake 15 minutes to boil.Experience the noodle’s texture
with the simple,straight-from-the-pot udon.Straight-from-the-pot udon with an egg
is their most popular item.The egg complements the noodles very well.I pride myself in never giving up. How can I explain? I don’t get surprised.Fifty-two years ago,Rumi started the shop with her husband.They raised their childrenand ran the shop together.It’s been half a century
since it all started.Two hours before the opening of the shop.They ran into unforeseen trouble.You know how the kerosene goes in the pot? Tell them it’s the furnace opening! -Furnace opening?
-Yeah, so that they’ll know right away.The kerosene used to boil
a large volume of waterwas leaking out of a broken hose.Rumi was the one who noticed it first.There could’ve been a huge fire
if they ran the machine.KEROSENE Hello, this is Rumi. Will it be possible
to replace it? Can you refer us to a place? It could just be temporary repairs. Yes, thank you very much.They cannot open the store without
repairing the leaking hose.It’s an hour before the opening
of the shop.A crowd of customers were already outside,
waiting.This isn’t looking good.80 CUSTOMERS IN LINE Good morning. Excuse me. Our hose for the fuel, about 80 centimeters long, has a tear in it, so it’s leaking. Right now, we’re having someone take a look to see if can be
repaired right now.Now, here’s a question for you.At this point, she still doesn’t know
whether the shop will open or not.What did she tell her customers?One, asked them to wait until
it’s repaired.Two, please come back tomorrow.Three, please visit a different shop.What did Rumi tell her customers?-Ms. Manda?
-Let’s see. Please wait until it’s repaired. -One.
-Let’s see. So… All the shops around here are delicious. If I suggest everyone a place, they might get packed.The correct answer was,to suggest a different shop.There are over 1,000 udon shops here. I would love my customers
to go elsewhere to eat.However, the crowd only seems
to get bigger.Thirty minutes before opening,the repairman has finally arrived.What a relief.Rumi immediately goes outside.This umbrella’s no good. Please use these for shade if you’d like.Rumi’s greatest charm is howshe never forgets to smile.It’s fixed!The repairs are complete.It’s very important to not give up. If I do, that’s the end of me. Challenge yourself until the end. Yes, I never want to give up. That’s the difference. I never give up. Thank you all for waiting such a long
time. The machines are repaired now. We are just starting to boil our noodles.As the machine starts running,Rumi’s famous noodlesare being prepared in full-operation.Please come in.The shop is now open.She was able to welcome her customers in.It was hard to get the customers to go
elsewhere. That moved me. We are still here because
of our customers’ hearts.Twenty-four hours of Japan’s mighty women.Before they head out forthe afternoon dive,
they take a lunch break.In the diver’s hut in Mie,they are roasting Iwagaki oysters.-They eat the oysters they harvest.
-I see.This is a diver’s perk.So plump!They keep this delicious rewarda secret from the men.It’s hot!The nuns of Nagoyahave returned from their morning
“takuhatsu.”It is time for them to take a break.They have designated a date and timeto enjoy snacks and conversation.This is called, “gyoucha.”Engaging in whimsical conversation,the nuns turn into little girls
for a moment.On the other hand, the udon shop ladyis nodding off.What does she dream of?Twenty-four hours of Japan’s mighty women.It’s 2 p.m.This is a supermarket located
in Taito district, Tokyo.We see a woman purchasinggroceries in bulk.Her basket is completely full
of groceries.Impressive.She’s used to pushing two carts.It takes great effort to ring them up
at the register.Grocery shopping is finally done.However…I take the carts because
it’s just too much. They let me borrow it because I can’t
carry all of this myself. -You always buy this much?
-Yes. -This is typical for us.
-This is typical?She stops by another shop.-Thirty minced beef and 30 croquettes.
-Thank you very much.The worker rushes to fill
her huge order.-I’ll wrap it up now.
-Thank you very much. One time, when I was shopping
like I usually do, people saw me buy it in bulk which
led them to think it was delicious, which it is. So, I caused a huge line to form that went out the door.She purchased 30 each of minced beef
and croquettes.Furthermore…She purchases T-shirts in bulk
at this store.Now, here’s a question for you.In the early afternoon, this woman
purchases groceries,fried food and T-shirts, all in bulk.What does this woman do?-Can this be very straightforward?
-It could be. The early afternoon… That is the case here. Can she be preparing for dinner? I wonder what she does with the T-shirts. Let’s take a look at your answers. They all seem similar. -But a little different.
-I suspect it’s for a sumo stable. But the T-shirts stumped me. I see, I see. -Please choose one answer.
-Then, a pro wrestling gym. I got very curious when she mentioned the huge line
out the door -when she purchased the fried foods.
-Really? Are customers allowed in a sumo stable? She meant that she caused a line to form at the croquette shop since she always buys in bulk. It made people think they were very good. -The line didn’t form at the stable.
-I see.She pushes two carts full of groceriesshe purchased at the supermarket.This must be her house.Let’s take a look insideto find out what she does.It’s spacious!In her spacious home,we see large men.It must be obvious by now.Yes, it was a sumo stable.The correct answer wasthe owner of a sumo stable.The groceries and fried food purchased
in bulkis all for dinner that night.The T-shirt shop she stopped bywas a plus-size specialty store.This is Chiganoura Stable located in
Taito district, Tokyo.It was established five years ago.It’s a newly established sumo stable
currently training 15 sumo wrestlers.The stable master is former “sekiwake,”
Masudayama.The stable master and his wifemarried 30 years ago.She has and continues to provide immense
support for her husband.What is her role at the sumo stable? She’s the adviser of the sumo wrestlers. She’s there for them. What’s today’s “chanko”?After the lesson, in the kitchen area
known as “chanko-ba,”the young sumo wrestler started
to prepare “chanko.”The bulk groceries purchased earlierare all thrown in the hot pot.Isn’t this cute? Aloha. I like that.It is her duty to provide meals,
necessitiesand health maintenance
for the sumo wrestlers.Dai, did you make a friend
at the training institute? Since we’re taking care of others’
precious children, I always think about their physical and mental health. We get to see them evolve and it’s extremely rewarding to see. As if they are my own sons, I think about how much they’ve grown. Everyone has answered correctly! Excuse me, everyone except Mr. Chii
is correct!Twenty-four hours of Japan’s mighty women.It’s 3 p.m.This is Anjo, Aichi.Toshie appears on her bicycle she’s been
riding for over 50 years.Now, here’s a question for you.What does this lady sell?Let’s ask a few questions.-What are you carrying?
-They’re all “furoshiki.” -“Furoshiki”?
-I carry them like this. -What’s in the bag?
-Cash, about 50,000 yen. 50,000 yen? She’s taking the train. 50,000 yen is a substantial amount. They’re from a TV station. They’re covering me today.She leaves her bicycle at the stationand takes the train to Nagoya station.She then takes a bus to her supplier.Do you commute every day? Let’s see. Usually once a week. But I don’t have any customers right now
so it’s been once every other week.She walks to the supplier from here.We waited 20 minutes for her
to return.And then…She amazed us with her strengthand graceful walk, it’s unbelievable
that she’s 87 years old.Again, she is 87 years old.Once she carries the products on her back,she’ll never put it down on the floor,
even while she waits for the bus.Thank you for riding the Nagoya station
bus. Thank you, excuse me. -What is it?
-Excuse me. Excuse me. -She can’t go in!
–She’s stuck.-It’s stuck.
-How’s this? All right. There we go. Thank you.She stocks up on products
every other week.Even when she’s seated on the bus,
she’ll never put it down on the floor.How long have you done this for? About 40 years.She transfers to the train at the station.Although she’s been doing this
for 40 years,she carries 15 kilograms of product
on her back.It’s a great task just to walk with it.She transports all the product by herselffrom the supplier. What does she sell?-It’s not food.
-What can it be? -She used to stock up more.
-Yes, before, she did it once a week. -Can it be found in shops in Tokyo?
-Yes. The number of shops are decreasing. Is it because of the times
and not the economy? It might not be affected by the economy. -I got it!
-You can make me give it away. -It has nothing to do with the economy.
-I don’t know. -I got it.
-I think there’s a set clientele. -I think you’ve all been.
-Even my generation? -Of course.
-Are you sure? -Yes.
-Did Makita go too? -I’m sure of it.
-What? -You go as a child?
-I think I got it. -You don’t go as an adult, right?
-I’ve said enough. -That’s enough hints.
-You don’t go as an adult? If everyone’s correct,
you made a huge mistake. He’s right. Look at that face. Don’t worry about it.She carried her large luggage
all this way.She will now transport it on her bicycle.Come to my house for some tea.How is her house?I bought this place in 1938. -Come this way.
-What do you sell here? I sell candies here.The lady rana candy shop with her
91-year-old husband.-Can I buy this?
-Of course.Every other week, she stocks up on
product at a candy wholesaler.It’s a smaller purchase this time.
It’s usually two times more. -That must be heavy.
-Unbelievable. Good luck! Almost ready.She sewed up her ownlarge-sized “furoshiki” to carry the candy
in bulk.She was carrying this “furoshiki”
in another one earlier. -It’s a big size.
-I thought there were multiple ones. Now, go sell them! It’s expensive to use a shipping service.
If I do it myself, I only need train fare. I can carry it like this, no problem.The 15 kilograms of productsand the long, two-hour commutedoesn’t bother
the 87-year-old one bit.She struggles to carry her product,only to make a small profit.-I think I profit about 2.8 percent.
-I see.She offers great prices to see
the children smile.That’s the number one seller. This one. “Kinako stick” soy flour mochi
is the most popular. If it’s red at the tip, you get another
for free. -When did you start the shop?
-Hold on… Look, I won again.Even in this age of declining birth rate,she still interacts with the children
like she always has.Let’s count. You like this one too, right? It’s 50 yen, that’s 100 yen. -How much is the change?
-Fifty yen. You’re correct! You’re very smart. Here you go. Because of this shop,
I get to interact with kids. I just want to keep doing it as long as I’m able to. That’s how I feel. The correct answer was candy shop.
Everyone besides Mr. Makita is correct. -Why did you write “fertilizer”?
-I had no clue. Since Masuda hinted
at declining birth rate, that it wasn’t related to the economy. That was a complete mistake.Twenty-four hours of Japan’s mighty women.It’s 5 p.m.The three ladies are about to head
to work.Their occupationis a traditional performance art.They arrived ata theater dedicated to “rakugo,”
traditional Japanese comic storytelling.She is the first female “rakugo” artist
of Japan.Tsuyuno Miyako.The other two ladies are observing
her stage from the wing.They’re Miyako’s first and second
apprentice,Miyabi and Makoto, respectively.They are working to master the art of
“rakugo.”A “rakugo” apprentice’s work daystarts from the morning.At their master’s house,they take care of chores like cleaning
and laundry every dayto learn the customs and etiquette.It’s not uncommon for people to quitbecause the process is strict and tedious.When Master scolds me for my mistakes, I feel grateful for her words and the fact that she lets me learn at her own home. My interest sparked when I saw Master
perform. It was an intuitive decision to pursue
this path.The next moment…-Who cleaned the entrance today?
-I did. -I cleaned the entrance.
-Come see this. Yes. Whenever you clean the entrance,
you use the vacuum, right? Make sure you get all of the sand. See? -Or else what’s the point in cleaning?
-I understand.After a strict scolding,the master shows her apprentice
how it’s done.She is extremely strict with her
apprentices after experiencingthe male-dominated world herself.When I was in training, I wasn’t allowed
to practice “rakugo” unless I could clean and do errands. You might think cleaning has nothing to do
with “rakugo.” But it actually makes you more considerate
when you go on stage. It’ll give you a wider perspective,
so keep at it.This is how the master’s apprenticesinherit the master’s skill and knowledge.After cleaning, tension fills the air as
the apprentices prepare for training.It’s time to have their performance
materialcritiqued by their master.Makoto, do the first part again. Let me show you something. Are you ready for this? Heave-ho! Heave-ho! Huh? What just happened? You’re sloppy. Since you know your lines,
your flow is very fast. There’s no place for the audience
to laugh or enjoy themselves. You must work
on your execution. Add more character to it. Show me again. Pick up where you left off. Heave-ho! Heave-ho! Huh? You’re actually saying that wrong. You’re adding an extra syllable to it. Heave-ho! Heave! Huh? Heave-ho! Heave! Huh? Don’t add that syllable. Heave-ho! Heave! Huh?It’s standard to learn technique
by word of mouth.There is no textbook.When the lesson is done,Makoto hurries back home.She practices what she learned
before she forgets.Her fifth performance material notebookwas filled with things she learned
by word of mouth.Let me show you something. Are you ready for this? Heave-ho! Heave! Huh? Hey, what’s with the “huh”? You wanted something showy, right?Master tells them that they still have
a long way to go.Heave-ho! Heave! Huh?Do they have any doubts?I’m determined to do it. My parents were against it, but that didn’t stop me. I can’t go back home that easily. I want to be a “rakugo” artist like Master who’s able to create a warm atmosphere
around her.Twenty-four hours of Japan’s mighty women.It’s 6 p.m.Thank you all for coming. -Let’s get started.
-Yeah!At Asakusa, the Sanja Festivalwas about to reach its peak,1,200 people gathered for “miyairi,”
to return the “mikoshi” to the temple.The members of Shinmon Kizuna-tai
are all here.And then…Ready!At last, it’s time.Out of the 1,200 who gathered,only 100 of them can actually carry
the “mikoshi.”Heave-ho! Heave-ho!They try their best to secure positionsfor themselves and their team members.They start to take turns, however,after a while…Get out! Step back! Switch! Wow, she pushed a man out.The frenzy peaks after sunset.They are relentless to anyone
who wedged themselves in.Wait your turn if you’re going in! Step away! Wait your turn!Their passionate voices resonate
through Asakusa.Heave-ho! Heave-ho!In the meantime, it was time for dinner
at the sumo stable.It’s finally time for her to take a break.Here’s Ms. Natori, the carpenter
and mother of three children.She ignores them for a moment
to have dinner.In Ehime, Sumi the peddlerhas a drink along with her unsold fish.This is my medicine. This is my purpose. I can drink anything. It could be Gekkeikan. This one’s called Gottsan.Twenty-four hours of Japan’s mighty women.It’s 7 p.m.At Hotel Hanamizuki in the Nagashima
Hot Springs of Mie,they were busy serving customers
at the banquet.Tonight’s banquet was attended by 40.-Is the food almost ready?
-Coming right up. Is it ready? Make sure you start on time.There’s a woman who oversees every detail
to make sure things are done properly.You must serve it in a glass. Don’t serve it in a can. Be proper and serve it in a glass. I check everyone’s manners
and how they hold things. I also make sure the food is served
on time. -Excuse me.
-Excuse me.There are 120 “nakai” waitresses here.They vary in age and originand are led by the general chief.That is Ms. Komori’s duty, who is a
veteran of 37 years.It’s at least 39,060 yen per night to stay
at this luxury “ryokan.”It’s also an enormous place where they can
accommodate 900 people.Ms. Komori is single-handedly responsibleto maintain the quality of service.One of her duties is to train newcomers
in customer service.What setting shall we use today? How about a group of four ladies
from Osaka? -I see, first-timers?
-Yes.The newcomers learn customer serviceby training in hypothetical situations.First, they guide the guests
to their room.Then, they give an explanation
of the facilities of the building.Furthermore, they must learn
how to serve teaand proper manners while wearing
a “kimono.”Take a step, then stop. That’s not right. You have to maintain this posture
in the halls. Remember? Put four fingers under the tray
with your thumb on top. Our guests paid a great amount of money
to stay here. -Do you understand?
-Yes. It’s all about service! We must provide them with our service. They expect the best service.A true duty of a “nakai” is to acquire
and internalize the knowledgethat’s not written in the manuals.Please make sure that the handle
of the teapot is placed parallel with the hot water pot. See what happens in this position. Try adding some water. -It’s difficult.
-Right? It’ll inconvenience the guest.
Why not place it like this? -It’s a lot easier.
-Isn’t it? This is the type of service we offer. This is service. This is the service expected from us.Newcomers who are fresh out of high schoolare faced with many challenges.It’s impressive how there are many young
people here. It’s very nice. -You’re trained well.
-Thank you very much. -Thank you very much.
-Why are you saying that? Why do you say, “thank you very much”? They might be telling you
the opposite thing. That they don’t like how you’re young
and inexperienced. You can’t simply respond with
“thank you very much.” “Please excuse my inattentiveness.” “I truly value your opinions regarding
my service.” -Express your modesty. Remember that.
-Yes. You’re not a veteran yet. I learn something new every day. Why did you choose this path? The duty is to be proper at all times. My mother wanted me to do this as training
for homemaking.No matter what happens, they must not
panic or be agitated.To become a true “nakai,”it’s part of the training to sit on their
knees for an extended period of time.It isn’t easy.That’s completely wrong! -Don’t cry about it.
-I couldn’t do it. That’s why you’re practicing right now. Have fun while doing it. Crying is taboo. I’m training you so you can be proper in front of our guests. You must do your best to internalize everything you learn here. Or else it’s disrespectful to our guests. Go on. These attractions… I’m sorry. You can do it.Every tear becomes strength.The general chief is the one who
understands that the most.The manual only consists
of obvious things. You must go beyond that. You must continue to go beyond the manual and make it yours. Service. It’s all about our service.
Never forget that. My strength is everyone. -How everyone is strong?
-Yes. Without a strong heart, it wouldn’t last.Twenty-four hours of Japan’s mighty women.It’s 8 p.m.They silently face themselves
in the night “zazen.”It’s time for the “yaza.”Their eyes are closed with intent.And now it’s 9 p.m.The nunnery’s day is over.In the meantime, in Tokyo,the town was crowded with office workers
who finished their work day.It is now 10 p.m.At the candy shop in Adachi district…You have to watch the pot yourself! Be thorough in everything you do!Kazuko Morikawa is a Japanese
confectionary craftsmanwho starts to work at this hour.Azuki beans, white kidney beansand a variety of beans are usedto make the sweet and soft confectionary.Yes, the sugared beans.But why at night?I’m particular about preparing it at night
and selling them fresh that day. It’s always delicious when it’s fresh. So, you choose to do this? Yes, but people might think
I’m foolish for it.She’s been running the business
for 52 years.In order to provide the most fresh
and soft sugared beans,Kazuko devotes herself to work every day.First, she boils the beans.Fire strength is crucial to achieve
the perfect softness.You cannot take your eyes
away from the pot.When the beans are softened,they are poured into molasses.This is how the flavor is determined.Kazuko’s special, rich molassesis made with a secret recipethat’s been used for 52 years.I need to treat it with great care or else it’s not going to be good. That’s
why I’m very particular about it.Kazuko never gives upand continues to face the steaming pot.The temperature of her workshopis 45 degrees Celsius.Hydration is a must.How bold. Once you start, don’t step away
from the pot. You’ll forget about it immediately. Why did you take this one out? That’s because I stopped it!She’s strict with her wordsin order to produce the best product.She takes pride in protecting the shop
for 52 years.The heavy beans soaked with molassesare now placed in a steaming basket.It is then left for three hoursto air-dry naturally.In order to sell the freshest products
when the shop opens at 9 a.m.,she always starts the preparation processlate at night.I love sweets myself and I make a variety
of them, but this one is the best.Her great efforts resultin a delightfully sweet and soft luxury.Kazuko’s sugared beans are packed withher particularities and deep passion.I can’t fail if I wanted to sell good
quality products. It’s tough.Twenty-four hours of Japan’s mighty women.It’s midnight and the neon lights shine
in the pleasure quarter.-Thank you very much.
-Thank you!The hostesses send off the tipsy men.They hide their troubles
behind their charming smilesto support the men of today’s society.It’s 1 a.m.This is a room in a condominium in Tokyo.The tenant of this lit room is…Yes, a pregnant woman who’s due today.She could start labor any minute now.She chose to give birth here,at her home.The midwife accompanies the pregnant womanwho’s about to give birth
to her first child.In order for her to relax during labor,the midwife continues to talkand massage the pregnant woman.Excuse me. If Shizuka can’t relax, it gets harder
for her to give birth. So, if you’re going to sleep, please do so
now. I’ll wake you up. Andrew, will you please massage her waist?Midwives are the doctors in a home birth.They can be both gentle and strict
at times.Ms. Ishimura supports the health
and spiritof pregnant women and has handled over
600 births in the past.On average, she takes care of five
pregnant women every month.She runs around all day, regardless of the
time, to the pregnant women in her area.She will take in a new client today.For every new client, the midwifemakes sure she visits a particular spot.The nearest police station.Whenever she takes in a new client,the midwife always visits
the police station.But why would she visit
the police station?Ms. Kanda? What? Because she goes in and out
of the house freely? I see. What do you do here? I apply for a childbirth aide
parking permit. When the doctor approves home birth, I always obtain it. This is it. It’s quite a process.
I apply for it, pick it up and then return it. I have to do it for each client and if I have five clients in a month, I go to the police station 15 times. It feels like I’m at some police station every day.The correct answer was to obtain
a parking permit.Since every childbirth is unpredictable,she is allowed to park on the streetfor a month around the due date
with this permit.Moment to moment,the birth of a new life approaches.It’s time.You’re okay. -May I push?
-Not yet. Breathe.Twenty-four hours of Japan’s mighty women.It’s 2 a.m.We’re in Itan, Hyogo.There are women who start worklate at night when the town is asleep.Now, here’s a question for you.What is their occupation?Please answer by examiningthe four hints provided.Why do you go to work this late? It’s because we must adjust
to our client’s schedule. What kind of job is it? It’s an unchanged,
traditional Japanese job.The third hint is a metal spatula.This use this as a tool.The final hint is a box cutter.This is another tool.What occupation requires them to start
working at 2 a.m.?-Are women preferred to work this job?
-There’s no preference. Is it better if a man takes it on? Gender does not matter here.
It’s a traditional Japanese job. This occupation existed back in the day? -It didn’t?
-Please don’t deny the hints. -Are they craftsmen?
-Yes, they are. -Craftsmen?
-Let’s take a look at your answers. -I see varied responses.
-Interior design. -More specifically?
-Interior design using paper. -Ms. Manda?
-I think they are traditional sign makers. Not the neon ones. The ones with lettering
and pictures. -Mr. Makita?
-I’ve repaired my father’s sliding screen door before and I remember using a box cutter.
I think the spatula -is to smooth out the surface.
-Ms. Kanda? The repapering of “shoji” screens. They redo all of it. -Mr. Azuma. Bee hive extermination?
-Yes, I thought it was better to perform the extermination process
at night.They load up their things late at night
and head toa restaurant in a shopping district.-Hello.
-Hello. They’re here to work on this place. Thank you very much. Right this way.They are about to start working at a
restaurant after it closed for the day.They start the process at 3 a.m.
First, they take downscreens from the ceiling that were
covering the light.We are repapering “shoji” screens. -I was right!
–The correct answer wasthe repapering of “shoji” screens.Well done. Let’s continue watching.This restaurant is open every day
of the year.The craftsmen must re-paper 40
“shoji” screensduring closing hours starting from 3 a.m.
until the morning.After all the screens are taken down,they first peel off the old “shoji” paper.The metal spatula is used for this
process.At her company, they also handlethe repapering of “fusuma” sliding doors
and “tatami” mats.They are often asked to do their work
late at night.Isn’t it tough working late at night? When you get used to it, it gets easier.Initially, Ms. Hirayama joined the company
as administrative staff.When she visited the factory,she was inspired to work
with her own hands.It’s been six years since she made
the decision to pursue this path.The box cutter is used to cut
the new “shoji” paper.She’s completely focused to providethorough and prompt service.She takes pride in being a craftsman.I’m confident that I won’t lose. I’m more interested in having technique than being fast. Fast but sloppy work is completely meaningless.She tells us that being a womanallowed her to be strict to herself.Then, around sunrise, the repaperingof 40 “shoji” screens is complete.Their job is done after they put them back
up one by one.The dark lighting due to dirty screensis now impressive and bright.The traditional Japanese craftwas kept alive during unexpected hours.Well done! I’ll accept “fusuma” too.
Mr. Makita is also correct. How about me? -I got it too.
-Your answer is too vague. All right, you’re correct too Mr. Chii. Does that make you feel better?Twenty-four hours of Japan’s mighty women.Another day is about to start.The sound of the bell resonates throughAichi Senmon Ni-sodo.The bell rings 108 times to represent
the 108 worldly desires.The Buddha’s great voice.The nuns worship each time
the bell is struck.Head priest Aoyama describesthe strength of a woman to us.What is strength? It’s the flexibility of water. Their strength is like the flexibility
of water and air. It’s selflessness.They never forget to smileeven if they’re in pain or sorrow.They are full of passion.The women of Japan are strongbecause they work to support
their loved ones.It’s been over ten hours
since the contractions started.There’s tension in the air.You’re doing well. MIDWIFE: ASAKO ISHIMURA
AGE 54 All right, let’s change positions.It’s time.There you go. Yup, that’s fine. I see your baby! Let’s keep breathing. There you go. It’s coming! The baby is coming out. You’re almost there. Let’s keep breathing. You’re doing well. -Can you raise yourself up?
-Let’s try. Congratulations! It’s 9:55 a.m. Here’s your mother! It’s a girl. That was tough. Now, we want the baby’s head properly
placed.After 11 hours of labor,a healthy girl was born.How can I describe it? I think I was able to relax more at home. It’s expected to take long when it’s your
first childbirth and that was an easy one.Here, another mighty woman
of Japan was born.I started to tear up. That was a moving moment. -Certainly.
-It’s the best job for a woman. When I see footage of childbirth, I think women are the strongest. It reminds me of that fact.
Like water, they are flexible and able to adapt to any environment. There’s strength and there’s also their powerful smile. We’re all saved by it. That’s what I think. This show was a documentary? -What do you mean?
-You didn’t know? We need to provide an explanation
each time so he won’t get lost. Subtitle translation by