Extreme Climate Special The Scorching Silk Road Ken Ogata Traveling along the Silk Road Railway Land Bridge Narration and Script Adaptation by Rodger Parsons July, 199 1 Here we are Wow Wow February, 1997
Turfan Xinjiang UygurAutonomous Region Ken Ogata You said that the sheep was 100 Yuan (about 1 5 dollars) No, it’s 1 20 Yuan This is the best canola oil! ls anybody sick? This snake works for different illnesses Turfan raisins from the local harvest, approx. 10 cents Huo Yan Mountain Urmuqi Xinjiang UygurAutonomous Region l’d like to buy this What are you doing? l am the station manager and l didn’t give you permission to film here Are you still filming? Stop! Stop!
You do not have permission to get on this train! Today has been the coldest day since we’ve been in China yet l’m drenched in sweat Turfan, Urmuqi, Alashankou Alashankou l’ve seen a fence on the border of these countries many times Kazakhstan: Chinese Border Druzhba (Kazakhstan) Do you know anyone who has Yuens? That was a reasonable rate Rail width in China is 1 435mm in Kazakhstan it’s 1 524mm Wow This would have been unbearable in the summertime The Scorching Silk Road
l’ve been shaken around Tossed from side to side l kicked off my blanket and slept 1 2 hours Urmuqi, Druzhba, Almati Almati (Kazakhastan) Warm pirogues for sale! Would you like hot tea and food? How much would 380 be? A little over five dollars A five dollar watch? Can you set the date? lt won’t break, will it? Gokturk Sculptures Lake lssyk-Kul (Kyrgyzstan)
The Scorching Silk Road Look at all these human bones! Oh, this is definitely human This skull is frozen to the ground lt won’t budge Scythian Golden Armor (Kazakhastan Museum of Archaeology) The strong members are shepherds, the weak members farm lt’s been a long time! You must be surprised by the sudden visit! No, this is wonderful! We consider guests to be gods! How old are you? Mr. Urukari (7 3) You’re still vibrant! He says he still has a lot of life left in him He’s got a strong, loud voice Right now, he’s fasting He said, ”You are not Muslim, so please eat and drink.” lt’s a beautiful place Come in the summertime Even though they were fasting, they still served us homemade bread He says you can sleep in his yurt
He’ll prepare for your visit He also has sheep He has sheep and meat lf you come, he will slaughter a young horse. He’ll prepare a feast Almati, Lake lssyk-Kul, Tashkent Tashkent (Uzbekistan) Tashkent, Samarkand Samarkand (Uzbekistan) The burial vault, Shahi Zinda Five pillars of lslam Witnessing, Prayer, Charity, Fasting and the Pilgrimage to Mecca The Scorching Silk Road Gallyaaral (Uzbekistan)
l feel like l’m in jail Fafhard ( 1 7)
l hope you become a good teacher He says thank you He has a stern look on his face, but his handshake was firm l enjoyed that. Thank you Thank you Registan Central Square Samarkand July, 1997 Lake lssyk-Kul (Kyrgyzstan) Mr. Urukari Maybe it’s better to live a simple life lt’s important to live with nature l’m taking a photo! Okay! Bukhara (Uzbekistan)
Get this in for me! This, too! There’s more room! The train’s moving! lt’s dangerous! Get off! Are those cherries? What is this? Carrots How much can you sell this for? 1 kg is worth 33 sum How many kg are in here? 1 kg goes for about 30 cents About 60 kg 60 kg This is heavy! What is it? How much? lt’s yogurt. lt’s good How much? l hope l don’t get sick ls it good? Yes, it is Take my kid! Get the luggage in first! Where’s my kid? Back off, back off l won’t take anyone who doesn’t pay! That’s it!
l said l would pay! Why don’t you take it? See? l will pay you! So let me get a ride! You! Get off! What? l paid! Don’t be so cruel because l can’t pay! You must have a mother around my age l’m sure! Bukhara, Charjou Charjou (Turkmenistan) The Scorching Silk Road Ashkabad (Turkmenistan) lt’s like l’m in the rain. l can’t see He says it’s Okay
lt’s Okay? l’m the one wearing it He says that the temperature in the hat stays at 35°C when it’s 50°C outside Want to buy it? No Did you buy them all? lt’s cheap. He bought a lot of them How much for everything? He says he bought a female with a calf for 400 dollars He bought the camels for the milk 400 dollars for a female camel and her calf They drink the milk when it’s hot lt’s used like medicine The camel milk, right? How much for this? Camel’s Milk 1 cup 2 cents The Akhal-Teke Horse Blood-Sweating Horses l can’t believe it Well lt’s 60°C Hot wind is blowing. 60°C This is the first time l’ve felt wind this hot l thought l was going to go crazy Nap during the scorching heat of the Silk Road
Ashkabad Station The Scorching Silk Road Narration and Script Adaptation by Rodger Parsons lranian side Serakhs Mashhad (lran) Turfan, Serakhs, Ashkabad, Mashhad, Tehran lf this heat continues like this, well l think l’m going crazy Well, okay, l’m not going that crazy Everything l’ve eaten has been good l’m thankful for that
Tehran lsfahan See, these designs were simplified Well, l’m from Japan and they traveled to Japan Even now we use
As you can see these patterns The complex patterns that you’ve created were simplified as they traveled east l had no idea that the patterns traveled all the way to Japan The Scorching Silk Road Tower of Silence Yazd, lran Zoroastrian lt’s so hot everyday l’ve lost so many things on this trip along the way Now, even my hat’s gone Funeral Area l might not be able to climb this Zoroastrian Village Mobarakeh
l’m going in 1 2 Years old 1 2 years old? What do you do every day? Mehrumashi Amman ( 1 2) l read, study, swim and play basketball This is interesting There’s a green garden on that plot lt looks like they have a tiller Tonight’s a full moon lt looks like l’m in a different dimension What is this? When it’s hot, wave it like this l’m sorry. lt’s for cleaning Yeah, it’s really dusty You use it like this, right? Do you know about Japan? l know that it’s a name of a country, but that’s about it People’s voices sound like music to my ears Arles Hottadhi ( 16) The white handprints are the symbol of a sacred site
Yazd, Tehran, lsfahan Big Ararat / Small Ararat The Scorching Silk Road He says he’s going to ask Let’s go Daut Pirati ( 11 ) Are you off from school? Mandatory schooling ends at 5th grade, so he’s done He’s finished with school What do you do every day? He takes care of the livestock What’s in your bag? He has bread Bread? He can’t go back home until it’s dark So, it’s his meal until then That’s my village He says that’s his home Kabakoy Village (Turkey)
Does she go to school? Daut’s sister, Hatitia (8) They don’t have any teachers Kids start school when they’re 7, but 8 year olds can’t go, either No teachers? Hatitia can’t go to school So she only speaks Kurdish A teacher came to school, but he left without saying anything How do they study? They don’t study anymore Daut’s older brother, Mendes( 1 3) They need to know how to read and write as an adult They said it’s important, but Since they have no teachers, they have to wait They said one’s coming in the winter They say that they can see the border and that the lranian army is there That’s lran? lranian Military Facility He says that he’s interested in Japan and he would like to visit Well, l’m very interested in the Kurds The Kurds want their own country, their own independence, right? They say that they’re Turkish, and they’re okay like this They say that they’ll be punished for saying things like that Oh l see. l get it What do you want to be when you grow up? He says that once he’s done with work, he’d like to go back to school l’d like to be a doctor That’s great! What is that?
lt’s cheese Cheese. Well, Daut This is something l had the hotel prepare for me Would you like some? He says thank you This is for you Uh, can l have some of your food? How is it? He says it’s good This bread is tough ln my village, the spring water is so clear and plentiful… (Kurdish folk song) The Scorching Silk Road Ankara Castle (Turkey) Can you see at all?
He was born blind He’s been blind since he was born! How much? 300,000 Turkish Lira 10 Lemons 300,000 Turkish Lira (about $3) 300,000? Here’s 250,000 and 50,000 Here is 50,000 Okay, here is 300,000 l can tell how much a bill is worth by feel He puts different bills in different pockets lt’s heavy! Really heavy! Ankara Station June, 1997 Nagano Prefecture, Japan Ueda Silkworm Breeding Committee This is the Japanese male This is the Chinese female Chinese Shougetsu / Japanese Shunrei Shunrei-Shougetsu Bursa (Turkey)
Koza Han (House of the Silk Trade) Bas Relief based on a silk string Akchalar Village The Scorching Silk Road Ankara, Bursa, lstanbul You never know where you could get hurt Bandages for sale! At the department store, an extension cord will cost you 300,000 liras l will sell this extension cord with 3 outlets for 250,000 liras! You’re Japanese? Sorry, but these weren’t made in Japan
First come, first served Quantity’s limited! lstanbul Haydarpasa Train Station on the Asian side l can smell the ocean! l feel like all l’ve been doing is wandering around deserts, plains and mountains The ocean! lt’s raining in lstanbul! This is the first time it’s rained during my entire trip What a blessing Shintaro Katsu told me that my acting in Japanese dramas was good enough so l didn’t need to do any Western stuff l told him l wanted to do something different ”There is no need for that.” That’s what he told me l left Japan and walked around, riding on trains Maybe this is the ”something different” that l wanted to do Sometimes, the small paths in the garden seem a lot more interesting than the big main streets l’ve never crossed so many borders between winter and summer before l spent 90% of my time crossing borders l hear that in the 21 st century , a train will connect Beijing to lstanbul Each country has their own situation Rail widths are different between countries l don’t think it’s going to be easy to connect Beijing to lstanbul and lstanbul to Europe Sometimes, it’s -30°C Sometimes, it’s 60°C l really learned that human beings can be resilient, graceful, and tough They live in impoverished conditions on barren lands However, a young man with a gleam in his eye dreaming about becoming a doctor taught me that humans have hope but need to also have courage to dream
l met a lot of people Many people supported me along the way The Silk Road has touched me deeply, and has given me great joy lt was a great journey lstanbul Sirkeci Station, European side