Welcome to Japan’s other dimension. In collaboration with the popular book Wonder Japan, this show explores the different dimensions, also known as ‘wonder spots’ that suddenly appear in our daily lives. New industries within industries emerge, sparking wonder across the nation.
In this episode we introduce two sightseeing areas in Gunma Prefecture's Ota City. Mikazukimura is a reproduction of a lodging town from the Edo era, the launch point of a trip into the world of Monjiro Kogarashi.
For some reason, near scenic Lake Tazawa in Akita Prefecture towers a glittering golden statue of Kannon. But at a height of 35m, it seems a bit half-baked. However, it proudly proclaims itself as Japan's "largest cast Kannon statue".
The Akabanedai Housing Complex was built in 1962 as the first large-scale housing complex in Tokyo's 23 wards. This mammoth complex has a total of 55 buildings containing a total of 3,373 housing units.
Atami Castle, perched on a 100m cliff, is a symbol of scenic Atami. It is a "tourism castle", made of reinforced concrete. It has an observation deck and Japanese castle museum, but of particular note are its concrete shachihoko.
The first topic of this episode is Gunkanjima (Hashima) and second topic is Ikeshima. Going into the depth of these two abandoned coal mine islands which used to contribute largely to Japan's modernization.