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tv   The Travel Show  BBC News  August 20, 2019 3:30am-4:01am BST

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the headlines: a 21—year—old woman in el salvador whose baby was found dead in the toilet where she gave birth has been cleared during a retrial. evelyn hernandez had been found guilty of aggravated homicide under the country's strict abortion laws and served 33 months as the festival comes of a 30—year sentence. to a dramatic close, my time in hokkaido finishes in what feels like a world away from where it started. the former president of sudan, omar al—bashir, has appeared i have found a place that has in court for trial in a short time adopted so much on corruption charges — his first such appearance of japanese culture, but within that since being overthrown has found its own way by the military in april. he was kept in a cage in the heavily of expressing itself. guarded courthouse in khartoum. he denies all the charges. prince andrew has described as "abhorrent" suggestions who knows what the next 150 years that he would participate in or condone the exploitation might bring to this unique of any human being. japanese island. the statement came after a video emerged showing the prince at the home ofjeffrey epstein after the financier had served a prison sentence for sex offences check that out, that is an act. ‘soran bushi' plays. against underage girls.
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police investigating the death of pc andrew harper can charge a 20—year—old man with murder. jed foster from reading is 20—year—old man with murder. jed fosterfrom reading is accused of killing the man and stealing a quad bike. his widow has written an open letter paying tribute to him saying he was one of the most kind, selfless people you will ever meet. our correspondence daniel sanford has this. at the crossroads where pc andrew harper died close colleagues and members of the roads policing team that he was part of — hello there. struggling to control their emotion. the last two weeks have been pretty a team in deep mourning for a much unsettled across the uk, quite a lot of rain around, strong, loved fellow officer. tonight his wife lissie released unseasonable winds too. but there are signs, a tribute to her husband ofjust 28 as this week continues to wear on, days describing him as brave, pressure will begin to build, things will turn drier and warmer, funny, kind and selfless. and in fact today is looking like one of those. there will be quite a lot of dry "i want to be angry", she said, and warm weather around as high "but yourjob took you from us pressure begins to nose but i know that you loved it in from the south—west. and always wanted to keep everyone we still have a few weather fronts
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across northern areas. safe, especially me. they'll generate a few showers at times, mainly across central, my heart is broken without you, southern scotland and into northern my sweetheart, you have them printed england, maybe the odd one there for northern ireland, so much love and laughter onto all our lives and we are honoured for that." but i think elsewhere largely dry. she said he was "perfect" and thanked him for the happiest 13 years of her life. lovely spells of sunshine after the chilly start into the afternoon. we'll see those temperatures at a traveller's site two miles reaching 19—21 degrees across england and wales. from where pc harper was killed, closer to 15—18 across northern ireland and scotland. so those values are a touch below forensics officers continue the seasonal average. to work in a static caravan as we head through tuesday night, while the crown prosecution service announced that jed foster, it looks like it'll be another a 20—year—old from reading, had been charged with the murder largely dry one. one or two showers across of pc harper and the theft of a quad northern and western areas. bike on thursday nightjust before he was killed. a bit more of a breeze here, jed foster will appear in court but lighter winds further south at reading magistrates‘ tomorrow morning. and east, so that again will lead daniel sandford, bbc news. to a fairly cool night, particularly out of town and where skies clear. so that takes us on now on bbc news, into wednesday, then. it's the travel show. we've got pressure building across southern and eastern areas as this high pressure establishes itself over the near continent, but another area of low pressure could spoil things across the north this is japan's most northerly main island of hokkaido. and the west of the for decades, travellers have been country for wednesday.
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drawn here by its stark contrast most places will start fine with some sunshine around, to the rest of the country. but then we'll see this weather it's anotherjapan, one that is wild, challenging and remote. front push into northern ireland, it's an incredible experience! then into much of scotland through the day. wet and windy conditions, and ahead of it, perhaps a few showers affecting the north and west of wales, perhaps northwest england. with distinctive communities. but there will be good spells of sunshine again further south and east, where it'll actually feel quite warm, 22 or 23 degrees. i've come to meet them and to find out more that weather system clears away as we head on into thursday. about the country's there'll be more weather fronts affecting the northwest corner of the country. the further south and east you are, closest to the high pressure, northern frontier. the lighter the winds, and also more sunshine around. we'll be tapping into some of the warmth over the near continent, so you can see the red colours indicating something warmer, into the low—to—mid—20s celsius. friday, similar story — we'll have a weather front affecting the far northwest of the country, but with southerly winds, that warmth will spread a bit further north. we will see 20 celsius so, if you look out to where i'm or even warmer than that heading, that is japan's for northern ireland, most northerly point. but on the other side, parts of eastern scotland, and we could see 26 or 27 just a0 kilometres from the japanese coastline is the great degrees across central, landmass, russia. now that is important because it was russia expanding southern and eastern england. so that's the picture for friday. eastwards that led to japan 150 years ago to annex that island as we head on into the weekend, and give it the name, hokkaido. high pressure continues to dominate.
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that is, away from the northwest corner of the country, which will always see those weather fronts bringing more cloud at times. but it really will turn warmer. we could see 27 or 28 degrees on saturday across the south and the east. the island isn't small. it's around one fifth of japan's total landmass but nearly a century and a half after the move to fully populate hokkaido, still only around 4% of japan's people live here. hello, hokkaido! but because of this relatively recent migration, the island that was developed by those first japanese settlers took on its own distinct characteristics, making it markedly different from the mainland. one of the immediate issues was how to live alongside what many agree to be the island's indigenous inhabitants, the ainu. i'd come to meet this man
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who recently returned to his heritage following in the footsteps of the ainu. for his ancestors, hunting animals was key to survival. today this means a fusion of modern and traditional hunting techniques like making use of every part of the hunted animal. when the japanese settled here, the ainu were made to assimilate into japanese society. their traditional lifestyle was banned and so today, little of their old
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way of life remains. so, we're going hunting? hunting. excellent, let's do it. there are bears in this forest, i'm sticking close to him. this is bbc news. so tell me, you go welcome if you're watching hunting every day? here in the uk, on pbs in america or around the globe. i'm mike embley. our top stories: a young woman's cleared of murder in el salvador, casting a fresh light on the country's strict anti—abortion laws. on the march as neo—fascists demonstrate in oregon. we assess the rise of the far right in the us. sudan's ousted president is in court for a trial many thought they would never see. prince andrew says he's "appalled" by the crimes of his former friend, convicted sex offender jeffrey epstein. until recently, those who openly
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showed their ainu status have faced discrimination. but with the ainu nowjust starting to get recognition injapanese law as indigenous people with their own distinct language and culture, things are beginning to change. so this is where the deer trap is, yeah? he is clearly disappointed that there isn't a deer in his trap here, so he's adjusting a little bit. between you and me, i'm a bit relieved. look around you and you can see what attracts travellers here. stunning landscapes, but for young people seeking opportunities, this island doesn't make things easy. over the years japan has wrestled with economic challenges. hokkaido has been one of the areas hardest hit. in the previously thriving mining city of yubari,
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90% of their population have moved away in 50 years. demographically, yubari is the oldest city injapan. probably the oldest city in the world and quite possibly the oldest city, ever. and at 80 years old, one of its residents has achieved celebrity status around japan. konnichiwa. mascots are big business in this country and they don't get much bigger — or, frankly, scarier — than yubari's very own melon bear. a nod to the city's famed and prized fruit. why do you do it?
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but there is a much more serious side to melon bear — to entice tourists to yubari. and maybe in one sense it has worked, because travellers are now coming here.
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ruins left by economic turbulence litter japan's landscapes and here it has sprung up the hobby called haikyo — exploring the abandoned buildings. look at this, this is industrial history, isn't it? just over a decade ago, yubari was declared bankrupt. those who remained were made to move into a small, central area of the city living everything else abandoned. that places is like the old thermal powerplant, sato—san, hosts art projects and helps people to explore. walking around, i'm left with mixed feelings because it so powerfully symbolises the decline of a once prosperous place, but i can also see why people
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love exploring here. there's a mysterious beauty to what's left behind. and making the most of disused buildings isn'tjust confined to the city. in nearby nayoro, i've arranged to stay in a unique guesthouse.
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tomioka man worked on trains most of his life. when he stopped working on the trains, he restored an old disused station house back to its former glory. so this used to be a railway line here? in contrast to the japanese mainland, much of the urban life in hokkaido first developed around the rail infrastructure. some of the old local train routes closed with the loss of industry this is an incredible experience.
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on an old, disused railway line, very shuddery, but exhilarating! absolutely exhilarating! it's great, really good! it's a world away from this country's high—speed bullet trains, but what a way to experience the nature this island is famous for.
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i have got my sleeper carriage berth, so let's see where the night train takes me. goodnight. when the japanese came to colonise hokkaido, they sent former samurai, with a mission to cultivate this island. and that's one of the distinct ways it has developed — miles upon miles of beautiful landscapes. now one way to get close to nature as a traveller would obviously be to hike. but there is another uniquely japanese way.
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this is mochi pounding. what might look to the untrained eye as hitting rice as hard you can with a mallet until it turns squidgy, is in fact a highly skilled and refined process done to create a sweet delicacy known as mochi. i'm about to have a lesson from the real expert as to how to be a proper pounder. i've got to be honest, this is extremely heavy. stomp, stomp, stomp. hokkaido‘s climate is perfectly suited to cultivating the sweet, sticky rice needed for mochi. the region around nayoro has become japan's biggest producer. every year here, local farmers hold
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a competition to find the best mochi pounders. how do you become a good mochi pounder like you? here we go. how does hokkaido rate in terms of its mochi? now then, this is where he risks the use of his hands for the rest
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of his life. laughs. grunts. it takes 100 strikes of the mochi to make itjust right. and it's notjust about speed. i am told how you hit it will affect that all—importa nt final taste. now i'm obviously holding back here forfear of outshining my hosts. applause. the proof, as they say, is in the pudding. or the tasting. so let's see what the judges say. laughs. that was not in the script! laughs. i reckon that was a fix. and after all that exertion,
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it's time for a well—earned rest. i'm heading south, where my trip comes to an end in hokkaido‘s main city of sapporo. it's a fitting place to finish the trip around hokkaido, because here in sapporo, they're hosting a dance festival that pays homage to the whole island's connection to the sea. it's the fifth largest city in japan, sapporo, and hokkaido‘s biggest by some distance. and just down there is where the festival is taking place. yosakoi soran is one of the region's biggest international dancing competitions. teams dance to music which is all inspired by the hokkaido folk song soran. traditionally, this folk song was about hokkaido fishermen.
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all: soran! and one of the teams here with their own take on this dance is. . .the russians! interesting, considering the history between the two nations. singing in own language. hats off to them, really good. i had arranged to meet someone who had taken part in this festival many, many times, since she was a child. but finding one dancer amongst 30,000 others was proving a little trickier than i had expected. hi! konnichiwa! so you are a veteran of soran, of this dance festival, you're going to teach
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me about all of this? 0k. fantastic. so tell me, what makes this festival unique in japan? this yosakoi soran festival in hokkaido, you have two rules. first one, every team, every dancer, have this, naruko. the second rule is that, do you know... # yaren soran, soran... soran music. ok, so what you're saying is, even though all the music might sound a bit different, and there is dancing and... inside each one you have the same melody. how does the melody go? # yaren soran, soran... and while it's something that clearly takes a lot of practice, i'm told that in my case, one hour should do it. that's what i have to wear? yes, yes! very happy.
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ah, 0k. ‘soran bushi' plays. a very public training session for newbies like me will be followed by a chance to take part in the main festival parade around the streets of the city. tell me about the first time that you entered the festival, tell me about how it felt for you and what you did? ‘soran bushi' plays. yeah! a bit of attitude.
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attitude is really important. ok, from the top. from the top! it's just dance move, on dance move, on dance move. so complicated! many of these dance moves are based on the tasks the old fishermen performed like dragging nets, pulling ropes and lifting luggage over their shoulders. can't you tell? 0k... laughs. that's only the practice. we haven't even started the real thing yet! i have just had a rigourous workout and lesson. i supposedly know my moves and now, to cap it all off, we're going to do the whole dance around the square in front of the crowds. help! thanks you to your wonderful teaching, ifeel quite confident now that... oh, let's go! ‘soran bushi' plays.
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the nerves have all gone. who cares how good you are? this is about community. festival. i'm getting it now! are you tired? no! yes, because exciting! 00:23:25,937 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 upbeat ‘soran bushi' plays.
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