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Tokudayū names himself Eiichi again and works as bureaucrat. However he realises the limitations of working for the govdrnment and then becomes a businessman and tries to establish capitalism in Japan. But a man from Tosa domain  (present Kōchi prefecture) bars his way, His name is IWASAKI Yatarō, eatablisher of the Mitsubishi combine. There is a conflict between them. 

Ulysses Grant  (Frederic Benoliel) and his family enjoy Japanese country dishes

Ulysses Grant, former president of the US visits Japan and Eiichi invites him to his home. O-Chiyo, wife of Eiichi treats him and his wife to country dishes and shows them sumo matches. Grant tells Eiichi that he hopes that Japan will keep herself independent in severe global conditions.

O-Chiyo (Ai Hashimoto) dies of cholera

The Mitsubishi combine is still the only winner in Japanese business community while Eiichi appeals to relieve the poor. He and O-Chiyo put the focus on welfare. Around the same time, Ōkuma Shigenobu resigns from his public post due to the hostility to those from Satsuma (Kagoshima) and Chōshū (Yamaguchi) but he plans to eatablish a ruling party with the support of Iwasaki. And Eiichi’s daughter Utako marry HOZUMI Nobushige, a jurist but soon after O-Chiyo dies of Cholera.   

The images are from the official website of "Seiten o Tsuke".
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In Paris, TOKUGAWA Akitake and his attendants includes Tokudayū celebrate the New Year (1868). But they learn that TOKUGAWA Yoshinobu, the 15th shogun and elder brother of Akitake enacted Restoration of Imperial Rule. It confuses them but Tokudayū tries to reduce costs during their stay for Akitake who is going to study in France. About that time, he is brought to a stock exchange by a frenchman called Herrard and learns about bond.


Akitake (Rihito Itagaki, left) and Tokudayū (Ryō Yoshizawa) in Paris

Tokudayū decides to return to Japan with many of the attendants of Akitake. Before departing for Japan, he cuts off his topknot. In Japan, a civil war breaks out and his cousins Seiichirō and Heikurō fight against the New Government Army.


Tokudayū (right) meets his father Ichirōemon (Kaoru Kobayashi) and tells him that he will visit Sunpu to meet his former lord Yoshinobu

Tokudayū visits his hometown Chiaraijima and meets his parents Ichirōemon and Ei, his wife O-chiyo and daughter Uta. And then he visits Sunpu domain (present Shizuoka) and meets Yoshinobu who is ordered to confine himself in Sunpu. Then Tokudayū improves the domain's finaicial conditions utilizing the knowledge he acquired in Paris. However, the civil war has not finished yet and Seiichirō has gone to Hakodate to establish a new state in Hokkaidō.


Tokudayū (centre) in Sunpu tries to reform Sunpu domain with the vassals of Yoshinobu and plans to establish a company by gathering money from merchants

The images are from the official website of "Seiten o Tsuke".

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Eiichi and his cousins Kisaku and Chōshichirō join a radical jōi (expulsion of the foreigners) group and  try to murder some officials of the government who are considered to fawn on the Great Powers. At that time a boy was born between him and his wife O-Chiyo but he dies of the measles. And then he comes across HIRAOKA Enshirō who is a close advisor of HITOTSUBASHI Yoshinobu.

Eiichi (Ryo Yoshizawa, left) and Kisaku (Kengo Kōra) depart for Kyoto

Eiichi and Kisaku decide to become to become samurais though Chōshichirō is imprisoned. The two men who receive pecuniary aid from Ichirōemon, father of eiichi and depart for Kyoto where Yoshinobu takes office. As there is an epidemic of terrorism in Kyoto, Shinsengumi, a kind of security force patrol here and there. Eiichi, who renames his name into Tokudayū becomes to know HIJIKATA Toshizō, vice commander of shinsengumi. Kisaku also renames his name into Seiichirō.

Tokudayū meets Yoshinobu

Tokudayū distinguishs himself and he and Seiichirō are orderd to gather superior personnel in Kanto region for Yoshinobu. However Enshirō is killed by a rōnin from Mito domain while they're away. Yoshinobu, who is one of the sons of TOKUGAWA Nariaki, former lord of Mito is overwhelmed by grief. Tokudayū also feels sorrow at it but later he copes with important work and applies for accompanying TOKUGAWA Akitake, younger brother of Yoshinobu who plans to visit Paris to study.

Attendants of Akitake includes Tokudayū (centre) are surprised with Western civilisation

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In the middle of the 19th century, SHIBUSAWA Eiichi was born in Chiaraijima, Musashi (present Saitama Prefecture). He is the eldest son of Ichirobei, a wealthy farmer who grows indigo plants and his wife Ei. He is educated by ODAKA Junchū, one of his cousins. He also learns swordsmanship but Kisaku, another cousin of him is superior to him in using wooden sword. But Eiichi has a talent  for business that is cultivated while he helps his father with working in the fields and peddling.


Eiichi (Ryō Yoshizawa)

At that time, Western countries approached Japan and asked the Government to trade with them. On this occasion, Eiichi and Kisaku who learn Mitogaku and are inspired by so-called "Sonnō-jōi" theory. They and Chōshichirō, one of the brothers of Junchū have relationships with like-minded people. Especially Chōshichirō is eager to join such people to give a hard blow to the Governmen and goes to Edo to study.


Eiichi (left) and his father Ichirobei (Kaoru Kobayashi)

Eiichi also thiinks that the Governement should change itself because he has doubts with the system of the Tokugawa shogunate. Though his father is wealthy, his social position is farmer and it is thought to be much lower than that of samurai. 

The images are from the official website of "Seiten o Tsuke".

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"Seiten o Tsuke" is being shot now

"Seiten o Tsuke", a Taiga Drama series that is going to be broadcast from next February is being shot now. In the movie on the page below, SHIBUSAWA Eiichi and his cousin Kisaku meets HITOTSUBASHI Yoshinobu, later TOKUGAWA Toshinobu and his vassal HIRAOKA Enshirō.

(NHK ONLINE, in Japanese)

And the cast "Kamakura-dono no Jusan-nin", the series that is scheduled to be broadcast in 2022 was announced also. I'll write about it some other day.

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I'll Stop Posting the Entries on "Kirin ga Kuru" and the Characters of the Series 11

This may be the last entry on "Kirin ga Kuru" in 2020. The broadcast of the series will be restarted on the 30th of August but I decided that I wouldn't watch it any more, however, I will keep on recording the series. But I'm not sure whether I will watch the videos or not. Like "Idaten", the series is disappointing for me also.

Ironically, thanks to the decision, I become to be interested in "Seiten o Tsuke", the series that will be broadcast in 2021 though I didn't expect it at first. Needless to say, I cannot tell the series attracts me or not unless I watch it in actuality - it is better to travel hopefully than to arrive. But now I expect the next year's series.

And the below are the cast of  "Kirin ga Kuru" that I haven't introduced yet.

KINOSHITA Tōkichirō or HASHIBA Hideyoshi (Kuranosuke Sasaki)

A son of a farmer of Owari. At first he plans to serve IMAGAWA Yoshimoto but then ODA Nobunaga. He beat Mitsuhide at the Battle of Yamazaki after the Honnoji Incident.


SAKUMA Nobumori (Nobuaki Kaneko*)

One of the vassals of Nobunaga


SHIBATA Katsuie (Masanobu Andō)

One of the vassals of Nobunaga


MŌRI Shinsuke (Tsubasa Imai)

One of the vassals of Nobunaga and beheads IMAGAWA Yoshimoto at the Battle of Okehazama.


Hōjin (Bengal)

A fictional figure. He is the man who tells Koma how to make a pill.


Genshin-ni (Kyoko Maya)

A grandmother of MATSUDAIRA Motoyasu (TOKUGAWA Ieyasu) and mother of O-Dai.


YAMAZAKI Yoshiie (Takaaki Enoki**)

One of the vassals of ASAKURA Yoshikage and kajin (waka poet).


(*) Kaneko appears in "Gunshi Kanbei" and acts KUSHIHASHI Sakyonosuke (Masakore), brother of Kanbei's wife Teru.
(**) Enoki appears in some Taiga Drama series and in "Taiheiki", he acts HINO Toshimoto, an aristocrat. The series is written by Shunsaku Ikehata who writes "Kirin ga Kuru"also but and I like it much better than this year's one.

The images are from the official website of "Kirin ga Kuru".

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Seiten o Tsuke

The first cast of "Seiten o Tsukē", the Taiga Drama series that will be broadcast in 2021 was announced. It seems to be delayed because of the spread of COVID-19. The below is the cast  (in Japanese) on the official website of NHK.


Ryō Yoshizawa who features "Seiten o Tsuke" from NHK ONLINE

Ryō Yoshizawa plays the main character SHIBUSAWA Eiichi and his father Ichirōemon will be acted by Kaoru Kobayashi who plays the role of Nankei in "Onna Joshu Naotora". And Emi Wakui who appeares on some series as "Komyō ga Tsuji" and "Taira no Kiyomori" will act Ei, mother of Eiichi. 

On the other hand, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi who was formerly a member of SMAP and narrates "Bura Tamori" will act TOKUGAWA Yoshinobu. Kusanagi was cast as ENOMOTO Takeaki in "Shinsengumi!" in 2004 and it was his first appearance in Taiga Drama series.

However, I look forward to "Kamakura dono no 13 nin" that is to be broadcast in 2022 and read a book on its main character Hōjō Yoshitoki.
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Wife and Concubine

In the 21st episode of "Kirin ga Kuru", Nobunaga apoligises to his wife Kichō for having a son Kimyō Maru (later ODA Nobutada) between his concubine (sokushitsu) called Kitsuno secretly. But I think it's strange because having concubine(s) was COMMON among the samurais at that time especially those who were high in status.They are required to have many children to strengthen their families or clans. In this case, not the concubines but their wives brought up the children instead of their real mothers. Concubines were usually waiting maids but Kitsuno was a widow of a samurai and was so beloved by Nobunaga. Some say that her former husband was not dead but AKECHI Hidemitsu, cousin of Mitsuhide. She gave birth to three children and died in 1566.
Kichō (Haruna Kawaguchi, far right) sees Kimyō Maru (the second from the left) and says "Who is this baby?"
 (From the video of the episode 21)

There is another strange point in the series. A wife of shogun, daimyo or their senior vassals was required to give birth to children and take care of family matters besides. But in the series, Kichō seems to take part in her husband's business and occasionally stay away from the castle where she lives. If she had devoted herself to control the family matters, she would have known the birth of Kimyō Maru earlier and also learned her husband had a concubine. And if Shunsaku Ikehata, the scenario writer hoped to describe Kichō as an active wife of Nobunaga, Erika Sawajiri should have played the role as scheduled but she was arrested for possessing illegal medicines.

In the 35th episode of "Fūrin Kazan", Sanjō Fujin (Chizuru Ikewaki, left) meets Yū hime (Miyuki Shibamoto, centre) when she visits Harunobu
(From the DVD series of "Fūrin Kazan")

Needless to say, wife and concubine don't get along together often. In "Furin Kazan", Sanjō Fujin, wife of TAKEDA Harunobu (Shingen) meets his concubine Yū hime who is shocked at O-Goto hime, another concubine of Harunobu and persuades her what she should do to deal with the new rival. Recently male main characters of Taiga Drama series are usually single or have no concubine though they are married. However, I don't always agree with producing historical dramas in such way. From the 14th of June, special programmes on the series set in the Sengoku period will be broadcast for a while because "Kirin ga Kuru" is forced to stop shooting because of the spread of COVID-19. Some of them, especially "Dokuganryū Masamune " and "Kuni-tori Monogatari" are the series that are relatively authentic (more authentic than this year's one) so I want to enjoy them.
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TOKUGAWA Ieyasu in His Youth

At the setout, I tell you that the broadcast of "Kirin ga Kuru" will be suspended for a short while because the spread of COVID-19 prevented the cast and the crew from shooting. During the time, the famous scenes and short stories about shooting of the series set in he Sengoku period will be broadcast instead. The broadcast schedule of NHK is as below.

"Dokugan-ryū Masamune" 14th June, 2020 PM 8:00~8:45
"Kuni-tori MOnogatari" 21st June, 2020 PM 8:00~8:45
"Toshiie to Matsu" 28th June, 2020 PM 8:00~8:45  (JST)

Seiyō Uchino as Tokugawa Ieyasu in "Sanada Maru"

TOKUGAWA Ieyasu is known as a samurai who established the Edo Bakufu (Tokugawa shogunate) not only in Japan but in foreign countries also. He is one of the remarkable figures in the Sengoku period is acted by various actors in Taiga Drama series. However, he went through a lot of hardships when he was young. His father MATSUDAIRA Hirotada was killed or died of illness when he was a child who was called Takechiyo. Little Takechiyo became a hostage of the ODA clan when he was 3 years old. After that he was taken hostage by IMAGAWA Yoshimoto who ruled Suruga as daimyo. He was educated by TAIGEN Sessai and Yoshimoto found him useful. 

Sadao Abe as Tokugawa Ieyasu in "Onna Joshu Naotora"

In 1555, he celebrated his genpuku (coming of age) and called himself MATSUDAIRA Motoyasu. He was granted to use the portion of ”Yoshimoto". In the same year, he married Sena (Tsukiyama dono*), relative of Yoshimoto. But after the Battle of Okehazama in 1560, he returned to Okazaki Castle in Mikawa, the province where he was born. It is said that he betrayed the Imagawa clan but recent research has shown that he returned to Mikawa to prepare the battle against the army of ODA Nobunaga as an officer of Yoshimoto's army. And it is also said he who was chased by Nobunaga's army tried to commit suicide but the enemies didn't chase and attack him. (It may be true that he tried to kill himself but was stopped by a priest and persuaded to survive)

Shunsuke Kazama as Tokugawa Ieyasu (Matsudaira Motoyasu) in "Kirin ga Kuru"

After that he formed an alliance with ODA Nobunaga and made his son Nobuyasu marry Toku hime who was born between Nobunaga and his concubine. Before it, he changed his name into TOKUGAWA Ieyasu. But there were still lots of difficulties lying ahead. He came into collision with his son Nobuyasu and his clan was troubled with internal strife. Nobuyasu was finally ordered to commit hara-kiri and his mother Tsukiyama-dono was executed in 1579. Moreover, he had more bitter experiences to govern Japan as shogun.

(*) She is said to have been a niece of Yoshimoto. "Tsukiyama dono" means Lady or Madame Tsukiyama. The name comes from Tsukiyama, a place in Okazaki.

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The Characters of "Kirin ga Kuru" 10

TOKUGAWA Ieyasu (Shunsuke Kazama)

A samurai who was born in Mikawa (eastern part of present Aichi) , served ODA Nobunaga and TOYOTOMI Hideyoshi and finally became the first shogun of Edo Bakufu (Tokugawa Shogunate). He was a hostage of the Imagawa clan who governed Sunpu but could returned to Okazaki Castle in Mikawa after IMAGAWA Yoshimoto died in the Battle of Okehazama. Then he formed an alliance with Nobunaga and distinguished himself as daimyo.

MATSUDAIIRA Motoyasu, later TOKUGAWA Ieyasu

Young Motoyasu (Yūto Ikeda)

Takechiyo, Motoyasu in his childhood (Ryusei Iwata)

IMAGAWA Yoshimoto (KATAOKA Ainosuke)

A daimyo of Suruga (eastern part of present Shizuoka) who was called "Tōkai ichi no Yumitori", the strongest warrior in the provinces along Tōkaidō. He later became ambitious to occupy neighbouring provinces but was killed in the Battle of Okehazama before his dream came true and it allowed Nobunaga conquer Mino.


TAIGEN Sessai (Gorō Ibuki*)

A Buddhism priest and a strategist of Yoshimoto and was called "Kokui no Saishō", a councilor in black robe. He was also a tutor of Ieyasu but suddenly died in 1555 and some say that his death declined the Imagawa clan.


(*) He plays the role of HOSOKAWA Fujitaka in "Kuni-tori Monogatari".

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