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December 03, 2012

2012 NHK Taiga Drama: "Taira no Kiyomori" December: Eps. 47 - Eps. 50


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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. 47

Dec 2 (Sun) 20:00-20:44
Dec 3 (Mon) 3:00-3:44
Dec 8 (Sat) 13:05-13:49

In 1180, Kiyomori commands his followers to defeat Yoritomo under the name of the former Emperor Takakura. Although Yoritomo loses the battle against the Taira forces at Mt. Ishibashi, he vows to realize Yoshitomo's long-cherished wish to build a true samurai-oriented country with the backing of powerful anti-Taira samurais. On October 20, the Taira forces led by Koremori (Shigemori's son) and the Minamoto forces led by Takeda Nobuyoshi stand face to face near Fuji River--the Battle of Fujikawa. The Taira forces, however, flee in fear from the battlefield, mistaking the sound of water birds for a surprise night attack by the Minamoto forces.

Historical Drama "Taira no Kiyomori" Eps. 48

Dec 9 (Sun) 20:00-20:44
Dec 10 (Mon) 3:00-3:44
Dec 15 (Sat) 13:05-13:49

After the loss in the Battle of Fujikawa, Kiyomori reluctantly gives in to Munemori's tearful appeal for restoring the capital to Kyoto. Learning Kiyomori's decision, Yoritomo no longer understands Kiyomori's thoughts toward a samurai-oriented country, and asks Benkei about Kiyomori's younger days. As he hears of Kiyomori's boldness and fearlessness, Yoritomo comes to realize that Kiyomori and Yoshitomo had the same ambition for the future as Yoritomo is now trying to achieve. Around the same time, the Taira forces accidentally burn down Todaiji Temple while trying to drive out the warrior monks.

Historical Drama "Taira no Kiyomori" Eps. 49

Dec 16 (Sun) 20:00-20:44
Dec 17 (Mon) 3:00-3:44
Dec 22 (Sat) 13:05-13:49

Early in the following year in 1181, ill feelings towards the Taira family spread across the country. Meanwhile, the former Emperor Takakura, who has been an anchor to Kiyomori, passes away at the age of 21. While Kiyomori is losing his power, the cloistered Emperor Go-Shirakawa again appears before Kiyomori and provokes him. In Kamakura, Yoritomo is establishing a new samurai-oriented political system together with his followers. Kiyomori is delighted to learn that Yoritomo is following in the footsteps of Yoshitomo and Kiyomori. Kiyomori tells Go-Shirakawa that the struggle for supremacy among samurais will be intensified from now on.

StarTwinkling Historical Drama "Taira no Kiyomori" Eps. 50 *FINAL*

Dec 23 (Sun) 20:00-20:44
Dec 24 (Mon) 3:00-3:44
Dec 29 (Sat) 12:15-12:59

Kiyomori is struck down by a febrile illness. Kiyomori appears before Saigyo, formerly named Norikiyo, as a wraith, and learns the meaning of his life through dialogue with Saigyo. In Kyoto, people rush to Kiyomori's bedside and bring up their concerns over their future. Kiyomori finally passes away. After the passing of Kiyomori, the fate of the Taira family takes a turn for the worse. Tokiko throws herself into the sea with Emperor Antoku in her arms, and the entire Taira family ends up being destroyed at Dannoura. At the bottom of the sea, Tokiko sees the members of the Taira family standing, including Kiyomori with a sword in his hand.


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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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