I do NOT own the copyrights to this video. I don't normally post videos that are not mine, but I was so impressed by this documentary, that I reached out to the folks who did this and asked if I could share this work with the world on my youtube channel. They were nice enough to comply. Special thanks to AramCo World for letting me post this amazing documentary.
The Video and Photos were shot by Steve Shelton. It accompanies the story by Matthew Teller in the November/December issue of Aramco World which is available online at
2016 - 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.