While the rest of the planet can mull over the deaths of writer Christopher Hitchens, freedom fighter, playright and leader Vaclav Havel and super-dictator Kim Jong-il, Japan can mourn the passing from TV land of Tokugawa Mitsukuni. After 42 years of wandering Japan in mufti, halting mayhem and doling out justice with the aid of his magical tobacco container -- or more properly the crest on his magical tobacco container -- Mito Komon will grace our screens no more. The TBS fictionalized life of the legendary second daimyo of the Mito han, the longest running TV drama in Japanese history, had its final broadcast last night.
On a night otherwise dominated by the death of Kim Jong-il, the old wanderer managed to garner a 14% audience share (J).
Not bad for a serious contender in the "hokiest show on Earth" contest.
------------------------- Statue of Mito Komon in front of JR Mito Station, Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture.