There is only one more episodes of the 53rd Taiga drama, Strategist Kanbe, remaining. We will air the final episode on Tuesday, January 27th, with a retelecast on Sunday, February 1st.

The next (54th) Taiga drama is titled Hana Moyu, which literally translates to “burning flower”. It is presumed that the burning flower this title refers to is Fumi Sugi, a woman who was part of the Choshu clan from Satsuma Prefecture.

Fumi was a somewhat obscure, behind-the-scenes figure in the Meiji Restoration era. She was the younger sister of Shoin Yoshida, who was a well known educator and activist who helped spur the Meiji Restoriation. Fumi was a strong supporter of her brother, and after he was imprisoned and executed, she continued to influence others to support Shoin’s teachings and philosophies.

Although Fumi was not well-known, her contributions did make a difference to modern day Japan; many of Japan’s future leaders emerged from the Choshu domain, and this can be attributed to her strong spirit and determination behind the scenes. She was truly a burning flower.

Hana moyu begins with a 1-1/2 hour episode on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015, at 8pm.

Ja, ne!


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3 Responses to The Next Taiga Drama

  1. Steve Hall says:

    Sorry to point out, you may want to make a correction, the Choushuu domain was in modern day Yamaguchi Prefecture, on the Honshuu side of the Shimonoseki Straight. As was often portrayed in the 52nd Taiga drama, Yae no Sakura, Satsuma and Choushuu Clans often clashed as rivals.

  2. John wo says:

    I left for the mainland on 1/26/15 & returned 2/5/15. I taped Strategist Kanbe but soon discovered that the electric power in my area went out, result, no taping of this final episode, missed it. Will there be a repeat show of that last episode or is there another way I can view it?

    • Phyllis Kihara says:

      So sorry your power went out and you missed the final episode of Strategist Kanbe. Unfortunately, we will not be re-airing it. You might try checking Japanese drama websites to see if this is available online since KIKU is not able to provide another airing.

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