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Idaten Episode 6 O-Edo Nihonbashi (Nihonbashi, Edo)

After the qualification, Dai Nippon Taiiku Kyōkai (Japan Amateur Athletic Association) decides to send Japanese athletes to the Olympics 1912. On the other hand, Shisō tries to apologise Shinsaku Kurosawa, shopmaster of Harimaya for his impoliteness but he hesitates to enter his shop. Then Sei-san appears and lets him into the shop. Shinsaku improves the tabi and gives them to Shisō. He feels comfortable in them and find they are not easily torn. He goes out of the shop and begins running around his school.

However it is hard for the association to select the athletes who will be sent to Stockholm and the expense goes over the budget. Though Jigorō Kanō negotiates with the Ministry of Education, the officials insist that it doesn't need to make Yahiko Mishima, one of the favourites for the Olympics because he studies at Tokyo University at government expense. Jigorō decides to persuade Yahiko go to Sweden at his own expense as he is from a wealthy family. The association can send only two athletes so Isao Kani apologises to Jigorō for having used money to make a trophy for the qualification but Jigorō never minds it. And he calls Shisō to the principal's room.

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Shisō (NAKAMURA Kankurō VI) keeps runnning

Shisō is told to take part in the Olympics 1912 but he says he doesn't want to do so. He doesn't know even the world record of marathon and he just wanted to join the qualifier to achieve good results from his effort. And the reason why he runs around the school is testing new tabi. First of all, he doesn't know about the Olympics and why the letters "OLYMPIC" are inscribed on the trophy. His words disappoints Jigorō so much. Though he shows Shisō the poster of the Olympics 1912 and tells him about the Rising-Sun flag in it, he is surprised with a naked man painted in it. Besides he asks Jigorō whether he should commit hara-kiri or not if he were to lose the race.

Then Jigorō asks Yahiko Mishima to take part in the Olympics but he refuses it because he is in the senior class and is warned by the Ministry of Education to avoid it. Jigorō thinks that he has no other choice but to send the athletes in the second or third places in the qualifier. And then the Xinhai Revolution breaks out in China so many Chinese students who study at the school with his recommendation become confused and attempt to return to their country. Jigorō restrains them from leaving Japan and bears their expense necessary for stay and studying. As a result, he borrows a big amount of money that is impossible for him to pay off until his death.

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Jigorō Kanō (KōjiYakusho, right) hugs Shisō

Shisō visits the principle's room to return the trophy. However Jigorō tells him that everybody expects him to take part in the Olympics and explains him about it. And he gives an example of the mission sent by the Tokugawa shogunate to the US to exchange instruments of ratification of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce between the US and Japan. He says the samurais with swords and kimonos might have been regarded so strange in the US and pioneers always have hard time. Shisō cannot make a decision at first but finally he accepts it. It makes Jigorō so happy and tells him not to receive financial help from the Ministry of Education but go to Stockholm at his expense so he will be free from mental pressure. But in fact, the financial situation of the association gets worse.
 
Shisō goes to the ground in Haneda. After the conversation with Jigorō, he was shown a world atlas and learned where Stockholm is located. And Isao tells him the expense costs 1.800 yen (*) at least. Shisō worries but at last he writes about it to his family. But he hesitates whether he posts it or not but at last drops it into a pillarbox when a son of Shinsaku clings to his hip. The voice of the primary school pupils in 1960 who study about the Olympics overlaps.

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Kōzō Minobe (Mirai Moriyama, right) pulls a jinrikisha Tachibanaya Enkyō (Suzuki Matsuo) rides on

In 1960, Masaji Tabata who is a secretary-general of the organising committee of the Olympics 1964 sees a man who wears tabi runs from the car. The story of KOKONTEI Shinchō is broadcast on radio. Young Shinshō, Kōzō Minobe was told by TACHIBANAYA Enkyō who rides his jinrikisha to learn stories not by listening to. He tells that he should learn them by running around Tokyo to understand the feelings of the characters. So he tells his new pupil Gorin the same thing but Gorin prefers the story of Tokyo Olympics, a modern one than classical ones. 

At the end of Meiji period, Kōzō runs from Asakusa tod Nihonbashi but he becomes to run from Asakusa to Shiba. Shisō who trains for the Olympics also runs from Ueno to Shibaand passes by Kōzo. 

And Shisō's letter reaches his family.  

(*) About 5,000,000 or 6,000,000 yen, 50,000 or 60,000 US dollars.

The images are from the Instagram of "Idaten".

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Idaten Episode 5 Ame nimo Makezu (Undaunted by the Rain)

KOKONTEI Shinchō intends to tell "Shibahama" though it's not New Year's Eve (*). However he is drunken and sleeps at stage. His daughter Mitsuko worries about it but some of the audience tell her not to wake him up. He remembers the runners in the qualifier for the Olympics 1912 (**). 

On the 19th of December, the qualifier is held. Though Yahiko Mishima is a timekeeper, he plans to join the qualifiers of short distance and middle distance and wears spikes and wins the races. The runners from Tokyo Kōtō Shihan Gakkō arrive at the ground in Haneda late and the qualifier of marathon starts. Shisō with other members of the athlete club of Shihan Gakkō runs slowly at the beginning of the race in the rain.

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Yahiko Mishima (Tōma Ikuta) at the ground

Many of the runners are exhausted and fall down. And the members of the management committee cannot see the race and waste time at the ground. Sei-san, a rikishaman who pretends himself as a student also joins it. Many unexpected incidents happen during the race. Those who see the race follow the runners, Genzaburō Noguchi who is a junior of Shisō steals a steamed bun because of hunger and Shisō himself is watched by a runner who runs in front of him. But he keeps running toward the finish line. 

His tabi are worn out while running so Shisō who returns to the ground kicks them off. His face turns red because the dyes of his cap flows down wetting by rain. Jigorō Kanō sees somebody runs toward them through field glasses. He thinks it's a messenger but it's Shiso. He is hugged by Jogorō as soon as he reaches the goal and his dream from his childhood comes true now (***). It is unbelievable that he betters the world record and there are no problems in timekeeping and the distance. Though a stuff tries to make him drink water, he refuses it. 

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Shinkei Yoshioka (Shinnosuke Mitsushima, left) and Rinsen Nakagawa (Kōen Kondō) are also the members of Tengu club and manage the qualifier for the Olympice 1912.

"He didn't want to make his record vanish like a dream" (****).
The audience laugh at Shinchō's story. Then he is asked about the story by Mitsuko and his pupils in the backstage.

On the day of the qualifier, Kōzō, young Shinchō takes Sei-san's place. He transports TACHIBANAYA Enkyō from Asakusa to Ningyō-cho by jinrikisha and is attracted by "Kajikazawa" (*****) that Enkyō rehearses. After he gets off, Kōzō asks him to make him become his pupil. Though Koume tells him Enkyō has an eccentric and mercurial character, he gains his favour. And in the dormitory of Tōkyō Kōtō Shihan Gakkō, a party to celebrate Shisō’s victory is held. Isao Kani frolics so much and is warned by Dōmei Nagai. Hidenobu Mikawa visits the venue but he doesn't join the party.    

At the ground of Haneda, Jigorō and the members of Tengu Club hold torches and go on spree. Shisō cannot sleep and checks the merits and demerits in the race. He thinks that his tabi should be improves to stand hard use during the race and he sees an illusion of his brother Sanetsugu who scolds him engrossed in running. On the following day, he becomes the man of the day. He visits Harimaya and finds a bill that congratulates him is on the door.
However, he tells Shinsaku, master of the shop that the tabi he bought has low durability and it makes him angry. But if the tabi was more durable, his foot would not blister.

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Shisō (NAKAMURA Kankurō) prepares for the race

At the residence of the Mishima family, both Wakako and Yatarō ignore the victory of Yahiko. Shima who cleans Yahiko's room tells him that she is dissatisfied with their behaviours. Yahiko asks her whether she liked sports or not and says women's sports will be popular soon. And Suya Haruno who sees a column with the photo of Shisō on the newspaper and  attempts to cut out it. But her father tells her not to do so as she is going to have a marriage. She folds the paper without cutting out the column.

(*)(****) As I write in Shibahama, the climax of the story Katsugorō in this story is set in New Year's Eve and he is told by his wife that picking up a purse is a dream.
(**) But he didn't the race because he pulled a jinrikisha instead of Sei-san on the day. 
(***) After having visited Daigo Kōtō Gakkō in Kumamoto to see Jigorō Kanō,  his father told the family members that he was hold up in Jigorō's arms but it was not true. And now he is too big to behold up on his arms but is hugged by him.
(*****) One of the specialties of Tachibanaya Enkyō.

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


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Idaten Episode 4 Shōben Kozō (A Boy with Weakness)

In 1960, KOKONTEI Shincho tells his audience about the Olympics. In 1911, Kano Jigorō prepares for sending Japanese athletes to the Olympic Games in Stockholm and establishes Dai Nippon Taiiku Kyōkai. He hopes that there will be "Idaten" who can be successful in the Olympics. And Shisō takes part in the race held by Tōkyō Shihan Gakkō however he has a desire to urinate just before the start and has a wash. Dōmei Nagai finds it and scolds him not to do such a thing. He loses his way but runs the whole distance of 24 km and gets a bronze medal. Sei-san goes to a tabi (Japanese socks) and talks with the about the Olympics with the master (*).

Shisō is delighted that Jigorō whom he has admired since his childhood. He is the first preparatory course student who gets a bronze medal. He writes about it to his family but is disappointed with the reply written by his brother Sanetsugu for his mother Suē. It says that his purpose is not running. The letter also says that he should not run such a long distance. Shisō bathes in cold water and decides not to write to his family any more because his mother still regards him as a little and weak child. He then checks why he could not get a gold medal but Hidenobu Mikawa tells him that he himself is a stray sheep now.


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Jigorō Kanō (Kōji Yakusho, right) speaks to Shisō (NAKAMURA Kankurō VI) who gets a bronze medal.

Hidenobu blames Dōmei that he always looks down on students and stubborn. Beside he likes inflicting corporal punishment. Then Shisō sees Sanpō Toku, a man who pracrices judo well and eats a lot. Shisō realises that it needs to eat something that wull increase his stamina to run a long distance. But Hidenobu is laughed at Sanpō so Dōmei tries to punish him. But it's not Domei but Sanpō who punishes him.

Shisō is promoted to regular course and joins the athletic club. He eats pork dish served in a pot with his juniors after running and overcomes his weaknesses such as having a desire to urinate before the race. At the restaurant, he sees a man in Western clothes and a Western woman. They are Hyozō Omori and his wife Aniko. Hyozō tells Shisō that he plans to visit the Shihan Gakkō soon. Shisō has another problem to be solved. He thinks waraji (straw sandal) is not fit for sports but there are no running shoes made in Japan. He visits a tabi shop called Hariymaya where Sei-san often stops by to buy his tabi. Shisō also buys a pair and makes them as his runnning shoes.


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 Shiē Kanakuri (Yoshiko Miyazaki) worries about her son

In 1960.  Chiē, a girlfriend of Gorin who is a new pupil of Shinshō tells him that he now visits a tabi shop where his mother worked for. The shop is nothing but Harimaya.

In 1911, the qualifying for the Olympics is near. When Sei-san visits Harimaya, the master called Shinsaku says many students of the Shihan Gakkō bought tabi for it. There are four footrace events in the Olympics -100 metres, 200 metres, 400 meteres and marathon. As it needs to run more than 40 km in marathon, Shisō and his teammates change their training style and practice running without drinking water and fat. They also try to run wearing a lot of clothes to make themselves to sweat off. Yahiko Mishima who is to graduate from university soon asks his brother Yatarō to invest money in making a ground though he opposes to Yahiko's join in the Olympics.

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Yatarō Mishima (Yukiyoshi Ozawa) treats his brother Yahiko coldly

Hyozō visits the Shihan Gakkō and leads the students who make a ground in Haneda. The students from China (Qing) who study in Japan by the good offices of Jigorō are included in them. But Yahiko tells Jigorō that he will not join the Olympics and he and Tengu Club members will manage the race. He also says to him that Yatarō will not invest money. It shocks Jigorō. Though the money to send the athletes to the Olympics is raised, he is in low spirits and says there may be no Idaten whom he is searching for. On the other hand, Shisō falls down because of his training and concludes that he should not train himself recklessly.  

Shinshō tells "Shibahama", a story about a man who loves drinking sake. However he is drunken also though he performs on the stage on the day. So his story digresses.

(*) A rikishaman like Sei-san usually put on a pair of tabi when he pulled a jinrikisha.

The images are from the official website and the Instagram of "Idaten".

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Idaten Episode 3 Bōken Sekai (Adventure World)

In 1960. KOKONTEI Shinchō's family and his pupil Imamatsu are surprised that a young man called Komatsu becomes Shinchō's pupil secretly. He bathes in cold water every morning because his father told him to do so in his childhood.

In 1909, Shisō who becomes 18 bathes in cold water near the well. He who lost the chance of becoming a navy officer plans to study at Tokyo Kōtō Shihan Gakkō and tells his elder brother Sanetsugu that he was not carried by Jigorō Kanō in reality. Sanetugu has already known about it but Shisō hopes to regret nothing (*) and decides to go to the school whose principal is Jigorō himself. He passes the entrance exam of the school and goes to Tokyo with Hidenobu Mikawa. Both of them wear red blankets that symbolise the country bumpkins who visit Tokyo. On their way, Shisō finds a magazine "Bōken Sekai" (Adventure World) someone left in the train and reads the column on Tengu Club. Hidenobu tells him it's a sports club, a community of libertines. 

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Shisō (NAKAMURA Kankurō VI, left) and Hidenobu Mikawa (Ryō Katsuji) arrive in Tokyo

They arrive in Tokyo and go straight to Asakusa but Shisō has his purse picked in the streetcar. Then Koume, a prostitute speaks to them and rikishaman Sei-san suggests riding on his jinrikisha to them. After that they go to the dormitory of the school but the dean Dōmei Nagai who is famous for his severity blames them for bringing "Bōken Sekai". Hidenobu tells him calculatingly that it's Shisō who has the magazine. So Shisō is told to hang down from wall bars as punishment. Besides he has to bend his legs at right angles. 

At the residence of the Mishima family, Wakako, mother of Yatorō and Yahiko makes a maid called Shima read aloud a novel "Hototogisu" (**). She is a brave woman from Kagoshima who is liken to SAIGŌ Takamori. However in the novel, a mother-in-law of the main character Namiko is modeled on Wakako and she torments her son's wife. Shima is confused but Yatarō tells her to treat her adequately because Wakako cannot read difficult Chinese letters. Yahiko takes an interview of a magazine and says he'd like to know how losers feel as he is ever-victorious. 

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Jigorō Kanō (Kōji Yakusho) talks about the Olympics at the entrance ceremony of Kōtō Shihan Gakkō

At the entrance ceremony of Kōtō Shihan Gakkō, Jigorō talks about the Olympics and the preparatory students includes Shisō are required to practice judo founded by him or kendo (Japanese swordsmanship). Shisō writes to his family about his school life. He bathes in cold water every morning and masticates the food well so he is the latest student who leaves the dormitory. And he runs to Shihan Gakkō as he did in his high school days. After having his purse stolen, he doesn't use a streetcar and is the first student who arrives at the school. In summer vacation, he returns home and meets Suya Haruno but is shocked when he learns that she will be formally introduced to her prospective marriage partner. Sanetsugu tells him to find something that fascinates him. When he entrains to return to Tokyo, Suya who rides a bike chases his train and says loudly that he should sing "Jitensha Bushi", her favourite song.

Shisō and Hidenobu return to Tokyo and go to Asakusa again. There they see a film based on "Hototogisu" and in it, the mother-in-law is described true to the original so Wakako who also sees it is very angry. And Koume speaks to Hidenobu who is with Shisō and asks him to visit her brothel house. Then a car comes (***) and Yahiko gets out of it. He shoots a gun as the signal to start of a marathon race. Sei-san also takes part in it in spite of being chuck out as he is not a student. Shisō asks him what it is and Sei-san answers it's marathon. The runners run around Asakusa and Shisō thinks he can find something that fascinates him. Onthe other hand, Kōzō Minobe frequently goes to the vaudeville hall and starts practicing rakugo by himself.

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Hidenobu reads "Hototogisu" in his room

Hidenobu who visited the brothel house is punished because he breaks the gates. And he is told to hang on from wall bars as Shisō did. Dōmei leaves there and Shisō finds a poster through the bars. He asks Hidenobu to stretch the legs then he sees the logo of marathon. It's a poster of a marathon race for the students.

(*) Maybe he is eager to study under Jigorō.
(**) The novel was written by Roka Tokutomi. Hototogisu means lesser cuckoo (Cuculus poliocephalus).
(***) Car was very rare at that time.

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Idaten Episode 2 Bothcan (A Son of the Kanakuri Family)

In 1960, KOKONTEI Shinshō tells his audience about Shisō Kanakuri. 

A boy is born in Tamana, Kumamoto that is near Tabaruzaka where a fierce battle was fought in the Satsuma Rebellion. His name Shisō that means forty-three is after his fatehr's age at his birth. When Shisō becomes 5, Jigorō Kanō who is the principal of Daigo (No.5) Senior High School in Kumamoto (*) and his father Nobuhiko takes him to the high school to see Jigorō's judo. However Nobuhiko who has a weak constitution takes tome to reach there and there are many people who try to see Jigorō. Then a man who has a cigarette in his mouth takes Shisō in his arms so he can barely see Jigorō.

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Shisō (NAKAMURA Kankurō VI) who is a high school pupil runs to home

They return home late. Nobuhiko tells his family that Shisō who has a weak constitution like him but he will be healthy because he was carried by Jigoro's arms. But it's not true. Soon after he enters a primary school but it's hard for him to walk long distances to school. As he doesn't go to school, his eldest brother Sanetsugu makes him shut in a room called "school room". One day Shisō hears the breath of his sister-in-law (wife of Sanetsugu) and imitates it when he runs. It makes him run without getting out of breath and when he enters a higher primary school, he becomes to run mountain road easily.

Kozō Minobe, young Shinshō already enjoys coarse pleasure in his childhood and is chased by a policeman and his father who was a policeman also. In 1960, He tells his audience that a Japanese man should run only if he is chased by a policeman or his father. A young man and his girlfriend who visited him in his house sees it on a street TV (**).

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Suya Haruno (Haruka Ayase), a daughter of a doctor is a cheerful schoolgirl

At the end of Meiji period. One day Nobuhiko vomits blood and Shisō runs to the house of Dr. Haruno. And he returns to home but Suya, daughter of the doctor chases him to hand him a lantern but she falls down flat. He carries her on the back and returns home but his farther has died. His mother Shiē tells him her husbands's last will that Shisō should take care of himself. And his grandmother Suma mentions that Shisō was carried by Jigorō's arms so he is all right. Though Shiso tries to tell Suma that it's not true but is stopped by Sanetsugu.

Shisō who is financially supported by his brothers and enters high school. As he lives in dormitory, he runs to home every weekend. He hopes to enter the navy after graduation because of Japan's victory against Russia. And a teacher called Gojō tells him to take a cold bath and he practices it repeatedly and has a cold at last. However he studies hard for his entrance exams but failed because the results of eyesight test is not good. Then he meets Suya who is a cheerful schoolgirl now. She encourages him and says if he becomes a navy officer, he will not be able to be promoted without war but it needs to go up to the front line and it may worry his wife. She talks to him as if she were the wife of an officer. And she tells him it is Shisō himself who decides for what he should use his ability. 
 
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Shisō's roommate Hidenobu Mikawa (Ryō Katsuji) makes his mind to enter Tokyo Kōtō Shihan Gakkō

In Tokyo, Kozō makes whoopee in Yoshiwara, a red light strict and is pressed to pay an account but he pushes it onto Koume, his favourite prostitute. But a man of the brothel still chases him. Kōzō then takes refuge in a vaudeville house where TACHIBANAYA Enkyo tells his audience "Tsukiuma" (***). 

Shisō learns that his roommate Hidenobu Mikawa will take an examination of Tokyo Kōtō Shihan Gakkō. In the magazine he reads Shisō finds the name of Jigorō Kano who becomes a principal of the school.

(*) One of the institutions of higher education in Japan but was abolished after the World War II.
(**) A TV set set in downtown for the public before television became common.
(***) A title of one of the programmes of rakugo. It originally means a brothel-man who accompanies a guest home for payment like a man who chases Kōzō who never pays an account.

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


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Idaten Episode 1 Yoake Mae (Before the Dawn) 2

After that Jigorō tells Shigenobu Ōkuma about his plan at a garden party in Yatarō Mishima's residence. Yatarō is the vice president of Yokohama Specie Bank, Ltd. Jigorō asks him for loan to realise his plan but Yatarō has accommodated him a loan already and he dislikes sports. Then his younger brother Yahiko who is playing baseball races after the ball and jumps into the garden. It makes those present run in panic. Yahiko is a member of Tengu (*)Club, a sport club and most of its members are students. Shigenobu tells them about Jigorō's plan of sending athletes to the Olympics and they agree with it. However Jogorō considers cancelling his plan because of Yatarō's rejection and Tengu Club members who are fooling around.

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The members of Tengu Club break into a garden party and make a toast with a beer

But he decided to send athletes to the Olympics again when he sees the design drawing of the stadium and a poster in which the rising-sun flag is drawn for the Olympics in Stockholm. Then he arranges sending athletes and establishes NIHON Taiiku Kyōkai , Japan Amateur Athletic Association (current Japan Sport Association). Then he calls Yahiko into his office and persuades him to establish a new world record for running though he discord with Michiaki Nagai and the Japan Association of Physical Education.   .

In 1960. A young man visits KOKONTEI Shinchō with his girlfriend. He asks him to become his pupil and has his father's postcard posted from Manchuria during the World War II. It says about the story of Shinchō. 
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Jigorō Kanō (Kōji Yakusho) changes the association's name into Dai Nihon Taiiku Kyōkai and show the letter "dai" (big)

At the end of Meiji period again. Jigorō changes his association's name into Dai Nihon Taiiku Kyokai and visits the club house of Tengu Club. There he talks about holding the qualifier for the Olympic Games and obtains the agreement of the members. So he plans to make a ground in Haneda(*) and the runners in the qualifier are to run along the railway from Tokyo to Yokohama and turn back. The traveling expenses and visiting fee for the Olympics are paid by the association. Sei-san also joins the qualifier falsifying his academic career statement because the qualifier is only for those who graduated from high school. But Jigorō is forced to stay in hospital as he drank sake that is prohibited by a doctor. Still, he tries to attend the qualifier and his subordinate Isao Kani already purchases a winner's cup.

Jigoro who is eager to select "Idaten" for the Olympics and even sees him in his dream. Isao says it's a good omen. The ground in Haneda is made with the cooperation of Tengu Club members and Sei-san pretends to be a university student and takes part in it. However many runners drop out in the race and at last a man whose face is bloodstained returns to the ground. But it's not blood. It's the dyes of his cap flows down wetting by rain. His name is Shisō Kanakuri and he makes a new world record. 

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 Shisō Kanakuri (NAKAMURA Kankurō VI) reaches the goal in the rain

In 1960, Shinsho tells about it to his audience and makes a for the family name of Jigorō.
"Masa ni fuka
nō o 'KANŌ' ni shita".
(he really could make the impossoble be poossible)
It makes them burst out laughing.

(*) A long-nosed goblin
(**) The area where Haneda International Airport is located now.

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

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Idaten Episode 1 Yoake Mae (Before the Dawn) 1

One day in 1959, KOKONTEI Shinshō who is a rakugo storyteller is on his way to a vaudeville theatre (yose) with his daughter Mitsuko. Thanks to the construction of the expressway, the area around Nihonbashi gets congested and his taxi runs very slowly. At last he arrives at the theatre and depicts "Tomikyū" whose main character runs a very long distance in Edo.

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KOKONTEI Shinchō (BEAT Takeshi) in the theatre

And a bureaucrat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs called Kitazawa tears his Achilles' tendon in a sports meeting. It is believed that he will make a speech at an International Olympic Committee session to host the 1964 Olympic Games. Then a journalist called Kazushige Hirasawa makes a speech at the IOC meeting in Munich and emphasises that Japanese children study hard about the Olympics and it needs to be held in Asia next time. Therefore it is decide that Tokyo will be the host city in 1964.   

In 1960, Shinshō tells his audience that he also knows about the Olympic Games a bit. 

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Kazushige Hirasawa (Gen Hoshino) is going to make a speech at the IOC session

At the end of Meiji period, young Shinshō whose real name is Kōzō Minobe lives debauchedly in the downtown of Tokyo and sees a man who wears frock coat tells Sei-san, a jinrikishaman (ricksawman) to go to the Embassy of France. The man is Jigorō Kanō who established Jūdō. At the embassy, a French Ambassador called Gērard shows him the photographs of the athletes in the London Olympics held in the previous year and he suggests to him that Japanese athletes should take part in the Olympics. He also says that this is the intention of Baron de Coubertin.

Jigorō learns various things about the Olympics and makes his mind to send some athletes to the Olympic Games in Stockholm. And he tells it to Michiaki Nagai who is a professor of Kōtō Shihan Gakkō, the school where he works as the principal returned from Stockholm to Tokyo. However he insists that the Japanese are too small to compete with foreign athletes and gives priority to the gymnastics using wall bars. And he who saw a marathon race in London talks about the fatigue of Dorando Pietri. He adds it's no good to make victory as final goal. Then Jigorō goes to the Japan Association of Physical Education current Nippon Sport Science University to make a direct appeal but is refused.

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Young Shinshō whose real name is Kōzō Minobe (Mirai Moriyama) lives debauchedly

He is shown a photograph of the Eight-Nation Alliance soldiers who suppressed the Boxer Rebellion and tells them the Japanese soldier is the smallest. So he opposes making Japanese athletes send to the Olympics. The president of the association tells them it needs to strengthen children first and it doesn't need to train very few athletes for the Olympics.

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

[ 2019/01/10 22:45 ] Taiga Drama Idaten | TB(-) | CM(0)
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まず、一部の記事関連でレイアウトが崩れるようですので修復していますが、何かおかしな点があれば指摘していただけると幸いです。それから当ブログでは、相互リンクは受け付けておりませんので悪しからずご了承ください。

『西郷どん』復習の投稿をアップしている一方で、『青天を衝け』の感想も書いています。またBSで再放送中の『黄金の日日』の再放送も観ています。そしてパペットホームズの続編ですが、これは是非とも来年の大河が始まる前に、三谷氏にお願いしたいところです。

他にも国内外の文化や歴史、『相棒』をはじめとする刑事ドラマについても、時々思い出したように書いています。ラグビー関連も週1またはそれ以上でアップしています。2019年、日本でのワールドカップで代表は見事ベスト8に進出し、2021年には北半球最強であるブリティッシュ&アイリッシュ・ライオンズとの試合も組まれています。このチームにいい試合をし、今後さらに上を目指してほしいものです。国内のラグビーも、2022年からはいよいよ新リーグがスタートです。

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