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Japan's national public broadcasting organization is called the NHK, which stands for Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai. NHK has two TV channels on the terrestrial TV and 2 satellite television services as well as several radio programs.

One of the best known shows by the broadcasting organization is the 'Kōhaku Uta Gassen' or the Red and White Show. And in this blog by Sakude sensei, she shares her's and the Japanese interest in this TV spectacle.

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Red and White Show








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Red and White Show

Do you have any special TV programs during the Year End/ New Year period in your countries ?

On the night of 'Omisoka' or December 31st at the end and start of the year one of the special programs we have is a TV program called 'Kōhaku Uta Gassen' or the Red and White Show. It is a long-lived program which has continued since 1951 and we have watched this 'Kōhaku Uta Gassen' or Red and White Show as a family since I was a kid.

The singers are divided into the red team for the female singers, and the white team for the male and they sing and give performances following a competition format. At the end of November, they announce the participating artists and hosts. The singers are chosen from those performers who have been active this year and the hosts are chosen from celebrities, actors or announcers who have been active this year. Popular singers who represent Japan and celebrities that are “in” this season participate so it has become a popular program on 'Omisoka' or December 31st .

Japanese people are really interested in the 'Kōhaku Uta Gassen' / Red and White show, so at this time it is a common topic in newspapers, magazines and on TV programs. If you get a chance, please watch it. You can hear music that has been popular this year in Japan.

大晦日(おおみそか)  new year's eve、december 31

年末年始(ねんまつねんし) period encompassing the close of the old year and the start of the New Year

長寿番組(ちょうじゅばんぐみ) long-lived program (on TV、radio、etc.)

形式(けいしき) style

下旬(げじゅん) the last ten days 《of a month》

旬(しゅん) the height of the season, the best season


Hajimemashite! I am Sakude Emi. I live in Osaka, Japan's second largest city, with my daughters, son and my Brazilian husband. My hobby is cooking, especially dishes from around the world.

My husband and I often talk about how much misunderstanding there is in the world between individuals and between nations. We feel it is these misunderstandings that block smooth human relations. I would like to do what I can to unravel these knots of misunderstanding.

If there is anything you'd like to ask me, even if it's not connected to learning Japanese, please feel free. Let's do our best together. Ganbarou

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