Season 27, Episode 4 Island of the Spirits

First Aired: November 2, 1999

Following the change of seasons on Hokkaido, “Japan's last wilderness,” according to host John Hurt, “a world in which all creatures are sacred.” The northern island is inhabited by the Ainu people, who came here---from Siberia, it is speculated---in the seventh or eighth century. They share their homeland with animals that are also from the north, including red foxes, brown bears and flying squirrels. Overhead: Steller's sea eagles (they have eight-foot wing spans); their smaller relatives, white-tailed eagles; and “Japan's national emblem,” the crane.

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