Tokyo Westside Monogatari

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Tokyo Westside Monogatari


  • Title: 東京ウエストサイド物語
  • Title (romaji): Tokyo Westside Monogatari
  • Title (English): Tokyo Westside Story
  • Format: Tanpatsu
  • Genre: Comedy drama
  • Broadcast network: NHK BS Premium
  • Broadcast date: 2015-Dec-02
  • Air time: Wednesday 22:00
  • Theme song: Hachioji Junai Monogatari by FUNKY MONKEY BABYS


22-year-old Takayama Mineko is a fourth-year university student who is looking for a job. She has completely smothered her childhood dream of becoming a news announcer and taken a pragmatic line. However, none of the large companies have made an informal job offer to her and she feels as if her back is against the wall. At that moment, her 50-year-old mother Harue, a full-time housewife, suddenly declares her desire to use the rest of her life for herself and become the geisha that she yearned to be. This is a seismic event for the Takayama family. Harue takes lessons in singing, dancing and the shamisen. Although she is not good at traditional performing arts, she overcomes this with her natural ability to entertain people. Mineko simply cannot forgive her mother who seems to carried away with geisha training. Seeing Harue become beautiful with each passing day, Mineko's father Kinichi who had been supportive of his wife's geisha training, quickly gets impatient while Mineko's elder brother Manabu watches over the family. Mineko has a dramatic reunion with an elementary school classmate who became the geisha Umechiyo after graduating from high school, and also makes the acquaintance of people that love the town including the honorary chairman of the shopping street Kitakuni Saburota. Harue's debut as a geisha is finally decided and she is introduced to the townspeople at the Hachioji Festival. What is Harue’s true intention of becoming a geisha? -- Jdrama Weblog

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