Japan Through The Lens – Hot Docs At Home

Japan Through The Lens

The Japan Foundation, Toronto is proud to support the Hot Docs Cinema with five enriching documentaries about the many unseen cultural layers of Japan. From cocktails to mental health to queer activism, explore these rare and unique films together with us on the Hot Docs At Home streaming platform, many rarely screened in North America. Full details here.

Use the promo code JAPAN for a free 1-month trial subscription to watch these great finds on Hot Docs At Home. All films streaming until November 25, 2021.


Directed by Cláudia Varejão | 2016 | 112 mins
Immerse yourself in the ancient tradition of diving for pearls, urchins and abelone with the “sea women” of Japan’s Shima Peninsula.


Directed by HIROSE Nanoka | 2019 | 94 mins
Discover the incredible story of Nobuyoshi Kikuchi, a 75-year old man who devoted his life to designing over 15,000 books, all by hand.

I Quit Being Friends

Directed AYAKO Imamura | 2020 | 84 mins
In her new film, deaf director Ayako Imamura turns her camera towards her friendship with Ma-chan, who has difficulties interacting with people due to her Asperger’s Syndrome.

Queer Japan

Directed Graham Kolbeins | 2019 | 99 mins
Trailblazing artists, activists, and everyday people from across the spectrum of gender and sexuality defy social norms and dare to live unconventional lives in this kaleidoscopic view of LGBTQ+ culture in contemporary Japan.


Directed WATANBE Satoshi | 2019 | 87 mins
Drink in the brilliance, charm and unconventional life of legendary Japanese bartender Keichi Iyama, creator of the world-famous Yukinugi cocktail.