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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Kohaku Uta Gassen 2014

Kohaku Uta GassenKohaku is a New Year's Eve institution in Japan watched by millions of viewers across the nation.

Kohaku is a male-vs-female singing face-off between famous entertainers in Japan run by Japan's public broadcaster, NHK. "Ko" is the kanji for "red" and stands for the women; "haku" is for white and represents the men.

Begun as a radio program immediately after Japan's loss in World War II, Kohaku became a TV program as well in 1953 and has remained a staple of NHK's New Year programming every year.

This year, 2014, is Kohaku's 65th and 51 acts will be taking part. New acts include HKT48, an AKB48 clone from Hawks Town in Fukuoka, Hiroko Yakushimaru and May J.

From the women's team other acts will be E-girls, a choir-sized recycling of members - aged 13 to 26 - of several previous girl groups; NMB48, the over-the-top camp girl revue from Osaka; Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, watched more for her clothes than her singing talent, Akiko Wada, making her 38th appearance and veteran crooner Seiko Matsuda. Ayumi Hamasaki has made the brace decision to be absent this year after 15 consecutive years on the show.

The White (men's) team includes the ageless SMAP, Exile, American enka sensation Chris Hart, and Kiyoshi Hikawa. Debutants for the men are V6 and rockers Sekai on Owari.

Kohaku will air on December 31 2014 from 7:15 pm to 11:45 pm on both NHK TV and radio.

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