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Koizumi Akira, a son of a popular songstress, travels to a small-town cinema in far-off Kochi Prefecture to watch the closing movie before the theatre shuts its doors forever. The movie takes place in the same village but during the Showa 30s (1950s), in
A four-part drama produced for the 100th anniversary of the occupation of Korea by Japan. Freedom Fighter, Lee Hoe Young will be the third and final instalment of a series of dramas by KBS that focus on noblesse oblige and famous individuals who sacrifice
The year is 1947, during the war torn period of the Showa era. The story begins when a man, presumed to have been killed in battle, returns home. Who was this man? Before the war, he had a bright future ahead of him as the proficient and popular rakugoka
This drama is set in the late 1960s decade of Japan and depicts the rivalry between Manpyo Daisuke, a powerful banker, and his eldest son, Manpyo Teppei, the executive managing director of a steel firm. For reasons not yet entirely clear, Daisuke seems to
The Story of One Century tells the stories of three women, living in three different Japanese eras: Taisho (1912-1926), Showa (1926-1989) and Heisei (1989-present). The first generation takes place in the 1920s at the time of the Great Kanto Earthquake. T
In the year Showa 37 (1962), in Bingo City of Hiroshima prefecture, Yasu (Tsutsumi Shinichi) delights in the birth of his long-awaited eldest son, Akira. However, that joy is shattered by the death of his wife, Misako, in a sudden tragic accident. Yasu ra
It chronicles the life of a Showa period hairdresser, and is based on a true life story of Moshizuki Agri. Agri has worked for over 70 years as a beautician. She is a successful business woman who survived the war by becoming a farmer. During the war, goi
Follows the life of a translator Hanako Muraoka; from the turbulent Meiji Period, to the Taisho Period and the Showa Period. Hanako Muraoka would go on to translate novel "Anne of Green Gables," by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. ~~ Based on novel
Uno Meiko is the daughter of parents who run a western style restaurant in Tokyo. She marries and moves to Osaka with her husband. Meiko experiences cultural differences between Tokyo and Osaka, as she lives as a mother and wife in Osaka.
Based on the novel "Oie san" by Kaoru Tamaoka this drama is made to commemorate the 55th anniversary of Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation. It's the story of a Kobe-based general trade company called Suzuki Shouten during its existence from the Meiji into th
The 60th NHK Asadora Drama is Suzuran. Locations include Hokkaido Numata and Tokyo. Beginning in 1924, a time when both steam engine trains and early Showa Era's first train stations are just beginning. In the waiting room of Asumoe Station, a small count
In 1965 (Showa 40), Kunikata Chiyoko visits Sasaki, her father Umeya Shokichi’s former secretary. Shokichi founded the first major movie studio in Japan and was called the movie industry’s soldier of fortune. However, he also had another unknown side. In
After the war, the Occupation Forces’ General Headquarters was about to seize the broadcasting station, NHK, with the objective of directing its broadcasts in September 1945 (Showa 20). At that time, NHK’s director, Shindo Tatsuya, had come back from the
In June 1945 (Showa 20), Yamauchi Fusako goes alone to Manchuria where her husband, Setsuo, a second lieutenant of the Kwantung Army, is based. At that time, 200,000 Japanese had settled in Manchuria, a Japanese occupied territory, as settler communities.
On 9 August (Showa 20) 1945, one streetcar starts to run on the streets of Hiroshima which has been devastated. The surviving employees of the electric tram company had begun recovery work since the day after the atomic bomb was dropped. The bent tracks w
Kura is a vivid portrait of life in a Sake brewing family in northern Niigata prefecture from the Meiji to Showa eras, based on the award winning novel of the same title by Miyao Tokomiko.
Kuroyanagi Tetsuko became NHK’s first television actress in 1953 (Showa 28), which was the start of television broadcasting. She has brought laughter and tears to TV viewers and many people have supported her since the beginning of the television age when
It is about Sumire, a girl born in the uptown of Kobe in the early Showa period. In the wake of wartime devastation, she works hard toward making children's clothes for a living, and later establishes a first-ever children's goods store in Japan.
The 1st NHK Asadora. Starring Takeshi Kitazawa in a story of a father taking care of his step-daughter, born between his now-deceased wife and a Frenchman.