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Japanese Film Crew at Moon Shadows Winery in Haliburton

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Japanese Film Crew at Moon Shadows Winery

From: Haliburton County Echo
By: Angelica Blenich

It was a typical fall afternoon in Haliburton for a Japanese film crew that stopped by Moon Shadows Estate Winery to shoot a travel segment on Sept. 30.

The crew was greeted by pouring rain and cool temperatures yet their spirits were not dampened by the Canadian weather.

The four-man crew visited the local wine and maple syrup producer to film an episode for the Japanese travel show Travelix.

The project is being supported by the Canadian Tourism Commission, through the Japanese office.

The show will feature unique travel experiences in Ontario for two episodes, to be aired nationwide in Japan and broadcasted on a national satellite television channel that has 30 million subscribers, according to Mickey Nakamura, director and coordinator of the episodes.

Featuring a culinary and wine theme, the episode will also include a segment shot in Algonquin Park and at the Huntsville farmers’ market, said Nakamura.

Owner of the winery Eric Thompson was approached by the film crew weeks ago and asked if he would be willing to participate in the show.

“It’s the maple wine that has caught their attention. Maple syrup is big in Japan,” said Thompson.

Thompson gave them a tour of the facility and explained the maple syrup process while they filmed.

Following their Haliburton visit the crew was planning on filming a segment featuring the Ottawa and Rideau Canal, which will include trips to the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, the ByWard market, Parliament Hill and the Ottawa Locks.

The Ontario episodes featuring the Haliburton winery is scheduled to air in Japan on Dec. 18 and 24 of this year, said Nakamura.

Viewers can watch it online at www.bs4.jp/document/travelix3/.
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