As mentioned in yesterday’s blog, on December 31st 2017 we had the yearly ‘Kohaku’ .
The Kohaku Uta Gassen, often simply referred to as The Kohaku – the title of the show means ‘Red and White Song Battle’ – is the most watched TV programme at New Year; akin to the Queen’s Speech, or Times Square New York countdown of New Year in Japan.
Ostensibly, it is the end of year music show complete with countdown to midnight and the new year. There will be notable celebrities, many famous Japanese singers and oftentimes some international star.
Watching The Kohaku is kind of a ritual. This year however, there was something especially worthy of note: it included a song by the famous singer Ken Hirai accompanied by the ballet dancer Koichi Omae who uses a prosthetic limb.