NHK’s “Kohaku Uta Gassen”


When: 31/12/15: 7:15 pm - 11:45 pm

OK, this one’s not so much an event as it is a television program, but given it’s long history and the fact that it’s synonymous with New Year’s Eve, it would be remiss of us not to include it.

The popular New Year’s Eve program “Kohaku Uta Gassen” (Red and White Song Contest) is being held for the 66th time this year, with the theme “That’s Japan. That’s Kohaku.”

UNICEF goodwill envoy Tetsuko Kuroyanagi (aged 82) is this year’s event MC. Impressively, his first appearance on the show was 57 years ago.

Notable appearances for the Red (female contestants) Team will be AKB48, Seiko Matsuda, Akiko Wada, Sayuri Ishikawa, Superfly and Sachiko Kobayashi.

For the White (male contestants) Team, X Japan and Masahiko Kondo both return after almost 20 years. Other performers include veterans Shinichi Mori, Hiroshi Istuki and Takeshi Hosokawa, SMAP, Golden Bomber, Tokio and Exile.

NHK’s “Kohaku Uta Gassen”

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