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To the Readers of My Posts on Taiga Drama in English 5 (Hime and Princess)

It seems that some articles or movies on Taiga Drama series translate "hime" into "princess". It's true that the word "hime" sometimes means princess, a female member of the Royal family especially in the Japanese translation of Western fairy tales. However, "hime" also means a daughter or a concubine of high-ranking samurai including shōgun or daimyo. In this case, it is close to noblewoman or lady in meaning and is sometimes used with the name such as "Yu-u hime" or "O-Goto hime" in "Fūrin Kazan". In this blog, princess means female members of the Imperial family except empress or empress dowager or a daughter of highest -ranking aristocrat but doesn't mean a daughter or a concubine of samurai. 

Mahiru Konno as O-Goto hime, concubine of 
TAKEDA Shingen in "Fūrin Kazan"


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The Cast of "Kirin ga Kuru" 2

The main cast of the part 1 set in Mino province (southern part of current Gifu) wearing costumes.


Masahiko Nishimura as AKECHI Mitsuyasu, Erika Sawajiri as Kichō (Nō hime), Masahiro Motoki as SAITŌ Dōsan, Hiroki Hasegawa as AKECHI Mitsuhide, Mugi Kadowaki as Koma and Masaaki Sakai as MOCHIZUKI Tōan
(From left to right) 

And the cast of the part 2 (maybe) are announced on the 17th of June. 

Hidekazu Mashima as HOSOKAWA Fujitaka (Yūsai)
Shōsuke Tanihara as MITSUBUCHI Fujihide, brother-in-law of Fujitaka
Kenichi Takitō as ASHIKAGA Yoshiaki
Kuranosuke Sasaki as Tōkichirō, later TOYOTOMI Hideyoshi
KATAOKA Ainosuke as IMAGAWA Yoshimoto
Takehiro Murata as INABA Yoshimitsu
Satoshi Tokushige as FUJITA Dengo, vassal of Mitsuhide
(From left to right in the back row)
Gōtarō Yoshida as MATSUNAGA Hisahide
Rei Dan as Dota Gozen, mother of ODA Nobunaga
Hiroki Hasegawa as Akechi Mitsuhide
Fumino Kimura as Hiroko, wife of Mitsuhide
Kaho Minami as Miyoshino, concubine of TOKI Yoriaki and SAITŌ Dōsan
(From left to right in the front row)

The images are from the official website of NHK.

[ 2019/06/25 23:30 ] Taiga Drama | TB(-) | CM(0)

Sego-don Review 5 John Manjirō and Two Marriages

Ito tries to kick up one of her geta (a kind of Japanese footwear) into the air to decide whether she should marry Shigekatsu or not (*). But it hits the head of Kichinosuke in Kōtsuki River. Kichinosuke gives his zori to her who loses one of her geta but it's too big. At last he carries her on his back and visits the Ōkubo family to give the eels he caught. And he makes a pair of zori for Ito. She still hesitates to marry EBIHARA Shigekatsu and Ōkubo Shōsuke loves her secretly. But he learns she loves Kichinosuke later.   

Kichinosuke (Ryōhei Suzuki, left) participates in the sumo tournament

At that time, MURATA Shinpachi participates the sumo tournament held at Iso Goten in the presence of SHIMAZU Nariakira. But he is replaced by Kichinosuke because he has stomach trouble. Though Kichinosuke is not registered as a wrestler for the tournament, Nariakira permits it. O-Ichi (later Atsu hime) who is an adopted daughter of Nariakira cheers him up. Kichinosuke has a winning streak and meets Shigekatsu who injures his ankle but Kichinosuke beats him using a direct and fair attack.

Then Nariakira gets up from his seat and wrestle with him. Kichinosuke then beats him so he is imprisoned and sees a strange man and another man tries to kill him. He then saves the strange man and escape from the prison with him. To tell the truth, it's Nariakira who planned his imprisonment and escape with the strange man. Just as planned, Kichinosuke brings the strange man who wears Wertern clothes and speaks English. He is called John Manjirō (*) who was a fisherman and was rescued by an American ship in his teenage days. 

In the prison, Kichinosuke (left) finds a strange man who is called John Manjirō (Gekidan Hitori)

He is from Tosa (Kōⅽhi) and was brought to the US and spent his days there. However he returned to Japan secretly to meet his mother. Manjirō who becomes to open his mind to the Saigō family and Shōsuke tells that in the US man and woman can marry the one whom he or she loves without the arrangement by his or her parents. It suprises Kichinosuke and Shōsuke. Shōsuke tells Kichinosuke to ask Ito not to marry Shigekatsu. But Kichinosuke is ignorant of the feeling of Ito. And he is told by his father Kichibei to marry Ijūin Suga.

Ito (Haru Kuroki, left) tells Kichinosuke that she has had a feeling of liking for him since her childhood

Though Ito loves Kichinosuke secretly, she marries Shigekatsu and Kichinosuke marries Suga in spite of the effort of Shōsuke. At that time, not only in Satsuma but in Japan also, marrying the one whom a man or a woman loves was not common unlike in the US. Ito tells Kichinosuke that she has had a feeling of liking for him since her childhood. Needless to say, the scenes may be fictional and other plans are progressing behind the scenes. 

I'll write about the plans next time.

(*) A kind of divination or child's play. 
(**) After having returned to Tosa (Kōchi), he called himself NAKAHAMA Manjirō and served the shogunate.

The images are from the official website of "Segodon".

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Sego-don Review 4 Nariakira Becomes a New Lord

Kichinosuke sends SHIMAZU Nariakira the clothes that AKAYAMA Yukie wore in his last moments. Nariakira sees the bloodstained clothes and then decides to make his father Narioki resign his post. Narioki who later grants an audience with TOKUGAWA Ieyoshi, the 12th shogun and is given a famous tin that stores tea leaves. It means that he should resign and enjoy the life after resignation. 
Shimazu Nariakira (Ken Watanabe, right) hands a gun to his father Narioki (Takeshi Kaga)

Then Nariakira visits him and hands a gun to him. In the gun, only one bullet id loaded. Nariakira pulls the trigger first but there is nothing. Narioki receives it from his son but he cannot hold it because of fear. He gives up this "Russian roulette" and Nariakira becomes a new lord of Satsuma domain. It makes Kichinosuke and his friends included OKUBO Shosuke happy. 

Nariakira returns to his domain. His guards try to stop many children from running after his horse but he stops it saying,
"Children are the treasure of the country".
However, Shōsuke has not been permitted to work at Tsurumaru castle yet. And Nariakira still gives the vassals who served Narioki directy important positions. ARIMURA Shunsai is angry with it but Nariakira believes it's the way how a lord should be. 

One day, it is announced that a sumo tournament  will be held in the presence of Nariakira. Kichinosuke then attempts to win it and ask Nariakira to pardon those who are still exiled or confined to their houses O-Yura Sōdō, a dispute over supporting Nariakira. Needlass to say, ten bales (straw bags) of rice given to the winner also attracts him as his family is poor and do side job to make living.

Kichinosuke (Ryōhei Suzuki, right) tries to ask Nariakira at the tournament to make Jiemon, father of Ōkubo Shōsuke (Eita, left) who is exiled return to Satsuma

IWAYAMA Ito has a friendly feeling towards Kichinosuke but she is told to marry EBIHARA Shigekatsu by her father. He has no opinion of his daughter visits the house of Shōsuke and talks with Kichinosuke. She hesitates to judge whether she should marry him or refuge it.

Kichinosuke is strongly attracted by his new lord. But things don't go the way he wants because Nariakira has an opinion of his own. Anyway, he decides to participate the tournament and there he meets a lady who cheers for him. 

The images are from the official website of "Segodon".

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The Unposed Photographs of Sego-don 2

The scenes in Amami Oshima and Okinoerabujima Island were shot on location. Ryōhei Suzuki said that it was a tight schedule but he gives an excellent performance as Kichinosuke who is exiled and disappointed but recovers himself thanks to Aikana. During the shooting, he celebrated his 35th birthday. In the image below, he holds a birthday cake presented by the crew. An actress who stands on the right of him is Fumi Nikaidō who plays the role of Aikana in the series.


And Yōsuke Yamashita who is a famous jazz pianist acts a doctor in the episode 1. (Please see Sego-don Review 2 Kokichi and Nariakira or Sego-don Epidode 1) He also composed a background music for "Sego-don Kikō", a travelogue that introduces the cities where the series are laid in. In the image, he sits by the piano. Though he was born in Tokyo, his great grandfather was from Satsuma (Kagoshima) and made efforts to establish modern police system.

The images are from the Instagram of "Segodon".
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Sego-don Review 3 Fuki and Hanjirō

Kokichi who grows up changes his name into Kichinosuke and becomes an assistant of a secretary who is in charge of agricultural administration. He tries to save a girl called Fuki who is forced to sell herself into prostitution to clear off her father's debt. Kichinosuke pays the debt with his stipend and the bribe his boss received. But his father Kichibei scolds him because the family is also have financial difficulties. 

Kichinosuke asks ZUSHO Hirosato who holds the strings of the domain purse. But he is not keen on such a problem. Kichinosuke who cannot pass the injustice by the officials of the domain. So he attempts to collect tax using kemitori, a kind of the methods of collecting tax to reduce the burden of the farmers.

Kichinosuke (Ryōhei Suzuki) gives his lunch to Fuki (Rinka Kakihara) and her younger brother both of whom are hungry

However, Kichinosuke finds an unregistered rice field in the forest. The farmers cultivate it and sell rice to support themselves. Kichinosuke who is eager to save the poor feels like he is completely tricked. At last Fuki is sold by the duns and tells Kichinosuke who visits her that she is glad to see a true samurai but he blames himself that he cannot save even a girl and calls him yassenbo (useless fellow). 

After that, he and Kichibei borrow money of living from a village headman. On the way to home, he sees a boy who takes some sweet potatoes away and fights against the men who chase him with a stick. His swordsmanship is like that of an adult. Later Kichinosuke and Kumakichi bring some straw bags of rice bought with the money to Ishi, relative of Kumakichi. 

A boy called NAKAMURA Hanjirō (Rukito Nakamura) fights against the men who chase him

On the next morning, Kichinosuke finds the boy called NAKAMURA Hanjirō and his family leave the domain secretly but it is prohibited. He persuades them and make them return home. He asks AKAYAMA Yukiē to make them recover their fields formerly possessed by the dead father of Hanjirō. That's why he took potatoes away from the field though the men who chased him said that he stole them. 

Kichinosuke is still young and immature. Though he and his friend ŌKUBO Shōsuke hope that SHIMAZU Nariakira will become their lord, there are still challenges to realise it. Hirosato kills himself to cover up the wrongdoing committed by SHIMAZU Narioki, lord of Satuma domain. 

Besides Narioki orders to arrest those who are involved in O-Yura Sōdō, a disturbance caused by a suspicion that O-Yura, concubine pf Narioki killed the children of Nariakira through curses.  Because of this, Yukiē is ordered to commit hara-kiri and Ōkubo Jiemon, father of Shōsuke is exiled. The state of the domain is unstable. 
The images are from the official website of "Segodon".

[ 2019/03/18 23:00 ] Taiga Drama Sego-don | TB(-) | CM(0)

The Cast of "Kirin ga Kuru" 1

The cast of next year's Taiga Drama series "Kirin ga Kuru" in the chapter 1 (maybe) was announced on the 13th of March. Hiroki Hasegawa who plays the role of AKECHI Mitsuhide is featured in the series.

Mugi Kadowaki as Koma
Takashi Okamura as Kikumaru, farmer who supports Mitsuhide
Sayuri Ishikawa as Maki, mother of Mitsuhide
Masahiko Nishimura (*) as AKECHI Mitsuyasu, father of Mitsuhide
Katsunori Takahashi as ODA Nobuhide, father of Nobunaga
Shōzō Uesugi as HIRATE Masahide, tutor of Nobunaga
Toshinori Omi as TOKI Yoriaki, lord of Mino
Erika Sawajiri as Kichō (Nō hime), daughter of Dōsan and wife of Nobunaga
Shōta Sometani as ODA Nobunaga
Masaaki Sakai as MOCHIZUKI Tōan
Masahiro Motoki (**) as SAITŌ Dōsan
Hideaki Itō as SAITŌ Yoshitatsu, heir of Dōsan

(*) Nishimura acts MUROGA Masatake in "Sanada Maru".
(**) Motoki appears in "Taiheiki" in 1991 whose script is written by Shunsaku Ikehata and he also writes that of "Kirin ga Kuru". 

John R. Graham will be in charge of the music in the series. 

The image below is from the official website of NHK. Hasagawa (standing in the centre of the front row) and other cast.

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Sego-don Review 2 Kokichi and Nariakira

Though Kichinosuke decides to protect those who are smaller or weaker than him, he is slashed by ODA Eisaku of Hirano Gochū. It's the revenge for his Gochū's win in Myōenji Mairi and he is wounded in the right shoulder. Later Eisaku visits the Saigō family with his father and he tells his son to commit hara-kiri because slashing people in Gochu is prohibited. And Eisaku slashes a boy whose status is lower than his. But Kichibei, father of Kokichi makes an abject apology to the father and son and tells them it takes two to make a quarrel. Kokichi is vexed when he sees Eisaku smiles with an air of triumph.

Kokichi (Ao Watanabe) holds a stick and tries to fight against Eisaku but is wounded in the right shoulder

Kokichi cannot handle sword any more. It disappoints him that he has no chance of serving the lord directly to protect him by his swordsmanship. Though he decided to support the weak, the wound handicaps him now. One day he climbs up the hill and sees SHIMAZU Nariakira enjoys hunting with Hisamitsu. Then Kokichi appears in front of Nariakira. He is surprised with him and says it's so dangerous.

Kokichi who is disappointed with the wound tells him that he doesn't want to live any longer and wants to know what "Cangoxina" means before his death. Nariakira tells him that the period of the samurais with the swords will end soon and a real samurai is the man who listens to what the weak say and works for the people. He then says if he should become  stronger in the future, he will meet him again and leaves there. Needless to say, there is no record that Narikira was in Satsuma at that time as he was in Edo in reality. But his words encourage Kokichi and he and his frieds learn what "Cangoxina" means from AKAYAMA Yukie later. Then they climb Mt Shiroyama and sink "Cangoxina" into a stone.

Kokichi weeps and asks Nariakira to tell him what the letters "Cangoxina" means on the paper

When I watched the episode 1, I thought the scene in which Kokichi sinks the letters into a stone will be an advance hint for the final episode. Kokichi who hopes to protect the weak is handicapped and thinks it's unreasonable that his father makes an abject apology because of his family's status is lower than that of Eisaku. Anyway he has to abandon his dream of serving the lord directly. This may be the first Taiga Drama series that describes the wounds of Kokichi. And a physician who examines Kokichi is an ancestor of Yōsuke Yamashita, a jazz pianist and he plays the role in the series.

But he meets Nariakira accidentally and it decides his future. "The weak", "the people", and "the children are assets to the nation" in Nariakira's words inspires him and working for the weak and the people and educating children become his policies later. And the end of the period of samurai with the swords gives him who cannot handle any sword a supportive push forward. And in the episode 2,  he makes efforts to save a girl called Fuki.

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Sego-don Review 1 Kokichi and Ito

In the episode 1, IWAYAMA Ito hopes to study and practice swordsmanship but she cannot because she is a girl. Then she intends to join the boys of Shimo-Kajiyamachi Gōchū includes SAIGŌ Kokichi, later Kichinosuke and Takamori. As in Sego-don Epidode 1, gōchū is a unit of educating the boys of samurai families in Satsuma domain so she disguises herself as a boy and joins them who go to Iso Goten, a villa of the Shimazu clan to get sweets secretly. It's the suggestion of ARIMURA Shunsai, later KAIEDA Takeji but they are found and chased by the guards. They includes Ito who runs so fast escape to the top of the hill.

Ito (Konomi Watanabe) who disguises herself as a boy

There they find Tengu who is SHIMAZU Nariakira in reality. Nariakira examines a cannon there so the boys try to escape but only Shinpachi cannot move and is caught by "Tengu".  Nariakira tells Kokichi if he really wants to be a brave man, he should not leave small Shinpachi. Then he gives them some pieces of castella wrapped by the paper on which "Cangoxina" is written. He sees the letters and remembers the words of Nariakira later. After that Myōenji Mairi is held and Kokichi's gōchū wins the race thanks to Ito who also joins it. 

Ito feels sad because it is revealed that she is a girl

However, it is revealed that she is a daughter of the Iwayama family. Kokichi tries to protect her, but she leaves there saying,
"You will not understand how I feel because you are not a girl!" 
Kokichi tries to understand how Ito feels by disguising himself as a girl and what he experiences is quite strange to him. But his father Kichibei appears and scolds him. Kichibei learns that his son wants to serve the lord directly but admonishes him it's impossible to do so for a low class samurai like him or his son. Kokichi decides to overcome his handicap.

Kokichi practices swordsmanship hard to serve the lord directly in the future

The images are from the official website and Instagram of "Segodon"

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The Unposed Photographs of Sego-don

At the end of last January, the official website and the accounts of twitter, facebook and Instagram of "Segodon" were deleted like those of other Taiga Drama series. There were interesting photos on the website and other SNS sites. The below is the one of them. In this photo, Ryōhei Suzuki presents a bouquet of flowers to Keiko Kitagawa as Tenshō-in after her last appearance in the series. Presenting a bouquet to an actor or actress is an established custom when he/she finishes shooting. Needless to say, such photos are one of the PR plans of NHK.

Yōko Minamino as Ikushima, Keiko Kitagawa as Tenshō-in and Ryōhei Suzuki as Kichinosuke
(From left to right)

Not only presenting the bouquets, many of the photos of the cast in the green room (or dressing room) were posted also. Though some of them oppose in the series, they are on good terms in the room. In some photos, they seem to be really relaxed but in the others they become tense. Despite being the "unposed" photographs, the actors or actresses sometimes strike a pose responding to a photographer's request. Not only on the SNS sites, they in the room are introduced in a special programme of the series also. In it, Suzuki talks about how he gains weight with Tetsuji Tamayama as KATSURA Kogorō. 

Shōfukutei Tsurube as Iwakura Tomomi (left) and Suzuki as Kichinosuke

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