71st Kouhaku Uta-Gassen with Nikaido Fumi

Yes, it was a very different NHK Kouhaku Uta-Gassen (the 71st) with the ongoing pandemic performances were done without an audience. But for those that are fans of Okinawan pop culture, we can celebrate that popular actress Nikaido Fumi (Naha, Okinawa) was one of the announcers for the annual song battle. She currently starts in …

What to look forward to for this year’s 61st Kouhaku Uta-Gassen

Ah, I remember years past when we could expect to see several artists from or with ties to Okinawa on NHK’s annual music show, “Kouhaku Uta-Gassen” (Red & White Song Battle). For last year’s (60th) show, a lone artist Yusuke Kamiji (performs under his first name, Yusuke) with ties to Okinawa performed and we were …

Yukie Nakama to once again co-host NHK’s Kohaku

On Monday, NHK officially announced that Masahiro Nakai and Yukie Nakama will be this year’s hosts. The full list of performers are expected to be revealed soon. (Link: Mr.Children to make first appearance on Kohaku – Tokyograph.) This will be Yukie’s 3rd appearance (2005, 2006, 2008) as host of the music program and pairs her …