ベイカー寮221B/Baker House 221B

パペットホームズ、大河ドラマなどの好きなテレビ番組やラグビーについて書いています。アフィリエイトはやっていません。/Welcome to my blog. I write about some Japanese TV programmes including NHK puppetry and Taiga Drama, Sherlock Holmes and rugby. I don't do affiliate marketing.
ベイカー寮221B/Baker House 221B TOP  >  Taiga Drama

Seiten o Tsuke 1

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".


[ 2021/08/05 01:15 ] Taiga Drama | TB(-) | CM(0)

"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.

[ 2020/11/22 23:15 ] Taiga Drama | TB(-) | CM(0)

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".

[ 2020/08/04 23:45 ] Taiga Drama | TB(-) | CM(0)

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.
[ 2020/07/13 00:00 ] Taiga Drama | TB(-) | CM(0)

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.
[ 2020/06/10 23:15 ] Taiga Drama | TB(-) | CM(0)

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.

[ 2020/06/04 01:15 ] Taiga Drama | TB(-) | CM(0)

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".

[ 2020/06/01 23:00 ] Taiga Drama | TB(-) | CM(0)

The Characters of "Kirin ga Kuru" 9

Iroha Dayū (Machiko Ono)

She is a fictional character who leads a troupe of travelling entertainers. Thanks to it, she has connections with the influential persons in various areas. Koma was once a member of the troupe so she knows her well. Before the Battle of Nagaragawa, she is told to let SAITŌ Dōsan escape to Echizen (eastern part of present Fukui) by Kichō but Dōsan refuses it. Then she takes Mitsuhide and his family to the same place after the fall of Akechi Castle.


FUJITA Dengo (Satoshi Tokushige)

A samurai who served Mitsuhide and one of the few vassals who was told about the attack on ODA nobunaga before the Honnoji Incident. However, he committed suicide during the battle against HASHIBA Hideyoshi. His another name is Yukimasa.


ASAKURA Yoshikage (Yūsuke Santamaria)

A lord of Echizen and uses Mitsuhide to contact with Muromachi Bakufu in the series. The Asakura clan ruled the province for many years. He opposed ODA Nobunaga and won Asai (Azai) Nagamasa, a brother-in-law of Nobunaga over to his side but killed himself after the betrayal of his cousin Kageakira (*). He is said to have preferred art to battle maybe because of the deaths of his family members and the estrangement by his vassals.


(*) It is said that the skulls of him and Nagamasa were lacquered and gilded under the orders of Nobunaga. Then he compelled his vassals to drink sake from them but some say it's groundless. In "Komyō ga Tsuji", such behaviour of Nobunaga is blamed by his sister O-Ichi. 
[ 2020/05/24 23:15 ] Taiga Drama | TB(-) | CM(0)

The Characters of "Kirin ga Kuru" 8

Hiroko  (Fumino Kimura)

A wife of Mitsuhide. She was born as a daughter of TSUMAKI Norihiro, one of the powerful samurais of Mino Province. When the Akechi family ruined after the Battle of Nagara-gawa in 1556, she supported her husband who experienced difficulties to realise reestablishing Muromachi Bakufu and converted her hair into money to help him. She is said to have died in 1576 or in 1582 when Sakamoto Castle fell after the Honnoji Incident and the Battle of Yamazaki.


Maki  (Sayuri Ishikawa*)

A mother of Mitsuhide and a wife of AKECHI Mitsutsuna. Instead of her husband who died young, she brought up Mitsuhide. In the series, she tells young Mitsuhide how a samurai should be and makes him visit Tsumaki Castle to meet Hiroko that is a marriage interview in fact.


AKECHI Samanosuke  (Shōtarō Mamiya)

A cousin of Mitsuhide and a son of AKECHI Mitsuyasu. Like Hiroko, he supported Mitsuhide and married Mitsuhide's daughter. After the Honnoji Incident, he defended Sakamoto Castle against the army of HORI Hidemasa. On the 14th of June 1582, he killed the damily of Mitsuhide and his wife, he commits suicide and burned the castle.


(*) She is an experienced singer who is famous for her smash hit "Tsugaru Kaikyō Fuyugeshiki" and acts a Christian woman in a Taiga Drama series "Kōmyō ga Tsuji".

The images are from the official website of "Kirin ga Kuru".
[ 2020/05/16 23:30 ] Taiga Drama | TB(-) | CM(0)

Kuni-tori Monogatari

The Taiga Drama series was produced and broadcast in 1973. Like "Kirin ga Kuru", the main characters of the series are SAITŌ Dōsan, ODA Nobunaga, AKECHI Mitsuhide, Kichō (Nō hime) and KINOSHITA Tōkichirō (later TOYOTOMI Hideyoshi). It's based on a novel by Ryōtarō Shiba of the same title. The leading character of the first half of the series is Dōsan acted by Mikijirō Hira and that of the second half is Nobunaga whose role is played by Hideki Takahashi. And Masaomi Kondō plays Mitsuhide.

In the series, Dōsan seizes the real power of Mino Province by himself and Nobunaga is described as a man who destroys the medieval order. Therefore he is opposed by Mitsuhide who is a man of culture and values traditional views. He finally kills his lord Nobunaga in revenge for the pressure and the humiliation caused by the chastisement by him. However he feels that what he did against Nobunaga is a failure and on the way to Sakamoto Castle and is killed by local farmers.

To tell the truth, I prefer this series to "Kirin ga Kuru" because it's excellent in various respects.  Especially, the psychological depiction of the characters is so good.

The title calligraphy of "Kuni-tori Monogatari"

[ 2020/05/13 00:30 ] Taiga Drama | TB(-) | CM(0)