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Original run: 3 Apr 2006 – 30 Sep 2006
Country of origin: Japan
Network: NHK JP
Total running time: 1 day 15 hours
Episode duration: 15 minutes
IMDB rating: 6.4 of 10 10
The 74th NHK Asadora Drama is Junjo Kirari, which means something along the lines of "pure-hearted Kirari." The story is set in Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture in the era around the Second World War. When the story opens in 1928, the heroine, Sakurako, is a very active seven-year-old girl. Indeed, even in the first episode she exhibits her confidence and enthusiasm. But above all else, Sakurako is interested in becoming a jazz pianist, and music features extensively in the plot.