Japanese TV Crew Visits Karamea

Diva and Sanae Murray

Diva and Sanae Murray

A TV crew from Tokyo Broadcasting System came to Karamea to film the daily lives of Sanae Murray and her family for a programme titled ”Sekkai no Hatte no Nihon jin” (Japanese at the Ends of the World).

“Sekkai no Hatte no Nihon jin” is one of the most popular TBS programmes and the show will reach a potential viewer audience of 30 million people across Japan.

The crew were in Karamea for five days and were particularly interested in the challenges faced by Sanae and her family and why she chose to leave the comfort, safety, convenience and security of her previous life in Tokyo and move to perhaps the most remote town on mainland New Zealand.

Mitsuyo Numata

Mitsuyo Numata

Sanae, Paul, Diva and Mitsuyo showed comedian “Mr Chin” around the town and took him to some of the region’s best scenic locations.
The Heaphy Track, Oparara Basin, Honeycomb Caves, Karamea Estuary, Oparara Arch, Mount Stormy, Karamea Gorge and Karamea Beach will all be featured on the programme as well as the lives of Sanae and her family.

While in Karamea the crew were able to catch fish, shear sheep, harvest vegetables, fly over the Kahurangi National Park in a helicopter, do a radio show on Karamea Radio 107.5 FM, enjoy many great feasts, harvest bamboo shoots, go to the Saturday Market, take in a live music event at the Karamea Village Hotel, have a haircut at the police station, interview Karamea locals and do a whole lot of other things that are not possible in Tokyo.

Crew coordinator and translator Ken Ogiyama said, filming in Karamea “was the most enjoyable experience of his TV career.”

Director Daisuke Jyosawa was most impressed with the generosity of the fine people of Karamea and the way the community worked together to support each other to make filming a smooth and successful process…he also thanked the climate Gods for five days of exceptionally beautiful weather.

Japanese TV Crew at Wamgapeka Backpackers

Japanese TV Crew at Wamgapeka Backpackers

Special thanks to Tony Ibbotson for the helicopter ride for the cameraman and for the delicious pork for the wrap party BBQ, Dulcie McNabb and the Oparara Valley Trust for allowing the crew to film in the Honeycomb Caves, Bill Jackson for guiding us so well and for allowing us to harvest bamboo shoots from his farm (thanks also for the lovely lunch Leitu), Wendy Kees for the haircut and Diana Storer for allowing the crew to film at a at the Karamea Village Hotel.

Thanks also to the Karamea Play Centre for admitting the film crew to the morning play session, Harry Heslan and the stallholders for allowing filming at the Saturday Market, Juliette and Jason James for permitting the crew to film in the 4-Square, Gerar Toye for access to the Global Gypsy Gallery and the Department of Conservation for permitting us to film in the Kahurangi National Park and extra special thanks to Sylvia and Mike Raikes for agreeing to shear our sheep while the TV crew were here and to the Rongolians, Karamea Farm Baches Manager Maree Stirling, LivinginPeace Project Chef Mitsuyo Numata, General Manager Brian Thomson and Permaculture Farm Manager Dave Tailby for making such a huge effort to accommodate, feed and entertain the film crew and show them a good time in Sunny Karamea.

The show will air in Japan on January 7, 2013 and will then be available for online viewing on the Internet. I will share the link as soon as I know it is available…so practice your Japanese, Karamea is going to be BIG in Japan!

Japanese TV Crew filming in the Oparara Basin

Japanese TV Crew filming in the Oparara Basin