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NHK Broadcasting Studios

The 150-inch Hi-Vision display

Getting ready to go on-air

NHK is one of Japan's leading television broadcasters. Established in 1925, it reaches more than 35 million households, and is a premium service, meaning people must pay to watch the programming. The NHK Studio Park shows visitors the inner workings of a television studio. The first stop on the tour is the 150-inch display that greets visitors with a larger-than-life-size image in high definition. The photo to the left shows our group in front of the display. After a brief introduction, visitors are ushered into the Hi-Vision News Theater, where one of the group puts on an in-house news program. While the rest of us sat in the audience, Durjay was "miked up" and gave us the news. Preparation includes reviewing and editing the script, as well as sound checks. The photo to the upper right shows Durjay reviewing his script prior to the big moment. The presentation Audience response!is done in front of an audience of A view of the program from oneyour friends--brutal. The photo at the bottom left shows the enthusiastic support that we lent Durjay during the broadcast, while the photo at the bottom right shows the sound check prior to going on-air.




Students in costume at the Samurai Drama StudioOur Group Posing with the cut-outsThe next stop on the tour is the Samurai Drama studio; NHK produces their own in-house drama productions. Visitors are encouraged to dress up in period costumes and pose for pictures on the set. The photo to the left shows Dhika and Sandra in full costume. From the Samurai Studio visitors proceed to some hands-on broadcasting activities, including dubbing animations, and using blue screen techniques to put yourself in a video. From there the tour proceeds to the History Studio, which showcases developments in broadcasting, as well as highlights from NHK's most successful programs. Next, visitors are taken to the Open Studio exhibit, where they can watch a live broadcast. The next stop is perhaps the most spectacular, the Media Studio, where you can enjoy three dimensional high definition television, without the use of those goofy glasses. The tour ends with a group shot in front of a mock-up news studio (complete with cardboard cut-outs of the anchors), shown in the photo to the right.


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