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  • Name: 武蔵
  • Name (romaji): Musashi
  • Genre: Taiga drama, historical
  • Episodes: 49
  • Viewership ratings: avg=16.7 (Kanto)
  • Broadcast network: NHK
  • Broadcast period: 2003-Jan-05 to 2003-Dec-07
  • Air time: Sunday 20:00


The 42nd NHK Taiga Drama is MUSASHI. Many Japanese history buffs are familiar with The Book of Five Rings written by Miyamoto Musashi in the 17th century. Musashi's treatise on strategy and the way to lead instantly became the business executive's bible when the translated version hit the bookstores more than three hundred years later.

In 2003, the story of this legendary swordsman-philosopher-painter comes to life in the NHK Taiga Drama MUSASHI. Based on the famous biography written by Yoshikawa Eiji, this taiga drama boasts a list of stars that reads like a Who's Who of screen and television.

Orphaned before he was ten years old, Musashi (his real name is Takezo, so you'll hear his childhood friends call him by that name) grows up skilled in the martial arts. During the Battle of Sekigahara, he fights on the side of the losing Toyotomi forces, but eludes the enemy as they hunt down the vanquished soldiers. He then spends years wandering the countryside mastering the sword, becoming a stronger samurai. As his fame spreads throughout the nation, men seek him out to test their skills against him--most notably Sasaki Kojiro who faces Musashi in the ultimate Duel at Ganryujima.

--KIKU-TV, re-written by groink

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  • MUSASHI is the first NHK taiga drama ever to have its name consist of roman characters in the NHK catalog. In all other taiga dramas up to this point (2005), romanization of the series' names occured after production.

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