Asa ga Kita
|Asa ga Kita|
|Also known as|
|Written by||Mika Ōmori|
|Narrated by||Keiko Sugiura|
|Opening theme||"365 nichi no Kamihikouki" by AKB48|
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||156|
|Executive producer(s)||Motohiko Sano|
|Production location(s)||Osaka, Japan|
|Running time||15 minutes|
|Original release||September 28, 2015– April 2, 2016|
Asa ga Kita (あさが来た, Here Comes Asa!) is a Japanese television drama series which was broadcast by the 93rd Asadora (morning drama) six days a week on NHK between September 28, 2015 and April 2, 2016. It is based on the life of Asako Hirooka. It was followed by Toto Neechan on April 4.
Undaunted by Repeated Setbacks (weeks 1–13)
Asa is a naughty and curious daughter of a Kyoto merchant who wants to pursue studies in business, and is displeased with her father's arrangement for her marriage into the Shirooka merchant family in Osaka. However, her fiance Shinjirō gives her an abacus and encourages her to act on her own will, and her family agree to let her learn accounting.
Years later, Asa marries into the Shirooka family, and her in-laws allow her to study and work. Asa bravely stands up when the Shinsengumi force the family to lend them money, earning respect from them, her new family and its employees. Meanwhile, her older sister Hatsu has married into another family which strictly controls her.
In 1868, a financial crisis strikes. Asa helps her family survive by reassuring creditors and starting a new venture into coal mining. Hatsu's family goes bankrupt and are forced to hide from their creditors. With the help of Shinjirō, Asa finds them living in poverty; Hatsu has a boy after being abandoned by her husband. A samurai friend, Saisuke Godai (later Tomoatsu Godai), is able to find the husband and reunite the family.
Asa is pressured by her mother-in-law to have a child, and when Hatsu becomes pregnant again it is suggested that Shinjirō take a concubine. The couple struggles with the pressures and responsibilities before confessing their feelings and deciding to be faithful to each other.
Hatsu and her family leave to become tangerine farmers, on a plot of land in Wakayama provided by her father. Asa travels to the coal mine in Kyushu to attend to the business and discovers that she is pregnant. Shinjirō escorts her back to Osaka where she has a girl, Chiyo. There is sabotage at the coal mine by a worker who had been Shinjirō's childhood friend, seeking revenge for his family falling into poverty after Shinjirō's family refused to support them. Shinjirō withdraws further from the Shirooka business, giving power to Asa.
In 1878, Godai invites Asa to Tokyo to witness its advanced development; her parents and younger brother return from overseas. Godai introduces Asa to notable figures, including his friend Ōkubo Toshimichi. Later, after Ōkubo is assassinated, Asa comforts Godai who swears to finish his friend's dreams.
The Soft Heart (weeks 14–26)
This section needs an improved plot summary. (July 2017)
The servant Fuyu confesses her love for Shinjirō and willingness to be his concubine (as had previously been discussed) but is rejected. The man her father intended her to marry sees them together, and declines the arrangement. Kisuke, a Shirooka business manager who has loved Fuyu for a long time, proposes to her. Fuyu is touched and accepts, and the couple later go to the coal mine to monitor the workers for Asa.
Shinjirō's younger brother Eizaburō marries Sachi. Asa wants to reorganize the family business as a bank, which frustrates Eizaburō and head manager Gansuke as Asa gains control of the business.
Inn hostess Miwa provides a place for business people to socialise, and starts to serve foreign food. Shinjirō begins managing social affairs for Osaka business people, finding an important role to support Asa in the family business. At this time, Chiyo becomes discontented with her workaholic mother. In 1885, Godai dies in poor health, exhausted due to his devotion to the development of Japan.
Hatsu's first son, Ainosuke, begs to work in the Shirooka family business, and he is welcomed as part of the family. By 1891, the family's comprehensive shop for goods transactions and their investments in the textile industry have gained profit. Eizaburō has a daughter and moves his family to a separate residence. Chiyo becomes more displeased with her busy mother and fonder of her gentle aunt Hatsu.
Later, Asa decides to hire female staff for the bank, to give young girls a chance to work. Izumi Narusawa seeks Asa's help to create a women's university, and Asa begins to drum up support from notable people.
(to be added)
- Shirooka family
- Haru as Asa
- Rio Suzuki as childhood Asa
- Hiroshi Tamaki as Shinjirō, Asa's husband
- Masaomi Kondō as Shōkichi, Shinjirō's father
- Jun Fubuki as Yono, Shinjirō's mother
- Fuka Koshiba as Chiyo, Asa's daughter
- Rio Suzuki as childhood Chiyo
- Yoshikazu Kiuchi as Shōtarō, Shinjirō's older brother
- Akito Kiriyama as Eizaburō, Shinjirō's younger brother
- Miyu Yagyū as Sachi, Eizaburō's wife
- Asuka Kudō as Keisuke, Chiyo's husband
- Shirooka family's employees
- Takaya Yamauchi as Gansuke
- Hiroki Miyake as Kisuke
- Tomochika as Ume, Asa's dowry maid
- Kaya Kiyohara as Fuyu, Hatsu's dowry maid and her daughter Natsu
- Shigeo Tsujimoto as Heijūrō Yamazaki, the elite employee of the company
- Mayuyama family
- Aoi Miyazaki as Hatsu, Asa's older sister
- Manase Moridono as young Hatsu
- Tasuku Emoto as Sōbei, Hatsu's husband
- Takurō Tatsumi as Eitatsu, Sōbei's father
- Hisako Manda as Kiku, Sōbei's mother
- Daichi Morishita as Ainosuke, Hatsu's elder son
- Daigo Nishihata as Yōnosuke, Hatsu's younger son
- Reemi Terashimo as Setsu, Yōnosuke's wife
- Imai family
- Shinobu Terajima as Rie, Asa's mother
- Takeshi Masu as Tadaoki, Asa's father
- Yoichi Hayashi as Tadamasa, Asa's paternal grandfather
- Shōtarō Okitsu as Kyūtarō/Tadatsugu, Asa's younger brother
- Tokiko Satō as Towa, Tadatsugu's wife
- Coal miners
- Ginnojō Yamazaki as Jirosaku
- Yasuko Tomita as Kazu, Jirosaku's wife
- Zen Kajiwara as Genkichi Miyabe, coal mine manager
- Keishi Nagatsuka as Satoshi/Matsuzō, Shinjirō's childhood friend
- Historical figures
- Dean Fujioka as Tomoatsu Godai
- Shuji Kashiwabara as Toshimichi Ōkubo, one of the three great nobles
- Koji Yamamoto as Toshizō Hijikata, deputy leader of the Shinsengumi
- Tetsuya Takeda as Yukichi Fukuzawa, the founder of Keio University
- Yūji Miyake as Eiichi Shibusawa, the "father of Japanese capitalism"
- Hideki Takahashi as Shigenobu Ōkuma, the founder of Waseda University
- Keiko Matsuzaka as Ayako Ōkuma, Shigenobu's wife
- Yuko Oshima as Raicho Hiratsuka, feminist
- Shōfukutei Tsurube II as Tomonobu Tamari
- Yoshino Kimura as Soe Kushida
- Kōji Seto as Izumi Narusawa
- Sumika Nono as Miwa, Shinjirō's shamisen teacher and inn keeper
- Shōzō Uesugi as Hikosaburo Hino, Fuyu's father
- Riho Yoshioka as Nobu Tamura, Chiyo's school friend
- Yumiko Takahashi as Funa Tamura, Nobu's mother
- LaSalle Ishii as Yozaemon Yorozuya
- Ikkei Watanabe as Dr. Kensaku Ōtsuka
- Seiji Miyane as Nobuo Furuta
- Sadatomo Matsudaira as Iwao Tominaga
- Tomomitsu Yamaguchi as Kazutomi Ishikawa
|Shōkichi Shirooka||Yono||Etatsu||Kiku Mayuyama||Tadaoki Imai||Rie|
|Shōtarō Shirooka||Eizaburō Shirooka||Sachi||Sōbei Mayuyama||Hatsu||Shinjirō Shirooka||Asa||Tadatsugu Imai||Towa|
|Sae Shirooka||Masa Shirooka||Ainosuke Mayuyama||Yōnosuke Mayuyama||Setsu||Chiyo Shirooka||Keisuke||The Imai Children|
|Tatsuo Mayuyama||The unborn second child||Tatsuko Shirooka||Etsuko Shirooka||Satsuko Shirooka||The unborn fourth child|
Note: Those who don't have a surname displayed in tree means he/she change his/her surname upon marrying someone. Characters without name were mentioned but did not appear in the drama.
|Asa Shirooka||Asako Hirooka||
|Hatsu Mayuyama||Haru Mitsui||
|Shinjirō Shirooka||Shingorō Hirooka||
|Ume and Fuyu||Mume (Ofuji)||
|Tadaoki Imai||Takayoshi Mtsui||
|Chiyo Shirooka||Kameko Hirooka||
|Eizaburō Shirooka||Masaaki Hirooka||
|Keisuke Shirooka||Ezou Hirooka||
Asa ga Kita was a ratings success, averaging 23.5% over the length of the series, the highest rating for an Asadora since the year 2000.
Spin-off drama Warenabe ni Tojibuta
The main character is Kisuke. It was broadcast starting April 23, 2016.
- Hiroki Miyake as Kisuke
- Rie Tomosaka as Satsuki
- Takaya Yamauchi as Gansuke
- Tomochika as Ume
- Akito Kiriyama as Eizaburō
- Sumika Nono as Miwa
- Kaya Kiyohara as Fuyu
- Shōzō Uesugi as Hikosaburo Hino
- Jun Fubuki as Yono
- Hiroshi Tamaki as Shinjirō
- Haru as Asa
|9th Tokyo Drama Awards||The Grand Prix||Asa ga Kita||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor||Dean Fujioka||Won|
- "新・朝ドラ『あさが来た』王道回帰". Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
- "NHK's Asa ga Kita and Sojitz". Sojitz Corporation. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
- "『あさが来た』最終回は27.0％ "今世紀最高"の朝ドラに波瑠感謝". ORICON NEWS (in Japanese). Retrieved 20 April 2018.
September 28, 2015 – April 2, 2016