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  • Title: 天地人
  • Title (romaji): Tenchijin
  • Format: Renzoku
  • Genre: Jidaigeki
  • Viewership ratings: ep1=24.7 high=26.0 avg=21.2
  • Episodes: 47
  • Broadcast network: NHK
  • Broadcast period: 2009-Jan-04 to 2009-Nov-22
  • Air time: Sunday 20:00


The 48th NHK Taiga drama is Tenchijin, based on Hisaka Masashi's novel of the same name. The story centers on Naoe Kanetsugu, a loyal and devoted samurai in Echigo Province in the 16th century. Kanetsugu was trained in his early childhood by Uesugi Kenshin and after his death, served Kenshin's adopted son Kagekatsu and is known for his extreme loyalty to the Uesugi family. He also made every effort to protect the people of Echigo with a strong sense of justice and genuine sympathy toward commoners. --NHK

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Naoe Family

Higuchi Family

Uesugi Family


Ueda Residents



Sengoku Warlords

Oda Family

Takeda Family

Toyotomi Family

Tokugawa Family

Date Family

Sanada Family

Other Warlords

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Episode Information

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  • NHK announced that its major drama project Saka no Ue no Kumo will be starting this November. As a result, Tenchijin will be shorter than previous taiga dramas, ending almost a month early and lasting only 47 episodes.*
  • The show will be adapted into a boys-love manga for mobile phones by mangaka, Shimotsuki Kairi. This is the second time that a taiga drama has been adapted as a comic, after Yoshitsune in 2005.*

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