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  • Ayase Haruka Reflects on Kohaku 2013

    January 16, 2014 @ 11:03 am

    Actress Ayase Haruka (28) attended the "SK-II Beautiful Skin Pitera Dock" event on January 16. At the event she reflected on her MC skills at last year's "64th NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen" and expressed interest in MC-ing again. Ayase, who made her first event appearance this year, was flustered by Kohaku, "I was really nervous about singing, and I made many mistakes. The Arashi members and everyone else really helped me out a lot." She expressed

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  • Song list for '64th NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen' announced

    December 19, 2013 @ 3:10 am

    NHK has announced the official song list for the 51 artists who will be performing at the '64th Kohaku Uta Gassen'. The program this year will be hosted by actress Ayase Haruka and popular group Arashi. It will air on December 31 at 7:15 pm JST. Check out the song list below!  [Red Team]aiko (12) - "Loveletter"E-girls (1) - "E-girls Kohaku Special Medley 2013"Ikimonogakari (6) - "Egao"Ishikawa Sayuri (36) - "Tsugaru Kaikyou・Fuyugeshiki"AKB48 (6)

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  • The white team wins 'AKB48 Kohaku' + the group's 1st National Olympic Stadium concert announced

    December 18, 2013 @ 10:59 pm

    On December 17 at Tokyo Dome City Hall, AKB48 group's annual event "Dai 3-kai AKB48 Kohaku Taikou Uta Gassen" was held, and the white team won the singing battle.  "AKB48 Kohaku Taiko Uta Gassen" was first held back in December 2011, and this year, a total of 129 members from the AKB48 group attended the event. Yokoyama Yui served as the captain for the white team, while Watanabe Mayu was the captain for the red team.For the opening, W

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  • AKB48 reveals the red and white teams for their own 'Kohaku' singing battle

    December 11, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

    Popular idol group AKB48 will be holding their annual event "the 3rd AKB48 Kohaku Taikou Uta Gassen" on December 17 at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL, and they recently revealed the member lineup participating in the event, as well as the grouping. This is AKB48's own 'Kohaku' singing battle. Just like NHK's "Kohaku Uta Gassen", the members of AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, and HKT48, are divided into red and white teams, and they hold a singing battle against each

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  • AKB48 to hold their 3rd 'Kohaku Taikou Uta Gassen'

    December 4, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

    It's been announced that AKB48 will be holding their '3rd AKB48 Kohaku Taikou Uta Gassen' on December 17 at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL. This year will be AKB48's 6th, SKE48's 2nd, and NMB48's 1st appearances on '64th NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen'. Prior to this, the girls will battle against each other in their very own 'Kohaku'.  In the first year, Oshima Yuko's white team defeated Takahashi Minami's red team. Last year, Shinoda Mariko's (gra

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  • NHK reveals artist line up for '64th Kohaku Uta Gassen'

    November 25, 2013 @ 10:36 am

    NHK has just revealed its artist line up for its annual New Year's Eve music program 'The 64th Kohaku Uta Gassen'! This year, the program will be hosted by actress Ayase Haruka and popular group Arashi. It will feature a total of 51 artists with first-time appearances by 9 artists.  Check out the line up below! (In parenthesis are the number of times appeared)[Red Team]aiko (12)E-girls (1)Ikimonogakari (6)Ishikawa Sayuri (36)AKB48 (6)SKE48 (2)NMB

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  • Ayase Haruka & Arashi chosen as hosts for this year's Kohaku

    October 18, 2013 @ 10:51 pm

    It was announced that Ayase Haruka and Arashi have been chosen as the hosts for NHK's annual New Year's eve music show, Kohaku Uta Gassen. Although it will be the first time for Ayase, who will be supporting the red team, to participate in Kohaku as the host, for Arashi, this will be the 4th consecutive year to serve as the host on behalf of the white team. It was also announced that NHK announcer Udo Yumiko will be the general host. At the pres

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  • AKB48's 'The 2nd AKB48 Kohaku Taikou Uta Gassen' to be released on March 27

    February 1, 2013 @ 1:00 am

    On January 31, it was announced that the 2-disk DVD of the December 17 AKB48 concert, “The 2nd AKB48 Kohaku Taikou Uta Gassen”, will go on sale March 27 (4980 Yen, Avex.). During the concert, the members separated into red and white teams and performed AKB48 songs. In addition, the White Team’s Watanabe Mayu (18) performed former AKB48 member Maeda Atsuko’s (21) solo song, while the Red Team’s Shimazaki Haruka (18) performed HKT48 member

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  • White team is victorious for this year's Kohaku Uta Gassen

    December 31, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

    On December 31st, NHK held their annual "The 63rd NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen" at NHK Hall. This year, the white team grabbed the victory for the first time in 2 years. Below are the performances from this year's NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen. ===== Horikita Maki, the host of the red team, and Arashi, the host of the white team, made appearances in Kimonos, and declared the theme of this year, "Uta de Aitai." Horikita stated, "We will aim for a vi

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  • NHK addresses website controversy regarding Koda Kumi's Kohaku performance outfit

    December 31, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    On December 29, Harada Hideki, the Chief Producer of the “63rd Annual NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen”spoke to the press about the first day of rehearsals and addressed the topic of the NG that appeared on the NHK site for Koda Kumi’s performance outfit with, “[Reports] mentioned that I spoke to her agency about regulations, but I have not spoken to them at all.” Koda spoke after rehearsals with, “I thought [the costume] was very Koda-like and cool,

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