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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Kohaku Uta Gassen 2015

Kohaku Uta GassenThis year's Kohaku Uta Gassen is the 66th installment of this long-running  New Year's Eve institution, which is 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.

This year's Kohaku will have a Star Wars theme as "boy" band Arashi will perform with an assorted of characters from the hit movie.

The White (men's) team is led by V6 singer while Haruka Ayase "captains" the Red (women's) team. Veteran Akiko Wada will making her 39th appearance for the Red team while there are debuts for Nogizaka46, Rebecca, Sakurako Ohara, Superfly and μ's (from Love Live!). For the White team SMAP are making their 23rd appearance but trail Shinichi Mori with 48 and Hiroshi Itsuki with 45 appearances!

Kohaku will air on December 31 2015 from 7:15 pm to 11:45 pm on both NHK TV and radio. The venue is NHK Hall in Tokyo's Shibuya district.

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