Vienna has always held a special fascination for the Japanese, who celebrate the New Year with Strauss waltzes and lieder as much as they do with mochi (rice cakes) and otoshidama (New Year gift money). A prime influence in this regard is the 1931 German movie “Der Kongress Tanzt” (Congress Dances), a lush musical that for the Japanese has defined Viennese culture to this day.

The movie was obviously the inspiration for the title of the two-hour TBS travel special “Geijutsu ga Odoru Miyako Wien” (Vienna, the Capital Where Art Dances; Tues., 7:55 p.m.). Actors Yoshino Kimura and Masaya Kikawada explore what the show’s producers call “the most comfortable city in the world.”

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