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30 septembre 2011 5 30 /09 /septembre /2011 04:30

Voici un extrait d’un article du Daily Yomiuri d’aujourd’hui :

TELEVIEWS / Wake up to Osaka Pref. again with morning serial 'Carnation'

Wm. Penn / Daily Yomiuri Columnist

It's time to pack our bags and head back to Osaka Prefecture.

(…) NHK morning serial fans will spend the autumn/winter season in Kishiwada, Osaka Prefecture. The city, home of the famed Danjiri Matsuri festival, will serve as the setting for the new series Carnation (starting Monday, weekdays, 8 a.m.-8:15 a.m., repeated at 12:45 p.m. on NHK-G and aired at 7:30 a.m. on BS Premium).

It's surprising that the morning serial is returning to the prefecture so soon. Viewers were just there six months ago vicariously nibbling okonomiyaki pancakes in the Teppan restaurant; but, this time, it is fashion that's on the menu. Machiko Ono plays Itoko Ohara. The character is based on the life of fashion designer Ayako Koshino, whose three daughters--Junko, Hiroko and Michiko--all went on to create their own fashion lines and compete on a worldwide stage.

Carnation traces the roots of the family's dynamism and their mother's struggle to establish a career and raise her children after her husband dies in World War II.

The story opens in 1924. Itoko, the young daughter of a tailor, is fascinated by the exciting and sometimes deadly Danjiri Matsuri. Held each autumn, the festival features a parade of huge wooden shrine floats. They each weigh several tons, but that does not dampen the enthusiasm of the participants who push and pull them through the city streets. They maneuver the floats through an obstacle course of narrow roadways, sharp corners and overhanging power lines while a few fearless fellows dance atop the floats.

Itoko bemoans that as a woman she is not allowed to participate in the festival and is determined to fight back by pursuing a career in a field that allows her freedom and is not dominated by men. She adopts the sewing machine as her means of liberation. By age 20, she has already established her own dress shop.

A successful morning serial is always a boon to the local economy. The 2010 "asadora" hit Gegege no Nyobo did wonders for Shigeru Mizuki's hometown Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture. Kishiwada is already poised to take advantage of the potential Carnation boom. Their Web page (www.city.kishiwada.osaka.jp/site/carnation) features a growing list of souvenir products--everything from Koshino cookies and Danjiri Matsuri flutes to local pickles and Japanese sweets, shaped like Danjiri floats, of course. The site also features a detailed tourist map marking spots associated with the drama and the Koshino family.


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