A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

Taiko Tricks

There will be a TV show on tomorrow (January 1) called “The 44th New Years Parlour Tricks Competition 2007” in which two teams will compete in a taiko tournament. The teams are WaT and Ungirls (アンガールズ), which I assume are comedy teams (I don’t watch a lot of TV, so I’m just guessing here). Apparently the teams are given one month to practice a taiko routine that usually takes 3 years to learn. You can see the results on Fuji Terebi (Ch 8) from 6pm to 8:54pm (174 minutes).

And, if you read this on the day it was published (New Year’s Eve), you might want to watch Kouhaku Uta Gassen (紅白歌合戦), the traditional show that everyone (or maybe just older people these days?) watches on December 31. You can read more about this show on Wikipedia. The show will air from 7:20pm to 11:45pm on NHK (Ch 1).

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