Toto Nee-chan

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Toto Nee-chan


  • Title: とと姉ちゃん
  • Title (romaji): Toto Nee-chan
  • Also known as: Daddy Sister / Totone-chan / Toto Neechan
  • Genre: Drama


  • Episodes: 156
  • Viewership ratings: 22.8%
  • Broadcast network: NHK
  • Broadcast period: 2016-Apr-04 to 2016-Oct-01
  • Air time: Mon-Sat 8:00
  • Theme song: Hanataba wo Kimi ni by Utada Hikaru


It is 1930 in the Totomi region of Shizuoka Prefecture. Inquisitive and energetic Kohashi Tsuneko is the eldest of three daughters and the family lives in harmony. It is customary for the whole family to go on an outing once a month. However, one day when Tsuneko is 11 years old, her father Takezo, a devoted family man who works at a dyeing factory, dies of tuberculosis all of a sudden and her life drastically changes. Taking her father’s teachings about the importance of ordinary life to heart, she becomes ‘Toto Nee-chan’, a paternal figure to her mother Kimiko and two younger sisters Mariko and Yoshiko. Tsuneko struggles to provide for the family as the head of the household. Watching how her mother, grandmother and classmates have not been able to live freely precisely because they are female before the war, makes Tsuneko want a job that allows her “to be there for women's lives”. Right after the war, she launches a lifestyle magazine created for the sake of females together with Mariko and Yoshiko in a devastated Tokyo. It is called ‘Your Life’ and was full of practical articles for readers. With the help of the like-minded, genius editor Hanayama Isaji, the magazine grows to become essential to females living in the period of high economic growth. -- Jdrama Weblog

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Kohashi Family

People from Honshu, Hamamatsu

Aoyagi Timber Store

Morita Catering Shop

Girls' High School

Bird's Nest Trading

Kodo Publishing


Street vendors

Anata no Kurashi Publication

Cafe Romantic

People from Tokyo


Production Credits

Spin-off drama "Mou Hitotsu no Monogatari"

  • Title: とと姉ちゃんもう一つの物語
  • Title (romaji): Toto Nee-chan: Mou Hitotsu no Monogatari
  • Tagline: 福助人形の秘密 / Fukusuke Ningyo no Himitsu
  • Format: Tanpatsu
  • Broadcast network: NHK BS Premium
  • Broadcast date: 2016-Nov-19
  • Air time: Saturday 19:00


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