Toto Neechan

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Toto Neechan
Written byMasafumi Nishida
Directed byTaku Ōhara
Ken Okada
StarringMitsuki Takahata
Hidetoshi Nishijima
Tae Kimura
Itsuki Sagara
Hana Sugisaki
Pierre Taki
Kentaro Sakaguchi
Mitsuhiro Oikawa
Atsushi Itō
Osamu Mukai
Tsurutaro Kataoka
Mao Daichi
Toshiaki Karasawa
Narrated byFumi Dan
Opening theme"Hanataba o Kimi ni" by Hikaru Utada
Country of originJapan
Original language(s)Japanese
No. of episodes156
Executive producer(s)Masaru Ochiai
Running time15 minutes
Original networkNHK
Original releaseApril 4 (2016-04-04) –
October 1, 2016 (2016-10-01)
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Toto Neechan (とと姉ちゃん) is a Japanese television drama series and the 94th asadora on NHK. It premiered on April 4, 2016, and ended on October 1, 2016.[1][2] The theme song is "Hanataba o Kimi ni" by Hikaru Utada.[2]


Tsuneko is the eldest of three daughters of Takezō and Kimiko Kohashi. When her father dies while she is only in her early teens, Tsuneko takes on the role of the father of the family, which earns her the nickname "Toto-neechan" (literally "Father older sister"). She cares for and protects her family during WWII and the early postwar era, graduating from school and eventually working as an editor at a publishing house. She eventually starts her own magazine offering advice to housewives and consumers about life and raising a family. With the help of the talented editor Isaji Hanayama, the magazine becomes a huge hit. Refusing to accept advertising, it becomes a model for a new form of consumer journalism.

The story is loosely based on the life of Shizuku Ōhashi, who founded the magazine Kurashi no techō, and the editor Yasuji Hanamori.[3]


Kohashi family
Aoyagi Company
Other characters


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "『とと姉ちゃん』ヒロイン父に西島秀俊 追加キャスト15人発表". Oricon Style (in Japanese). Oricon. November 6, 2015. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Utada Hikaru reveals title for 'Toto Neechan' theme song". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. March 10, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  3. ^ "「とと姉ちゃん」主要2人の著書、関連書". YOMIURI ONLINE(読売新聞) (in Japanese). 19 May 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d "唐沢寿明、雑誌編集長役に恐縮「僕でいいのか」 起用理由は"カリスマ性"". Oricon Style (in Japanese). Oricon. February 15, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2016.

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Preceded by
Asa ga Kita
April 4, 2016 – October 1, 2016
Succeeded by