Satoyama

Synopsis
Mitsuhiko Imamori's vocation is to portray the lives of the insects, animals and plants that thrive in "Satoyama" -- agricultural areas unique to his native Japan. Although terraced rice paddies have transformed the appearance of Satoyama hillsides, their biodiversity has been maintained in a variety of ways, such as planting and maintaining small copses among the paddies. Over hundreds of years, many species have adapted themselves to suit the agricultural cycle. Imamori, filming in HDTV format, captures the richness and color of this unique ecosystem.