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.