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November 05, 2012

2012 NHK Taiga Drama: "Taira no Kiyomori" November: Eps. 43 - Eps. 46


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NHK: "The historical drama for 2012 is the life story of "Taira no Kiyomori" who became Japan's first political leader from the samurai class, aiming to realize his vision to establish a trading nation in the late Heian Period, a time of confusion with the power struggles between the Imperial Family and the aristocrats."

Historical Drama "Taira no Kiyomori" Eps. 43

Nov 4 (Sun) 20:00-20:44
Nov 5 (Mon) 3:00-3:44
Nov 10 (Sat) 13:05-13:49

Narichika, who has been exiled by Kiyomori, dies from starvation. Shigemori becomes worn down by the passing of his brother-in-law and from the considerations shown for the cloistered Emperor Go-Shirakawa. Around the same time, Kiyomori learns of Tokuko's pregnancy and prays for the safe delivery of the baby. Tokuko finally gives birth to a boy, the son of Emperor Takakura, who later becomes known as Emperor Antoku. In Izu, Yoritomo and Masako are trying to get permission for their marriage from Masako's father Tokimasa.

Historical Drama "Taira no Kiyomori" Eps. 44

Nov 11 (Sun) 20:00-20:44
Nov 12 (Mon) 3:00-3:44
Nov 17 (Sat) 13:05-13:49

Shigemori, who has been suffering from anxiety of being caught between the cloistered Emperor Go-Shirakawa and Kiyomori, finally falls ill. After Kiyomori's daughter Moriko, who acted as the intermediary between the Fujiwara and Taira families, dies of illness, Go-Shirakawa plots to bring down the Taira family by joining hands with Motofusa. In the Taira family, Munemori (Shigemori's half brother) becomes the head of the family on behalf of Shigemori who has been sick. After the passing of Shigemori at the age of 42, Go-Shirakawa immediately confiscates Shigemori's territory, which provokes Kiyomori's anger.

Historical Drama "Taira no Kiyomori" Eps. 45

Nov 18 (Sun) 20:00-20:44
Nov 19 (Mon) 3:00-3:44
Nov 24 (Sat) 13:05-13:49

Kiyomori launches a coup d'etat by placing the cloistered Emperor Go-Shirakawa under confinement, and finally becomes the first samurai to seize control over the entire country. While Kiyomori manipulates the Imperial Court freely from Fukuhara, Prince Mochihito (Go-Shirakawa's son), who has been put in a miserable situation by Kiyomori, devises a plot to take up arms against the Taira family. Yoshitsune, the son of Yoshitomo and Tokiwa, is also gaining strength with Benkei, formerly named Oniwaka. On February 21, 1180, Prince Tokihito (Tokuko's son) ascends the throne from Emperor Takakura and becomes Emperor Antoku as Kiyomori hoped.

Historical Drama "Taira no Kiyomori" Eps. 46

Nov 25 (Sun) 20:00-20:44
Nov 26 (Mon) 3:00-3:44

Learning Prince Mochihito's plot, Kiyomori bursts in anger and captures Mochihito and his followers. While Kiyomori enforces the transfer of capital to Fukuhara for Emperor Antoku, Yoritomo finally rises up against the Taira family. Kiyomori has mixed feelings to learn of Yoritomo's move, but at the same time gets excited, thinking the time has finally come for the Taira and Minamoto families to fight for the summit over the nation's power. In September 1180, Kiyomori commands samurais across the country to defeat Yoritomo.


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"Taira no Kiyomori" Exhibition:
* Edo-Tokyo Museum: Jan 2 (Mon) 〜 Feb 5 (Sun), 2012 (English Site)
* Kobe City Museum, Feb. 25 〜 April 8
* Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, April 21 〜 June 3
* The Museum of Kyoto, June 16 〜 July 17

* 江戸東京博物館 2012年1月2日(月・祝)〜2月5日(日)
* 神戸市立博物館 2012年2月25日(土)〜4月8日(日)
* 広島県立美術館 2012年4月21日(土)〜6月3日(日)
* 京都府京都文化博物館 2012年6月16日(土)〜7月17日(火)

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