Best Wishes for a Wonderful New Year

Stephansdom in Vienna

Happy New Year!

I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to those who watched my drama series, “Haru – The Woman of a General Trading Company,” and all those who supported me in a variety of other ways last year.

Once again, I was invited at the start of the year to appear in NHK Educational TV’s broadcast of the Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Concert, and I am about to put on a kimono for the occasion.

The Vienna Philharmonic will not only perform waltzes and polkas under the baton of passionate Andris Nelsons, brimming with humor, but they will also perform works by Beethoven for the first time in the 150-year history of the Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Concert. Mitsuko Kusabue, who once played my mother on stage in “Lost in Yonkers,” also came all the way to Vienna to attend the concert, and we both enjoyed the New Year Concert in a celebratory atmosphere.

May the year ahead bring everyone great joy and happiness, and be filled with new discoveries.

The 2020 Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Concert will be aired on NHK Educational TV tonight, starting at 7:00 P.M. I thoroughly recommend everyone to watch it.

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