Archipel is creating Japan-centric documentaries
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Archipel is a YouTube channel that shows and expresses various aspects of Japanese culture through documentary-style video content. Thank you for visiting our page!

the beginnings -
We are a team of 3 foreigners based in Japan, we originally started the channel with toco toco (referring to the sound of steps in Japanese), a regular series introducing Japanese creators, artists and the places that inspire them. In past episodes, we have followed game creators such as Yoko Taro or Katsura Hashino, mangaka Shinichi Sakamoto or Hisashi Eguchi, illustrators Akira "Akiman" Yasuda or Yoshitoshi ABe, among many others.
Last year, we decided to change the channel's name to Archipel in order to offer more diverse content, as we experimented in creating a wider range of stories. Archipel refers to "Archipelago" in French, as we envisioned a group of small islands with each one symbolizing our content.

our content -
Going beyond the scope of toco toco, we developed pilots for new series concepts
Hidengen: diving into the board game scene in Japan and its protagonists, led by a local game designer
Shoku: following chefs and restaurant owners in their pursuit of the perfect taste

We also wanted to experiment in creating new forms of content:
- Ebb and Flow: a 40-min documentary about the momentum seen in the Japanese game industry between end 2016 and 2017.
- Binary Skin: a short documentary on the growing Virtual YouTuber movement in Japan.
Tales from A: our label for shorter content set on various themes and people, such as short interviews, mood videos and more.
New Territories: a journal following a French artist on Japan's islands, embarked in a creative journey.

In addition to creator portraits:
Soejima and Catherine: a portrait of Atlus lead character designer, known for his work on Catherine and the Persona series.
Katsuya Terada, Life Drawing: exploring a remote island with a legend illustrator.

what's next -
All of our content has always been free. We are often asked how we can make a living out of our channel, the truth being we don't, as we currently have to rely on side jobs to sustain Archipel. This is why we decided to take a leap and turn to Patreon and the support from the community with the objective to become more independent and being able to live from our passion. In the long run, we aspire to make of Archipel a place where we can store records of Japan, its artists & creators, in order to build what is close to an “archive”.

Patreon represents a fresh start for us, and we hope that the community's support will help us keep creating our content. Some of the things that are coming next include a new special toco toco episode, shot in Osaka, our 2nd episode to the Hidengen series & a longer documentary about the Dreamcast, for its 20th anniversary, through the eyes of game creators of some of the platform's iconic titles.

We founded Archipel with the motivation to keep creating and spreading those stories, we hope you'll join us on this journey. Thank you for your support!

- Alex.Z

Illustrations by Macchiro
Tiers
Scholar
$1 or more per month

Thank you! You get access to all of our content, our Patron-only Discord server, Patron updates and an exclusive Archipel digital wallpaper. 

Includes Discord rewards
Archipel is a YouTube channel that shows and expresses various aspects of Japanese culture through documentary-style video content. Thank you for visiting our page!

the beginnings -
We are a team of 3 foreigners based in Japan, we originally started the channel with toco toco (referring to the sound of steps in Japanese), a regular series introducing Japanese creators, artists and the places that inspire them. In past episodes, we have followed game creators such as Yoko Taro or Katsura Hashino, mangaka Shinichi Sakamoto or Hisashi Eguchi, illustrators Akira "Akiman" Yasuda or Yoshitoshi ABe, among many others.
Last year, we decided to change the channel's name to Archipel in order to offer more diverse content, as we experimented in creating a wider range of stories. Archipel refers to "Archipelago" in French, as we envisioned a group of small islands with each one symbolizing our content.

our content -
Going beyond the scope of toco toco, we developed pilots for new series concepts
Hidengen: diving into the board game scene in Japan and its protagonists, led by a local game designer
Shoku: following chefs and restaurant owners in their pursuit of the perfect taste

We also wanted to experiment in creating new forms of content:
- Ebb and Flow: a 40-min documentary about the momentum seen in the Japanese game industry between end 2016 and 2017.
- Binary Skin: a short documentary on the growing Virtual YouTuber movement in Japan.
Tales from A: our label for shorter content set on various themes and people, such as short interviews, mood videos and more.
New Territories: a journal following a French artist on Japan's islands, embarked in a creative journey.

In addition to creator portraits:
Soejima and Catherine: a portrait of Atlus lead character designer, known for his work on Catherine and the Persona series.
Katsuya Terada, Life Drawing: exploring a remote island with a legend illustrator.

what's next -
All of our content has always been free. We are often asked how we can make a living out of our channel, the truth being we don't, as we currently have to rely on side jobs to sustain Archipel. This is why we decided to take a leap and turn to Patreon and the support from the community with the objective to become more independent and being able to live from our passion. In the long run, we aspire to make of Archipel a place where we can store records of Japan, its artists & creators, in order to build what is close to an “archive”.

Patreon represents a fresh start for us, and we hope that the community's support will help us keep creating our content. Some of the things that are coming next include a new special toco toco episode, shot in Osaka, our 2nd episode to the Hidengen series & a longer documentary about the Dreamcast, for its 20th anniversary, through the eyes of game creators of some of the platform's iconic titles.

We founded Archipel with the motivation to keep creating and spreading those stories, we hope you'll join us on this journey. Thank you for your support!

- Alex.Z

Illustrations by Macchiro

Recent posts by Archipel

Tiers
Scholar
$1 or more per month

Thank you! You get access to all of our content, our Patron-only Discord server, Patron updates and an exclusive Archipel digital wallpaper. 

Includes Discord rewards