For details on the 24-hr TV telethon, please refer to the post on Part 1 here. Part 6 began at 6:57 a.m. on August 26th, and it is the longest part, containing more than three and a half hours of program time. I will try to cover it thoroughly, but due to constraints on my time, I’ll have to be spare on the details. Here are the links to Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.

A YYeTs version of the entire telethon is available on D-Addicts, though in seven parts rather than the Youku ten. I haven’t downloaded the D-Addicts copies, but judging from the timing it seems like parts 1,2, and 3 are in the first YYeTs part, part 4 corresponds to YYeTs part 2, and its one-to-one until my part 8 and 9, which should both be in the D-Addicts part 6.

The show begins with the same hosts as in part 5 – with Ohno-san and Matsumoto-kun still missing (hopefully getting some rest after having a later night than the other three).

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The hosts introduce a video about the Hokuto-Kensuke family – the marathon runners for this telethon – focusing on the two sons and Hokuto’s knee pain.

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After that bit of saccharine, we check in with the family and the current runner, Kensuke-san. Kensuke moves gingerly as he approaches the end of his part of the marathon. Those on-stage read letters to the family.

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Then the show turned to Ninomiya-kun’s drama “Kurumaisu de Boku wa Sora wo Tobu” from Part 2, recapping the story, but this time they introduce the author of the story – Hasegawa Yasuzo-san (長谷川泰三) – and his backstory, which is the basis for the character played by Nino-kun.

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He was also present for the filming of the drama.

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The VTR also included reflections from the stars of the drama.

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Hasegawa-san is, of course, present on-stage when they finish the VTR:

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And there’s a song for him – “Nada Sou Sou” (涙そうそう) performed by Natsukawa Rimi-san (夏川 りみ):

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Again, it’s a song I really like. The music during the telethon has so far been exemplary.

That segment stretched for about 25 minutes, and at 7:30, they turned to Fujii Miho-chan’s trek up Yakushima, supported by Miyagawa Daisuke-san, as they passed an ancient tree:

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The hikers stopped to talk to the on-stage personalities.

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Then we got introduced another remarkable young person – a karate champion:

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Ohno-san went to meet her (I think we might find out more about her later, in a more thorough segment):

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The rest of the hosts, including Ohno-san and Matsumoto-kun, are now ready for action.

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It was Aiba-kun’s Dart Trip next, and he went to the north coast of Hokkaido . . .

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. . . where he began by bothering an old woman:

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She didn’t have any trouble articulating her dreams for the future, though.

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Then Aiba-kun meets a guy who doesn’t recognize him, but knows Arashi very well:

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Aiba-kun tries to give him hints as he guesses Aiba’s name, saying that the first letter is “a” . . .

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. . . but that doesn’t seem to help.

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After that, Aiba-kun is so happy to find someone who does recognize him that he immediately gives her a hug:

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They invite him into their spacious home, and feed him.

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Where there’s Aiba-kun, there’s got to be kids – I’ve seen few people who are better with kids that Aiba (is it because they think they can outsmart him?):

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And there are other encounters:

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Next, we get a VTR featuring some sisters of the elderly persuasion who, giving us all hope, still seem quite capable and active:

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Their story is told through reenactments, photographs, and stock video, and they give their views on the theme of the telethon – the future – and on other topics.

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It looks like they’re pretty insistent that you’ve got to eat meat:

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That’s good news for me. They even give their opinions about the Arashi members:

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It seemed like an interesting segment, though it felt long because I couldn’t understand much of it. After it, they went back to Miho-chan, starting with the VTR of her story (which first aired very early in the morning, and would have been missed by much of the audience).

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Then the VTR turns to the Joumon Sugi (縄文杉) – the ancient Yakushima Cedar. The VTR claims an age for the tree of 7200 years, but the Japanese Wikipedia says that the dating was popularized in the news, but evidence puts the age at around 3000 years old. Either way, it’s lived through a lot.

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We go back to following Miho-chan’s actual progress:

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After that, Morisanchuu gave a blimp update, accompanied by a VTR explaining the images being used and the plan for the blimp:

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Kensuke-san finally reached the point where he could hand off the sash to Kennosuke-kun, and Kennosuke promptly started his leg of the marathon at 8:14.

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Next, we got another record-breaking attempt involving 16000 tiny kites strung together for a total length of 3 km.

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Each kite has someone’s dream written on it, including famous figures . . .

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. . . and elementary school kids who Matsumoto-kun visited.

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The kids will be helping the string the kites together, too, along with assorted supporters.

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Will they be able to break the record?

The hosts check in with Kennosuke-kun, who appears to be doing well . . .

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. . . then after a break, they went to a VTR of the sad story of entertainer Takeuchi Yuuji-san, who passed away from illness years ago.

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Taka and Toshi visit his three kids and wife.

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Needless to say, this was another tearjerker. Tokumitsu-san, who was watching the VTR, was affected as intended:

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Takeuchi-san’s family was on stage after the VTR, and the kids heard letters written to them from their father for the first time. So, if you didn’t tear up during the VTR, they’ll do their best here. I have to say that Ichigo-kun, Takeuchi’s son, was valiant in his attempt to keep from crying, though he was too choked up to speak.

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And if all that didn’t get to you, there was the song for the Takeuchi family – “Sen no Kaze ni Natte” sung by Akikawa Masafumi-san (秋川雅史). Its lyrics are based on an English poem, which you can read here. It is, once again, one of my favorite Japanese songs.

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After 9:00, Tani Kanon-chan and another girl I didn’t catch the name of join the hosts . . .

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. . . and it’s time for Sakurai-san’s Dart Trip to Minamichita-machi (南知多町) in Aichi prefecture.

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From the start, he’s thinking of food:

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In the notes I took while watching this live using KeyholeTV, I wrote “9:00 Sakurai on location stuffing his face.” Was that really all he did, or was I just in a bad mood for some reason? You decide:

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Well, he did meet an 80 year old Arashi fan who likes Sakurai-san so much she doesn’t let go of his hand:

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There were other encounters, including this kid who loves Tokyo Disneyland and has been there ten times:

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And a fellow in need of a tee-shirt:

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Oh, and the obligatory old person who watches Arashi all the time, but doesn’t recognize Sakurai-san:

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With the end of that Dart Trip, Kennosuke-kun handed the sash off to his younger brother. I must say that he looked like he could have run many miles more, but I guess his parents wanted to be careful with their children’s health.

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Time for another human interest story, this one involving the sister of newscaster Ishii-san who had following malady:

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Which ended up being:

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Assuming I’m getting the right translations for the kanji, she started off with scoliosis, but it eventually had muscular dystrophy.

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This . . . is going to be another tough story, isn’t it?

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It lasted until 9:30, at which point we went back to Miho-chan for a second . . .

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. . . then the blimp workers . . .

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. . . then the youngest marathon runner . . .

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. . . we get a VTR about a team of male gymnasts performing to Morning Musume’s “Love Machine” . . .

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. . . and we finally stop jumping around from minute-to-minute, with Morning Musume performing their hit medley, starting with “Love Machine”:

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And I really like the early Morning Musume hits because they’re so musically quirky and straightforwardly energetic. There’s something honest about them. That said, they disappointed me by not doing my favorite Morning Musume song – “The Peace!” (ザ☆ピ〜ス! Za Pīsu!), which is a remarkable and insane bit of musical composition – though they performed its B-side “Dekkai Uchuu ni Ai ga Aru” (でっかい宇宙に愛がある). “The Peace!” isn’t really the kind of song that fits this telethon, so I understand why they didn’t go there.

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By the way, Tani Kanon-chan and the other girl joined in the performance:

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Next up was Ninomiya-kun’s Dart Trip to Mitane-machi (三種町) in Akita Prefecture.

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He spends a long time talking to this lady:

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Then he gets an entire kindergarten to pour out of their rooms:

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Well, they sure know who he is.

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He continues to find people who recognize him immediately.

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Nino-kun’s Dart Trip felt like the shortest of them, though I didn’t time it. We were back to the relay marathon in a flash, and Hokuto-san received the sash from her youngest son. Hokuto-san has to run the rest of the way to the Budokan. Unfortunately, they didn’t indicate how much distance each member of the family covered.

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More medalists arrive at the Budokan . . .

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. . . and the next segment is the story of Hazama Kanpei-san (間寛平), one of the hosts, and the first marathon runner for the 24-hour TV telethon, attempting 150 km in 1992.

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He has since run many extreme distance marathons, including an incredible 600 km from Kobe to Tokyo in 1995 – the year of the Kobe Earthquake.

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In 2011, he took on a 41,040 km Earth marathon.

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But this isn’t just about Kanpei-san (incredible as he is), but also some of the people close to him who faced tragedies. So, yeah, it’s another one of those segments. They must really like to cry in the morning.

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At 10:19 a.m., we turned to the story of the Fukushima Hula Girls . . .

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. . . recalling what happened to their hometown:

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They’ve performed across the country:

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We get details about the dances, and a whole lot more. Unfortunately, this segment lost me a few minutes into it. Then the Hula Girls performed on the Budokan stage.

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After a bit of a detour, we checked in on how the 16,000 kite challenge was coming along.

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This looks impossibly hard. I mean, they have to figure out a way to get a kilometers-long string of these kites aloft. I have no idea how the original record was set, but there must have been some serious thermal lift and wind involved.

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Following that was an Olympic VTR:

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Then Nissan had what looked like an infomercial . . .

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. . . but we can forgive them for it because they handed Ohno-san a huge Nissan key:

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I have no idea what that was all about, but we got it over with quickly enough. They took a look at how the kites were flying, then tried to contact Miho-chan on Yakushima, but couldn’t get through – possibly because of the weather.

With some extra time to kill, the Arashi members had a quick chance to chat before going back to the kites, where they had over 500 flying:

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Oomasa Aya-san, Morning Musume, and others started singing while we watched Hokuto-san running.

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As a finale to this part of the telethon, we were treated to a famous song medley from monomane singer Aramaki Youko-san (荒牧 陽子).

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The songs were eighties-ish and a bit dated from my point of view. My favorite song in the sequence was Misora Hibari’s “Makkana Taiyou” (真赤な太陽), but Aramaki-san unfortunately did a horrible job of the vocals. The medalists had fun with the melody anyway:

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Also familiar was MISIA’s “Everything”:

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With that, the hosts did another check on the marathon, the kites, and Yakushima, and that was it for Part 6. It ended at around 11:10 a.m.

It was a very long part of the show, and also quite slow. The best parts were the Dart Trips and the musical portions, but other than that it was either tedious or depressing. Fortunately, they had better stuff planned for later in the marathon.

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