Whenever I stay in Japan, eventually I will turn on the TV set in the hotel room or the ryokan, where the set looks a bit out of place! I stayed for nine days in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, last May, and I was intrigued by what I saw on television.
The programming was produced by the BBC, not the British Broadcasting Corporation but actually The Biwako Broadcasting Company headquartered in Otsu. What caught my eye was a little radish girl named Hinona.
Hinona is part of the BBC's children's programming. I always watch kids' TV in Japan on the outside chance that I might understand a word here and there, but usually it doesn't happen. Instead, I have to pester my daughter Amanda with questions like "What kind of show is this? What are they saying?" But Hinona was singing a song and doing some mischievous things and I got what was happening - it made me laugh out loud. Here is the link to the animated sequence, my introduction to Hinona herself:
When I returned home to the USA I did a little bit of fan art and had a Hinona sticker made. I put it on the back window of my Honda Civic and there it is for all to see. I purchased some songs from Itunes. Someday I will learn how to sing "Somewhere in Shiga" when SOMEONE (ahem, Amanda) transcribes it for me in romaji.
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