The quiz show “Wafu Sohonke” (“Total Main House for Japanese Style”; TV Tokyo, Mon., 8 p.m.) tests celebrity contestants’ knowledge of Japanese customs and traditions, many of which are arcane. On this week’s two-hour special, they narrow the focus to customs and traditions having to do with Japanese women, in particular takumashii (strong in both spirit and body) women.
The special follows women over the course of a single day. One of the subjects is a Buddhist nun, who has decided to cut all ties to the material world. She is shown waking up before dawn and taking part in ascetic religious training. There is also a profile of a 77-year-old woman who sells fish door-to- door from a cart that she pulls through the streets by herself, as well as a day in the life of a woman who runs a boarding house for students, and a look at the workaday world of a “charisma midwife.”