RBC Special “Ryukyu Athlete MTG 2021” (Okinawa)

RBC aired a 1-hour special today called “Ryukyu Athlete MTG 2021” (琉球アスリートMTG2021). The TV special features several athletes from Okinawa that will be competing in Tokyo 2020 (now in summer 2021 as it was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic). The athletes (links to their Wikipedia page if available) featured in the special are Kiyuna Ryo (karate), Arashiro Yukiya (cycling road race), Miyamoto Masanori (weightlifting), Kina Tsubasa (wheelchair marathon), Ikehara Ayaka (handball), Tsuha Hibiki (long jump), and Tome Takanori (canoe).

Let’s give them our support!

Link to RBC’s article.

Kiku TV’s 2021 New Year’s Special Programs (Hawaii)

Although many of us were saddened of Kiku TV’s decision in not picking up the 71st NHK Kouhaku Uta-Gassen, they are showing two special dramas that have actresses from Okinawa featured in them.

The first airs tonight (Saturday, 1/2) and is called The Last Promise (Saigo no Yakusoku) which aired in Japan on January 9, 2010. This special drama stars Kuroki Meisa (2010 is during the height of her popularity and prior to her marriage to Akanishi Jin) as Niimi Yuriko (daughter of the president of Energy Bio Corporation).

The second airs on Wednesday 1/6 and is called Shitto (Jealousy) which aired in Japan on August 16, 2020. This special drama stars Kuninaka Ryoko (of Churasan fame and is married to popular actor Mukai Osamu) as Nagai Fumina.

Link to Kiku TV’s 2021 New Year’s Specials

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 fortunate to have actress Yukie Nakama host the show for her third time (2006, 2008 and 2009). Flashback to the 50th show (1999) and the artists who performed included: MAX, Kiroro, SPEED, Namie Amuro, and DA PUMP. And one of my favorites was the 56th (2005) with its Okinawa-theme. Enka singer Yoko Nagayama sang “Bashoufu,” folk singer Ryoko Moriyama sang “Satoukibi Batake,” comedian Gorie (performing with the Red Team) sang “Pecori♥Night,” Rimi Natsukawa returned to sing “Nada Sou Sou” again (she performed the song the previous year), and R&B duo D-51 sang “NO MORE CRY.”

So for this year’s 61st show, who can we look forward to watching? Performing 4th (White Team) is NYC who has a member with ties to Okinawa in Yuri Chinen. Performing 10th (White Team) is the previously mentioned Yusuke. And the band I’m most looking forward to watching this year is HY who are making their first appearance on the show with the powerful song “Toki o Koe.” They’ll be performing 17th (White Team) and I heard they’ll also have eisa drummers backing them up (their website has a link to a live performance of the song). Should be a very good show.

This may end up being our last post for 2010 so we’ll take this opportunity to wish all of you a very Happy New Year!!! Take care everyone and see you in 2011!

Tokyograph: Manami Higa to star in “Dondo Bare” sequel

NHK is reviving its 2007 morning drama series “Dondo Bare” with a sequel that will be aired as a special program next year. Production on the show was announced at a press conference on Wednesday, attended by the drama’s lead actress, Manami Higa (24). […] (Via Tokyograph.)

We’re big fans of Manami Higa and it’s great that she will be reprising her role in “Dondo Bare.” Thinking back, there was another actress who was the star of an NHK morning drama series (“Churasan” anyone?) who reprised her role several times. (Yep, it’s Ryoko Kuninaka.)

Karakui.com Special: Okinawan musicians to follow on Twitter

This is the first in a series of posts featuring people to follow on Twitter (Wikipedia link), the social networking/microblogging service.

Musicians:

@rinkenteruyaRinken Band leader Rinken Teruya. He’ll often reply to @Mentions and tweets quite frequently.

@gerhen_oshimaGerhen Oshima, formerly of TINGARA, Churamana, and Shima Good Needs. His latest project is coco←musika.

@machu34Toru Yonaha updates are becoming more frequent. Go Toru!

@oshimayasukatsuYasukatsu Oshima mostly updates on where he’s playing and I believe it’s not him tweeting but the person who’s in charge of his website.

@kinashoukichiShoukichi Kina last tweeted on 6/23/10! Yeah, that’s like 5 months ago but I guess that’s not too shabby for a 62-year-old.

Music stores and record labels:

@asovivasanshinASOVIVA, a sanshin store

@respectrecordRespect Record, a music label

@takararecordsTakara Records Store, a music store

List compiled on 11/11/10. Have someone you think should be added to this list? Please leave a comment or use our contact form.

Yukie Nakama to star in the TBS’s “Japanese Americans”

This autumn, TBS plans to broadcast a five-episode drama series titled “Japanese Americans.” The drama, an original work by veteran screenwriter Sugako Hashida, focuses on a Japanese family who emigrated to the United States a century ago and lived through World War II. […]

Yukie Nakama (30) plays the heroine as Ichiro’s love interest Shinobu. […]

Filming starts in the next few days and is expected to last five months, including two months of filming in the U.S. Broadcast dates have not yet been set, but it will air this fall as five two-hour episodes on consecutive nights, which is a first for the network. The drama is being labeled as a special project in honor of TBS’s 60th anniversary.

(Via Tokyograph.)

Yu Yamada to star in “Koi no Karasawagi”

NTV has revealed that its next “Koi no Karasawagi” (“Much Ado About Love”) drama special will air on September 25. Based on the variety show of that name, this will be the sixth in a series of yearly specials that started in 2004.

Like the previous specials, “Koi no Karasawagi: Love Stories VI” will consist of three stories. The first is “Rival no Onna,” starring Yu Yamada (25) as an unsuccessful entertainer who fights with a friend over a handsome actor. […]

(Via Tokyograph.)

Karakui.com Special: That actress? She’s from Okinawa.

I’ve been meaning to post an entry on this subject, actresses from Okinawa, for a very long time. If you haven’t noticed, we’re living in a very special time (well, especially for Okinawan pop culture folks) where it’s impossible not to find an actress from Okinawa on TV or on the big screen. I’ve managed to round-up seven actresses who have made and are making a splash in the entertainment world. So, yeah, hopefully this’ll give you an incentive to watch more Japanese TV if only to say that you know that actress is from Okinawa. 🙂

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Watari, Ueto play father and daughter in drama special – Tokyograph

Veteran actor Tetsuya Watari is teaming up with actress Aya Ueto as co-stars in a TV Asahi drama special called ‘Kekkon.’ The drama comes from screenwriter Sugako Hashida and producer Fukuko Ishii, who have previously worked together on the TBS series ‘Wataru Seken wa Oni Bakari.’ […]

(Link: “Watari, Ueto play father and daughter in drama special – Tokyograph.”)

Aya Ueto can currently be seen on the Fuji TV Getsu 9 drama “Konkatsu!