Actors Charlotte Kate Fox and Tetsuji Tamayama were the guests and the talk was all about the popular NHK drama Massan.
I managed to get two tickets through a friend so an interpreter friend and I went to Otaru to enjoy the show.
They talked about the scene where Massan reassures Ellie that he loves her, even though they can't have children. Ellie kisses her husband and they hug. In the script they were planned to just hug - but Fox naturally kissed Tamayama!
As she said:"it was a natural, loving thing to do for the characters. A hug wasn't enough. They are husband and wife, couples kiss!".
In the NHK morning drama...maybe not! And maybe not in many Japanese marriages either!
There was also a surprise appearance by the young actor Kodai Asaka, who played Eiichiro; and video greetings from other members of the cast.
And bagpipes!!! The Yoichi bagpipe band came and played...and there was plum cake (or xmas pudding), made from one of Rita Taketsuru's recipes.
It was a fun day...and I got to meet the cardboard cutout of my favorite character....