Matsuyama Kenichi passes the Taiga drama baton to Ayase Haruka
On December 20th, a gbaton touchh ceremony between the current NHK Taiga drama star and upcoming Taiga drama star, was held at NHK Broadcasting Center. Matsuyama Kenichi who is starring in ongoing Taiga drama gTaira no Kiyomorig, and Ayase Haruka who will star in next Taiga drama gYae no Sakurah attended the ceremony.
At the gpassing the batonh ceremony, the stars usually exchange presents, so Matsuyama gave Kobe beef while Ayase gave gOkiagari-Koboshih, a traditional doll from Aizu region of Fukushima prefecture. The gOkiagari-Koboshih dolls were painted by Ayase herself, and she revealed, gI painted them yesterday, and it took a while until 3 ofclock in the morning, but I forgot to paint their hair.h Matsuyama answered happily, but repressing his laughter, gBut, it is only one in the world.h
Matsuyama commented regarding the filming which took a year and 2 months, gAt first, I was so nervous to be the lead actor of the Taiga drama that has a long history. I was too nervous, so it caused me to restrict the range of my acting. It took me a while to get out of there.h Then Ayase who just begin filming in September, agreed him with, gYes. You get stiff when you are nervous. I was just wising that I could relax more, and enjoy the filming.h
As announced previously, the upcoming Taiga drama, gYae no Sakurah will depict the life of Niijima Yae, the wife of Niijima Jo who is the founder of Doshisha University, who strongly lived through that turbulent period. The script was written by Yamamoto Mutsumi, who was also in charge of the script for NHKfs morning drama gGegege no Nyobo.h
gYae no Sakurah will begin airing starting on January 6th after gTaira no Kiyomorih that will air its final episode on December 23rd.