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The northern island of Hokkaido swings from Siberia-like winters to Mediterranean-like summers. Everything living on Japan's wildest island needs to be extra resilient to survive.
In the far south of Japan, there is a chain of islands stretching towards the tropics - a place where all life is influenced by the power of the sea, and where volcanoes and typhoons are forces to be reckoned with. The journey begins at an island at the top of the chain and travels south, revealing unexpected stories of isolation, unique wildlife and unsolved mysteries.
Japan's largest island, Honshu, is home to over 100 million people. But there is also an astonishing variety of wildlife, and vast areas of wild landscape. On this island, from the mountains all the way to the coast, people and nature are drawn together, and live alongside each other in the most unexpected ways.
Japan - we think of it as a crowded, highly industrialized archipelago. But Japan has a surprisingly vast range of landscapes, from the far north, where sea eagles walk on frozen waters, to subtropical southern islands, with coral reefs and mangroves, and the central islands, with forested mountains, home to bears and monkeys. This series explores how life survives across these islands, and how humans and wildlife have found ways to live alongside the forces of nature and embrace them in quintessential ways.
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