TBS Drama Special 2017 ~ Meibugyou! Toyama no Kinshiro

Date: From 8.00 p.m., 25 September 2017
Scriptwriter: Izumi Rei (Kozure Shinbei Series)
Cast: Matsuoka Masahiro, Inamori Izumi, Kato Masaya, Nakahara Takeo, Kamiyama Tomohiro, Watanabe Mayu, Hirata Mitsuru, Harada Mieko, Sugawara Daikichi, Kitaoji Kinya
Synopsis: The streets of Edo are teeming with activity as the people celebrate a festival. The celebrations would have been in doubt because of an edict by Mizuno Tadakuni (Sugawara Daikichi), a member of the shogun’s council of elders, regulating expenditure, if not for the counsel of Kitamachi magistrate Toyama Kinshiro (Matsuoka Masahiro) and Minamimachi magistrate Yaguchi Suruga (Shirai Jiro). This adds to the people’s joy. Kinshiro is right in the middle of the festival. Besides the Toyama family’s own retainer Tojo Hachiemon (Nakahara Takeo), no one knows that he is the carousing Kin-san. Not even his mother Suzu (Harada Mieko). Matagoro (Hirata Mitsuru), the owner of Kinshiro’s regular tavern, and the pretty Otane (Watanabe Mayu) who attracts customers to the place, are completely charmed by Kinshiro’s friendly personality. At that moment, a chivalrous thief called Nezumi Kozo appears frequently in the streets of Edo. He steals from feudal lords and wealthy merchants and gives the spoils to the poor, winning the hearts of the common people. Then one day, Kinshiro, Higuchi Izumo no Kamikageyu (Kitaoji Kinya), an official who helps the council of elders, other officials are summoned by Mizuno and told of Yaguchi’s sudden death. Yaguchi’s successor is Torii Yozo (Kato Masaya) who respects Mizuno’s wishes. That night, Kinshiro is reunited with fish wholesaler Kumejimaya Chuuemon (Nishida Ken) and actor Ichimura Kikunojo (Kawai Yukinojo) and they renew their friendship. Kumejimaya who had been fond of Kinshiro and Kikunojo, now controls the Nihonbashi fish market. The next day, Kinshiro hears that Kumejimaya committed suicide with a geisha Oborozuki (Misaki Rion). It is unthinkable for the sensible Kumejimaya. Even Kumejimaya’s wife Osode (Tokoshima Yoshiko) says this is impossible. Kumejimaya was trusted by fishermen and fishmongers, and he had also been in charge of arranging the fish which is supplied to Edo Castle. Without Kumejimaya, fishermen and fishmongers are worried about business, and the common people also begin to be anxious about being able to buy fish at affordable prices. Meanwhile, talk about moving the fish market from Nihonbashi to Ryogokubashi suddenly comes up. After Kumejimaya’s death, Mikawaya’s (Hoshida Hidetoshi) presence has been growing and he seems to be working behind the scenes for the market’s move. Kinshiro hears rumours that Yaguchi was killed by Osen (Inamori Izumi), a master of Tokiwazu. Kinshiro and Osen had once been in love with each other. And, it is being whispered that Nezumi Kozo was seen at the scene. Furthermore, the constable Koshiba Gennosuke (Kamiyama Tomohiro) also raises questions about Kumejimaya’s double suicide case and tells Kinshiro that Kumejimaya may have been murdered. Kinshiro orders Koshiba to secretly probe for inside information as Koshiba continues to search for a connection to the mastermind behind the fish market’s move.
Official Website: www.tbs.co.jp/program/toyamanokinshirou_20170925.html

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