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  • SEKAI NO OWARI to be in charge of a set piece for 'The Nationwide Contest of Music'

    October 15, 2014 @ 2:52 am

    SEKAI NO OWARI will be in charge of the set piece for the junior high school division of 'The 82nd Nationwide Contest of Music sponsored by NHK' scheduled to be held in 2015. Artists such as Yuzu and YUI have provided songs for the contest in the past. To coincide with 70 years after the war, the contest will be held with the theme "Peace♪" so that "each and every person will think about peace through singing."  SEKAI NO OWARI will be in charge

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  • Yoshitaka Yuriko and Arashi to host this year's 'Kohaku Uta Gassen'

    October 11, 2014 @ 1:43 am

    On October 10, NHK made an official announcement that actress Yoshitaka Yuriko and popular group Arashi will host 'The 65th NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen'. Arashi will host the white team for the 5th consecutive year, while Yoshitaka will make her debut as the host for the red team. In addition, announcer Udo Yumiko will be the general host. Yoshitaka played the lead in this year's NHK morning drama

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  • Air time for this year's 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' confirmed

    September 5, 2014 @ 11:10 pm

    The air time for NHK's annual year-end music show 'The 65th NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen' has been confirmed. NHK will air this year's 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' from 7:15 pm to 11:45 pm. This will be the 4th consecutive year that the show will broadcast for 4.5 hours.  Last year's 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' was hosted by Arashi (white team) and Ayase Haruka (red team). It drew attention with the announcement of Kitajima Saburo's graduation from 'Kohaku', as well as

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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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  • Igawa Haruka to star in a new drama about forbidden love written by Oishi Shizuka

    July 7, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    On July 7th, it was announced that actress Igawa Haruka will be starring in a new NHK drama written by Oishi Shizuka, who is best known for her intense romantic drama 'Second Virgin'. This will be Igawa's first starring role in a NHK drama and her first drama engagement since giving birth to her second child in July last year.The new drama is titled 'Glass no Kazoku' (lit. 'Glass Family') and depicts the forbidden love between a woman and her ste

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  • AKB48 to form 'Team BS' for NHK BS campaign

    March 14, 2013 @ 6:51 am

    It's been revealed that the members of AKB48 will be forming a 'Team BS' on March 20th as a part of NHK BS' upcoming campaign. The campaign will have the catch phrase, "Anata wa Dare Oshi? Watashi wa BS Oshi!" ("Who do you support? I support BS!"). As the face of this campaign, 10 popular members from AKB48 and their sister groups were chosen to become 'Team BS'. The members include AKB48's Oshima Yuko, Watanabe Mayu, Takahashi Minami, and

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  • More cast members for NHK's upcoming morning drama "Gochisousan" announced

    February 19, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

    On February 18, a press conference to announce the main cast members for NHK's upcoming fall morning drama "Gochisousan" starring Anne, was held at the NHK Osaka Broadcasting Station. As reported earlier, the theme of the drama will be "food", and it will follow a life of the heroine "Uno Meiko" (played by Anne), a gluttonous girl who was born as the daughter of a family that runs a Western-style restaurant in Tokyo. Meiko later marries a

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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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  • Arashi and Horikita Maki appear at the rehearsal for Kohaku

    December 29, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

    On December 29th, a public rehearsal for the upcoming "The 63rd NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen" was held at NHK Hall. The host for the white team, Arashi and the host for the red team, Horikita Maki attended the press conference. Horikita spoke her mind by stating, "After attending the rehearsal, I began to see the full picture of this year's Kohaku, and it heightens the tension. Though my tense feeling is bigger at this moment, I would like to put

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