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Imo Tako Nankin

Imo Tako Nankin

Imo Tako Nankin is a Japanese TV drama series. The 75th NHK Asadora is Imo Tako Nankin. The series takes place in 1962 Osaka. Hanaoka Machiko, 37, is single and works at a hardware store in Osaka City while doing literary work. One day, she falls ill due to overwork and falls in love with Tokunaga Kenjiro, the doctor who examines her. Kenjiro and Machiko marry. But Kenjiro, who lost his first wife to illness, lives not just with his five children, but his brother, sister, and parents. In a comical and heart-warming way, the drama depicts Machiko’s struggle with the new family while pursuing her career as a novelist.

Title: 芋たこなんきん / Imo Tako Nankin
Genre: Family drama
Episodes: 151 (15 mins. each)
Broadcast network: NHK
Broadcast period: 2006-Oct-02 to 2007-Mar-31
Air time: Monday thru Saturday at 08:15
Theme song: Hitori Yori Futari by Fayray

Hanaoka (花岡) Family
Fujiyama Naomi as Hanaoka Machiko (heroine, age 37)
Yamazaki Nana (山崎奈々) at 10 years
Odaka Anna at 15 years
Johjima Shigeru as Hanaoka Tokiuchi (father)
Kagawa Kyoko as Hanaoka Kazuyo (mother, age 60)
Suzuki Anju at 33 years
Mei Satsuki (メイサツキ) as Hanaoka Takako (sister, age 34)
Nakayama Momo (中山桃) at 7 years
Nakamura Ai (中村愛) at 12 years
Yamazaki Nana (山崎奈々) as Kitamura Yoshimi (niece)
Nishi Koichiro (西興一朗) as Hanaoka Shinobu (younger brother)
Kishibe Ittoku as Hanaoka Tunetaro (grandfather)
Miyata Keiko (宮田圭子) as Hanaoka Ito (grandmother)
Awashima Chikage as Hanaoka Ume (great-grandmother)
Nishikawa Tadashi (西川忠志) as Hanaoka Shigeru (uncle)
Masuda Miya as Hanaoka Fumiyo (aunt)
Ono Machiko (尾野真千子) as Hanaoka Masae (aunt)
Miyazaki Masaru (宮﨑将) as Shinji (second older brother)

Tokunaga (徳永) Family
Kunimura Jun as Tokunaga Kenjiro (Machiko’s husband, age 41)
Nagai Tatsuki as a boy
Kojima Keishiro (小島慶四郎) as Tokunaga Kihachiro (Kenjiro’s father)
Iwamoto Masuyo as Tokunaga Ishi (Kenjiro’s mother)
Hino Shouhei as Tokunaga Shoichi (Kenjiro’s oldest brother – 1965)
Nagae Ryoma as a boy
Tabata Tomoko as Tokunaga Haruko (Kenjiro’s youngest sister)
Mura Nomia (邑野みあ) as Tokunaga Yuriko (Kenjiro’s oldest daugther, age 17)
Toki Akari (土岐明里) at age 11
Mura Nomia (邑野みあ) in 1991
小椋悠聖 as Tokunaga Kiyoshi (Kenjiro’s oldest son, age 10)
Enokida Takato (榎田貴斗) in 1970
Onoe Hiroyuki (尾上寛之) in 1991
Jinbo Mamoru (神保守) as Tokunaga Noboru (Kenjiro’s son, age 8)
Nagasawa Tsubasa (長澤翼) in 1970
Sugiura Takao (杉浦太雄) in 1991
土井洋輝 as Tokunaga Takashi (Kenjiro’s son, age 6)
中村孔哉 in 1970
平手嶺佑 in 1991
畑未夢 as Tokunaga Aki (Kenjiro’s youngest daugther, age 2)
鍋本帆乃香 in 1970
Terada Yuki (寺田有希) in 1991
Kawano Shoku (川野彰子) as Fujiki Sumiko (Kenjiro’s wife before she died)
Nakai Kayo (中井佳代) in the photograph
Nakamura Yasuhi (中村靖日) as Seiji (Yuriko’s husband)
Yamaguchi Tomomitsu as Tojo Shogo (Haruko’s husband)

Yamashita Tetsuo as Kameda (photographer at the Hanaoka photo studio)
Niwa Tsutomu (にわつとむ) as Urata (photographer at the Hanaoka photo studio)
Ishida Ayumi as Yagisawa Junko (Machiko’s secretary)
Matsumoto Kouta (松本康太) as Hirai Futoshi (employee at the Sasaki store)
Nishikawa Akihiro (西川晃啓) as Shimano Tameo (employee at the Sasaki store)
Tomochika as Kanda Misuzu (Michiko’s friend)
Konishi Miho as Katahira Taiko (Nurse at Dr. Tokunaga’s office)
Sakuragi Kenichi (櫻木健一) as Osaki Shunpei (movie theater owner)
Seto Catherine (瀬戸カトリーヌ) as Osaki Sawako (Shunpei’s wife)
Ishida Taro as Kazumasa (head priest at the temple)
Araya Shimizu (荒谷清水) as Kudo Sadao (owner of Sadao liquir store)
Katsura Ayame (桂あやめ) as Kudo Tae (wife of Sadao)
Edith Hanson (イーデス・ハンソン) as Rin (landlady)
Hayashi Asuka (林明日香) as Chiharu (anti-war singer)
Tsutsui Yasutaka as Chiba Ryutaro (Machiko’s senior)
Itao Itsuji (板尾創路) as Ikeuchi Kozo (literary school teacher)

Onishi Yuka (大西結花) as Terada Kisha
Oji Megumi as Tsuruko (hostess)
Fujimura Shunji as Arita-san
Imamura Keiko as Arita Yuko (wife of Arita-san)
Nishioka Keiko as Kondo Nui (Tokunaga family housekeeper)
Aika Mire as Furushiro Ayame (actress)

Narrator: Sumita Koichi (住田功一)
Original writing: Tanabe Seiko (田辺聖子)
Scenario: Osagawa Chikako (長川千佳子)

Website: http://www.nhk.or.jp/asadora/

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