Satoyama: Japan's Secret Watergarden

Satoyama is a traditional ecosystem in rural area of Japan. People manage the land and in return Satoyama nourishes a diversity of life. We travel to the heart of Japan, where Japan's largest lake, Biwa-ko lies and Satoyama ecosystem is still well alive. People there use a traditional water system called Kabata in which natural spring water is directly drawn into houses. Water then pours into the creek that runs through the village, and eventually flows down into Lake Biwa, nurturing fish, dragonflies, snakes, birds and many other lives along the way. The poetic visuals of Satoyama portray people and nature in an intimate relationship.
Prize for best cultural and general-interest TV documentary --2005 Prix Italia