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No. Stale and ponderous. The narration and host of this dubious voyage into Japanese history is utterly spoiled by the juvenile nature of the "host". Dressed like a little boy in a very cheap looking, ill fitting colourless suit, the boy-man narrator whispers, flounders, shuffles and stumbles his way through an attempt to explain some of the most important Japanese treasures in the world. Why BBC felt it was right to include this child actor to guide actual adults through these treasures is not a question I can answer. Yes, the treasures are there for us to enjoy, as we kind of sneak up on them all the while enduring the insufferable presence of the distracting and inappropriate narrator. Only the fact that so many fine treasures are actually viewed can account for the inflated rating of this sloppy production. I found every moment tedious and frequently hit the mute button to watch the beauty and not have to hear the insufferable narration.
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