Achimura Village Promotional Video series vol.2 “Beauty of Achi Village (Nagano Prefecture), Beauty of Japan : Cinematic Edition“ is now on YouTube

Achimura Village Promotional Video series vol.2 “Beauty of Achi Village (Nagano Prefecture), Beauty of Japan : Cinematic Edition“ is now on YouTube

Academy Awards® accredited Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia (SSFF & ASIA), is collaborating with Japan Cultural Expo on a project about Experiencing the beauty of Japanese countryside.

As a part of this project, SSFF & ASIA is proud to present you “Achi Village Promotional Video” series filmed in Achi Village, Nagano Prefecture!

Beauty of Achi Village (Nagano Prefecture), Beauty of Japan : Cinematic Edition

6:23 / Japan / 2021 / Creative Director & Editor:Salvatore D‘Alia /Cinematographer: Toshinori Maenaka Creative Production:3minute

This video was produced as a project sponsored and co-sponsored by the 2021 Japan Cultural Expo to explore “The Beauty of Japan” together with filmmakers, directors, and artists from Japan and overseas.

As a second part of  the series, this film presents Achi Village with a cinematic touch, portraying its Nature, Culture, and Humanity; embraced by its spirituality.

Filmed throughout Spring, Summer and Fall seasons, the film guides the audience through the beauty of Achi Village.  The beautiful and delicate guide represents our curiosity and our respect as guests to the village.  Through her, we will see, touch, pray, feel, and celebrate both the natural elements and spirituality of Achi Village.

 The “Cinematic” video spans 3 different seasons, but it trajects like a full day from sunrise to night.  In the second part of the film, a strong and elegant dancer will perform on an ancient shrine stage. The bright colors of the day will be replaced by the bold flames and stars shining in the night while the dancer pays homage to the protective deities of Achi Village.

The film will conclude with the annual ritual of the fireworks’ cleansing, which is visually striking and is a great ending for our journey of Achi Village.  Please enjoy the splendor and beauty of Achi Village.

This work was edited by Salvatore D’Alia, who participated in the “Discover Beauty Symposium” at the Japan Expo project last year.  D’Alia’s short film “NY Rhapsody” was also streamed online and screened within “Discover Beauty Program.”

Filmmaker D’Alia, who lives in New York, conceived the concept of the remotely produced “Cinematic” video during the pandemic.  Based on his creative direction, the Japanese production team went to Achi Village to film the images. The post-production including editing was done in New York City by Salvatore D’Alia, in coordination with a sound engineer based in Japan.


Enjoy also the first part of the “Achimura Village Promotional Video” series. Entrepreneur /Businesswoman Ms. Priyanka Yoshikawa experiences and reports on hot springs that warm the body and mind, interaction with villagers and discover “the best starry sky in Japan” approved by the Ministry of the Environment. Travel with “Navigator Edition” video and feel the beauty of Achi Village and the beauty of Japan through Ms. Yoshikawa’s eyes and minds.

Production: 3Minute inc.

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