Season 27, Episode 21 Japan's Secret Garden

First Aired: December 19, 2000

Vsiting a “satoyama,” an ecosystem created by humans to cultivate rice, which is also home to a wide variety of wildlife (“sato” means people or village; “yama,” mountain or nature). David Attenborough narrates the hour, during which time-lapse photography follows life for a year in a satoyama near Lake Biwa in central Japan. In spring, farmers flood the terraced fields---and 1000 species find their way there. Among them: catfish, which swim upstream from Lake Biwa to lay their eggs in the mud.

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  • Premiered: March 3, 1974
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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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