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Asuka aka Sweet Ambition


  • Title: あすか
  • Title (romaji): Asuka
  • Also known as: Sweet Ambition
  • Format: Asadora
  • Genre: Human drama
  • Episodes: 149 x 15 minute episodes
  • Viewership ratings: Ep1=25.9, High=27.6, Avg=24.4
  • Broadcast network: NHK
  • Broadcast period: 1999-Oct-04 to 2000-Apr-01


The 61st NHK Asadora Drama is Asuka. Set in Kyoto in the home of a traditional Japanese candymaker, Asuka is the story of one young girl's dream to one day walk in her father's shoes and become a top candymaker in the male-dominated world of wagashi (Japanese confectionery). Asuka grows to be a healthy, adventurous young girl with a deep curiosity and, a desire to become a candymaker like her father. This NHK drama is one of the best in years with an excellent cast, a well-developed story based on extensive research into the traditional worlds of candymaking and the tea ceremony in Kyoto, and beautiful scenery and settings in Kyoto and the surrounding areas. ---groink

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