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Asa ga Kita [あさが来た]



Drama Details
Title:Asa ga Kita
あさが来た
Sunshiny Asa
Telecast:2015-09-28 to 2016-04-02
Season:Fall 2015



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TV Station:NHK
Duration:156 Episodes
Genre(s):Drama
Period drama

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Synopsis
Towards the end of the Edo era, in the town of Kyoto, there lived a wealthy merchant by the name of Imai Tadamasa. He was blessed with 3 children, Hatsu, Asa and Kyutaro. His eldest, Hatsu, was a traditional girl who loved to play the koto and sew. Whilst his second daughter, Asa, was an impish hoyden who loved sumo wrestling. Asa was engaged to be married to the second son of a distinguished family who ran a money changer business in Osaka, Shirooka Shinjiro. Although Asa was furious when she had first heard about the betrothal, when she met up with Shinjiro for the first time, his charisma greatly attracted her and she fell in love with him in no time.

After their marriage, at the cusp of the Meiji era, the Shirooka's found themselves in dire financial straits, as money changing was no longer a lucrative business anymore. Shinjiro deemed himself not suited to making money and devoted his time to playing the shamisen and pursuing other refined cultural activities. As they neared bankruptcy, Asa decided to turn to coal mining, as that is the much-needed commodity at that time. She set off to Kyushu by herself, to talk to the coal miners to talk about coal supply.

Meanwhile, Hatsu was also married to another prominent family of money changers in Osaka. Facing the same financial difficulties as the Shirooka's, Hatsu and her husband ran away in the middle of the night, disappearing without a word. One day, Asa bumped into her sister and tried to offer her financial help, but the young couple refused, as they wanted to rebuild their lives using their own capabilities...

The drama depicts the challenges faced by Asa, in a very much male dominated society, and how she overcomes them triumphantly. It also showcases the changes in the Japanese society as the Meiji Restoration slowly swept across the nation.
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Soundtrack and Theme Songs (1)
1. 365 Nichi no Kamihikouki 365日の紙飛行機 [AKB48]

Actor/Actress Cast (26)
Haru
波瑠
Imai Asa → Shirooka Asa
今井あさ → 白岡あさ
Miyazaki Aoi
宮アあおい
Imai Hatsu → Mayuyama Hatsu
今井はつ → 眉山はつ
Terajima Shinobu
寺島しのぶ
Imai Rie
今井梨江
Masu Takeshi
升毅
Imai Tadaoki
今井忠興
Hayashi Yoichi
林与一
Imai Tadamasa
今井忠政
Okitsu Shoutaro
興津正太郎
Imai Kyoutarou
今井久太郎
Tomochika
友近
Ume
うめ
Kyouhara Kaya
清原果耶
Fuyu
ふゆ
Tamaki Hiroshi
玉木宏
Shirooka Shinjirou
白岡新次郎
Kondo Masaomi
近藤正臣
Shirooka Shoukichi
白岡正吉
Fubuki Jun
風吹ジュン
Shirooka Yono
白岡よの
Kiuchi Yoshikazu
木内義一
Shirooka Shoutarou
白岡正太郎
Kiriyama Akito
桐山照史
Shirooka Eizaburou
白岡榮三郎
Yamauchi Takaya
山内圭哉
Gansuke
雁助
Miyake Hiroki
三宅弘城
Kisuke
亀助
Takeshita Kento
竹下健人
Yashichi
弥七
Kusumi Kaoru
楠見薫
Kano
かの
Emoto Tasuku
柄本佑
Mayuyama Soubee
眉山惣兵衛
Manda Hisako
萬田久子
Mayuyama Kiku
眉山菊
Tatsumi Takuro
辰巳琢郎
Mayuyama Eitatsu
眉山栄達
Nono Sumika
野々すみ花
Miwa
美和
Fujioka Dean
ディーン フジオカ
Godai Saisuke
五代才助
Kashiwabara Shuji
柏原収史
Ookubo Ichizou
大久保一蔵
Yamamoto Koji
山本耕史
Hijikata Toshizou
土方歳三
Shoufukutei Tsurube
笑福亭鶴瓶
Tamari Tomonobu
玉利友信
Kimura Yoshino
木村佳乃
Kuchida Soe
櫛田そえ
 

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Asa ga Kita [あさが来た] Chart
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Related Links (4)
1. Official Site
2. D-Addicts Wiki
3. Japan Wikipedia
4. AsianWiki

Comments From Users (1)
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1. Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 7/10]
Starting near the end of the Edo period and going thru the Meiji era, sort of a combination asadora/taiga (although I think Asa Shirooka is a fictional character). Haru was okay as Asa but most of the supporting cast was very good, especially Hiroshi Tamaki as goofy Shinjirou.