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J-pop duo Yoasobi performed its 2023-defining hit, “Idol," during the 74th edition of NHK’s “Kohaku Uta Gassen,” giving the show its best moment — and drawing anger from netizens.
CULTURE / Sound Off
Jan 12, 2024
Yoasobi delivered the standout moment of ‘Kohaku.’ Why did some music fans hate it?
The J-pop duo brought artists from J-pop and K-pop together on stage for the night's best performance, but it didn’t take long for negative voices to emerge on social media.
Acts represented by the talent agency formerly known as Johnny & Associates have not been included in this year’s lineup for “Kohaku Uta Gassen,” public broadcaster NHK’s annual New Year’s Eve musical show.
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Nov 13, 2023
NHK ditches Johnny's acts for year-end musical bonanza
For the first time in 44 years, performers represented by the beleaguered talent agency will not appear on "Kohaku Uta Gassen."
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Nov 16, 2022
The return of K-pop and a cartoon cameo dot this year's 'Kohaku' lineup
The 73rd edition of NHK's annual musical extravaganza will see domestic acts such as Ryokuoushoku Shakai, Aimer, Be:First and JO1, as well as South Korean groups, take the stage.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Jan 2, 2022
Ratings for NHK's year-end 'Kohaku' music show hit record low
Once a colossally popular year-end event among the public after NHK began airing it in the 1950s, the ratings are the lowest since records began in 1962.
Japan Times
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Dec 30, 2021
New Year's TV sees us spoiled for choice
Japanese broadcast television's slate of new year programming features star-studded blowouts that offer the perfect dose of moderately entertaining content as we head into 2022.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Dec 26, 2021
COVID-safe ways to ring in the new year in Japan
With infection rates nationwide dwindling, many are thinking of returning to more traditional celebrations as the year winds down to a close.
Japan Times
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Nov 19, 2021
Yoasobi, NiziU, BiSH and KAT-TUN to sing in the new year on 'Kohaku Uta Gassen'
According to NHK's official site, this year's theme is “Colorful” to represent the program's mission to bring “color” to the lives of people during COVID-19 and highlight Japan's diversity.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Nov 17, 2020
NiziU and Babymetal to perform for first time on NHK's 'Kohaku' music show
The popular New Year's Eve extravaganza will be held without an audience for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Jan 11, 2020
New year medley
'I think medleys should be banned from 'I think medleys should be banned from 'Kohaku (Uta Gassen).').''
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film / Wide Angle
Jan 10, 2020
NHK raises the dead for 'Kohaku' to mixed reviews
After NHK brought deceased enka singer Hibari Misora back to the 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' stage, reaction from viewers was mixed.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Jan 3, 2020
NHK's annual 'Kohaku' music show sees ratings fall to record low
NHK's "Kohaku" song festival on New Year's Eve saw its viewer share fall to a record low despite special appearances by stars including comedian Takeshi Kitano and American rock band Kiss, a survey by a TV research firm showed Thursday.
Japan Times
CULTURE / TV & Streaming / Wide Angle
Dec 27, 2019
Pucker up for this year's 'Kohaku,' and brace yourself for a kiss to remember
NHK's 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' New Year's Eve television song contest is embracing something a little different this year, with an international metal crossover act.
Japan Times
Dec 13, 2019
Sending Japan's 'Paprika' out to the world
The biggest Japanese children's song of recent years gets an official English translation, in the hope of boosting diversity and interest in the language.
Japan Times
Nov 15, 2019
Da Pump, Arashi, Twice among lineup for 70th 'Kohaku Uta Gassen' music show
Alongside perennials will be acts making their first appearances on the music battle show, such as Foorin, King Gnu and Kis-My-Ft2
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Nov 14, 2018
NHK unveils lineup for year-end music show — without K-pop group BTS
Public broadcaster NHK announced Wednesday the lineup for its annual New Year's Eve music extravaganza, but K-pop group BTS — under fire recently for a controversial T-shirt worn by one of its members — was not included.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Jan 6, 2018
Blackface, suicide and celebrity abuse: Welcome to 2018!
We're one week into 2018 and it seems Japan has an image problem.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music / Sound Off
Dec 28, 2017
Namie Amuro saves 'Kohaku' ... for now
The weekly Shukan Bunshun released a survey in early November highlighting the acts its readers wanted to see perform on NHK's yearend "Kohaku Uta Gassen" music program. They chose Namie Amuro as the artist they wanted to see the most, likely because she announced her plans to retire from the entertainment...
Japan Times
Nov 16, 2017
Twice and Daichi Miura among 10 debuts at this year's 'Kohaku'
Pop outfits Little Glee Monster, Hey! Say! Jump and Twice will grace the stage for the first time at this year's "Kohaku Uta Gassen," with NHK appearing to court new viewers for its annual end-of-year musical extravaganza.
Japan Times
Dec 24, 2016
SMAP shuns NHK 'Kohaku' request, opts for signature variety show for band's final appearance
SMAP turns down a request to appear on NHK's famous year-end music program, opting instead for their signature variety show to be their final appearance before breaking up.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media
Jan 2, 2016
NHK sees ratings for 'Kohaku' music show sink to lowest ever
Ratings for “Kohaku Uta Gassen” (“Red and White Song Battle”) skid to just 39.2 percent on New Year's Eve — the lowest in the year-end music extravaganza's history.


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As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals