Journalist and broadcaster Matthew Teller is based in the UK. He writes on the Middle East for international media and makes documentaries for BBC radio. Follow him on Twitter @matthewteller and at his blog www.QuiteAlone.com.
A decade ago, Nadine Toukan led Jordan’s Royal Film Commission and founded a workshop that launched a generation of Arab and especially Jordanian filmmakers. Often credited on screen as a producer, she likes to think of herself as “a connector.”
For more than 1,000 years, falconry—hunting with birds of prey—symbolized power for the emperor and, later, the elite samurai. The most highly trained keepers of the tradition were based in the mountains west of Tokyo, where late last year the 18th generational head of what is today called the Suwa Falconry Preservation Society received her title, prepared to teach a new generation devoted to Japan’s place in global falconry culture.
He considers himself Japan's last traditional falconer. Hidetoshi Matsubara, 66, of Tamugimata village, some 320 kilometers north of Tokyo, has been living and hunting with his eagles for the past 40 years.
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