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“Nandemo Kanteidan” on TV Tokyo and more

One of the most popular shows on television is the antique appraisal show “Nandemo Kanteidan,” where people have items they own appraised by experts. On Monday, Feb. 16, TV Tokyo will broadcast a special two-hour edition of “Kanteidan” at 9 p.m.

Usually, people have their items evaluated and then they leave. On this special program, guests will actually auction off their valuables to people who want to buy them. However, the rules are a little different from those at a normal auction.

The seller presents his item for consideration and discusses its history with the hosts. He or she has already set a minimum price for the item, but does not reveal it to the potential buyers or the audience. The appraisers also set a value for the item, and it is kept secret as well. The buyers then bid on the item. After the bids are finished, if the winning bid is above the lower value set by either the appraisers or the seller, the item goes to that bidder. If it is below, then the item goes back to the seller.

Among the items up for auction are Western antiques, china, movie and sports memorabilia, toys, paintings, and stamps.

Feb. 8 marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the Russo-Japanese War, which is considered the first step in Japan’s bid for East Asian supremacy, a bid that ended disastrously 40 years later. (For more details, see last Sunday’s feature special at www.japantimes.co.jp)

On Wednesday, NHK will present a special program, “Sono Toki Rekishi ga Ugoita (The Time When History Changed)” (NHK-G, 9:15 p.m.), which chronicles the details surrounding the Japanese landing on the Korean Peninsula on Feb. 8, 1904 and the subsequent declaration of war against Imperial Russia, which at the time was trying to advance its influence into eastern Asia. The program talks about the allied treaty between Japan and Britain, a country that previously did not ally itself with anyone.

The Academy Awards will take place in Hollywood on Feb. 29, but if you’re a sucker for awards ceremonies and can’t wait that long, the 27th Annual Japan Academy Awards will be broadcast live Feb. 20 (Nippon TV, 9 p.m.). A much less significant affair than its Los Angeles counterpart, the JAA show nevertheless copies as much as it can, including the long acceptance speeches. It may be the only time you will hear Japanese celebrities thank their families on air.

Last year’s show was uninteresting since every award was won by the samurai epic, “Tasogare Seibei,” which happens to be nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar this year. The main competitors for Best Film are Takeshi Kitano’s “Zatoichi,” which is Takeshi’s biggest box-office hit in Japan so far, and the police action flick “Odoru Daisosasen 2 (Bayside Shakedown),” which is the biggest box-office hit in Japanese movie history for a nonanimated film.