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J-Movie: おらが春 (Oragaharu: Issa, Kobayashi)


This three-part drama is showing on KXLA Sunday nights from 7:00p-8:00p (01/02, 01/09, 01/16 only), and is a docu-drama on the life of Issa, Kobayashi (1763-1827 C.E.), considered one of the great haiku poets of Japan. Originally named Kobayashi Nobuyki and also called Kobayashi Yataro (Yataro is used in Episode I).


Oragaharu - Part I

Once again, a program that I thought might not interest me has unexpectedly opened a new and alluring vista into another world.

The title role is played by a prominent character actor of immense talent, one of my favorites, Toshiyuki Nishida. (In the mini-series Kawa itsuka umi e (A River, Flowing Back to the Ocean), this actor played opposite Watanabe, Ken in Episode 2, as the businessman guest who was being squeezed out of his corporate position, wanting only to peacefully take his hot baths at the Inn without Watanabe breathing down his neck at all times.) As usual, this actor is outstanding in his performance.

This is a docu-drama of Issa‛s life beginning with childhood experiences then jumping suddenly to his adulthood as he returns from Edo to his dying father in the countryside. Yataro describes his mother in one scene with the harsh (yet accurate) term "harridan." She is portrayed in this series as a truly frightening, abusive, and uncaring woman. Yataro, however, has returned as a full-grown man who does not suffer or waver from fear of his mother. He is there as champion of his dying, neglected father.

Most delightfully (if a haiku or poetry fan), Yataro is shown creating, or reading, an occasional haiku, while it is superimposed on the screen in Japanese characters.

Official Asashi Homecast (KXLA) site here. For more detailed information on Issa, Kobayashi, I enjoyed this site.




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[Originally posted on Dec 5]

This 2002 NHK movie, presumably based on haiku poet Kobayashi Issa's journal of the same name, will be shown by AHC on KXLA on Sundays at 7pm in three parts from January 2–16.

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[Originally posted by Hiroshi66 on Dec 6]

Yeah, I saw the preview for this too. So basically we don't have any normal J-doramas for a while.. =(

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Ccwf.. you're embaressing me!! emoticon

Perhaps I used the wrong word.. it made it seem like this show was abnormal.. LOL.. I actually meant we don't have any "official" J-doramas for a while.. basically all the shows airing aren't weekly or morning dramas (well - except Shinsengumi and Aozora) but rather mini-series (like Ryuuten no Ouhi) and/or movies (like this one).
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I finally watched the concluding episode yesterday. A strange little production, yet one by which I was never bored. Very low-key, quiet sort of biographical sketch. I felt as though I were simply there, having effortlessly stepped into the everyday life and affairs of another person, in another century, in another lifetime.

The difficulty, hardship, and painful experiences were so understated, yet poignantly depicted. The memorial tomb of his son. Then a smaller one appearing alongside--that of his tiny daughter. Then a third. And a fourth.

Yet, how could it be any different? When every moment is needed to produce food, to take care of the daily necessities in such an era, there is no time to be wasted on what has been lost. You simply must go forward. (Reminds me of the Plains settlers. Life so hard that energy could not be wasted on emotional indulgences.)

Though I found the English translation of his writings in this production to be woefully incomprehensible at times, still there were life lessons I learned from this man. Seemingly small things. Deceptively profound. Haiku.
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I saw the second episode of this show - and it was an interesting piece. I was captivated with the second episode, while the movie prior to this didn't really "captivate" me so.
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J-Movie: おらが春 (Oragaharu: Issa, Kobayashi) Pt 1


xml:langja-JP正月時代劇
New Year time's drama (?)
Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image
xml:langja-JP我ときて 遊べや親の ない雀
Why don't you play with me?
Come on, orphan sparrow.

xml:langja-JPやせ蛙 まけるな一茶 これにあり
Hang on, skinny frog!
Issa is on your side.

xml:langja-JP露の世の 露の中にて 喧嘩かな
The world is a bubble,
which contains smaller bubble
containing quarrel

xml:langja-JP父ありて あけぼの見たし 青田原
Only if having my father alive,
I'd enjoy viewing the green fields


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For some reason, after I compare Issa's poetry to Basho, I can relate to Issa's more than Basho. Didn't Basho write in the beginning of the Edo period?
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