On Dec. 18, NHK announced the winners of this years NHK Viewer’s Choice awards, and the 50-minute travel documentary “Train Cruise – A Century-Old Railway in Kyushu” won first place in Group F. Voting closed on Dec. 11 with a total of 19,121 votes from 113 countries. The travel documentary ranked 6th overall from a field of sixty. Nick Szasz (Canada), publisher of Fukuoka Now magazine appears in the video as the onscreen navigator and takes viewers on a picturesque journey from Kumamoto City to Kagoshima aboard three historic trains: the “SL Hitoyoshi”, the “Isaburo Shinpei”, and the “Hayato no Kaze”.
Watch the rerun! The show will be rebroadcasted six times beginning on Dec. 29 at 10:10 (Japan time), and then again every four hours (14:10, 18:10, 22:10 on Dec. 29, and 02:10 & 6:10 on Dec. 30). The show can be viewed on the NHK World website here: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/ and on smartphones and tablets with the free NHK World app http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/app/info/index_en.html
NHK World – Viewer’s Choice! The Best of 2013 website: https://www.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/vc13/