With just over a month remaining in 2010, Japanese eyes are beginning to turn towards the annual "Kohaku Uta Gassen" New Year's Eve television extravaganza.
Unlike the West, New Year's Eve in Japan is a fairly quiet night. Many families stay in and watch Kohaku, which literally means "Red White."
In short, the program is a singing "battle." The great and not so great, talented and not so talented from Japan's music world are divided into Red (female) and White (male) teams. A panel of almost as famous judges evaluates each act, and then just prior to the tolling of the temple bells to ring in the new year one team is declared the winner.
In recent years, the men have been very strong.
The list of guests on the NHK program was recently announced.
Here is the 2010 lineup:
DREAMS COME TRUE
FUNKY MONKEY BABYS
L'Arc en Ciel
The big surprise was the exclusion of Kenichi Mikawa, who is a man, pictured above.
On the women's side two stalwarts, Kyoto's Kumi Koda and veteran Akiko Wada, will attempt to defeat the men.
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Thursday, November 25, 2010