NHK, Japan’s national broadcaster, gave the long-awaited announcement for their 66th annual NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen, to be broadcast on New Year’s Eve.

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The theme of this year’s Kouhaku is ザッツ、日本!ザッツ、紅白!(That’s Nippon! That’s Kouhaku!), entrenching the Japanese spirit of togetherness regardless of hardship, through tears and joy, and embracing their dreams, showing the world the new heart of Japan, 70 years down the road from the unforgettable memories of WW2, as seen in the symbol created especially by veteran actor Tanabe Seiichi (田辺誠一), with the birds symbolising the Japanese people flying high with the rising sun, with Mount Fuji in the backdrop.

The main draw of course, are always the performers in the Kouhaku itself. Along with the usual ensemble cast of Enka singers and pop stars, new faces are constantly introduced to keep with the times.

This year, the biggest news is undoubtedly the announcement of idol group “μ’s” from Love Live! School Idol Project.

According to Oricon, all nine members will appear during the show.

The other big news include the first official appearance of idol supergroup Nogizaka46; Rock band レベッカ(Rebecca) appearing on the show for the first time after their reformation; veteran band Superfly also getting a Kouhaku debut; and male band BUMP OF CHICKEN finally performing after many long years of calls from fans.

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The other big news is of the famous “LAST BOSS”, Kobayashi Sachiko, best known for her outrageous costumes when performing on shows. She returns to the fold after 4 years in a special segment, and the organisers have promised yet another one of her super glamourous costumes for this year’s performance!

 

 

 

For a full list of performing artistes, check NHK’s official link at http://www.nhk.or.jp/kouhaku/artists/.

For the latest news on this year’s Kouhaku Uta Gassen, you can always check out the official twitter at https://twitter.com/nhk_kouhaku.

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