#275 Amachan

This Japanese drama was a hit in 2013.

It follows a high school girl called Aki Amano, played by Rena Nonen.


Ama is short for Amano but also means the women who dive for sea urchins and shellfish.

Aki Amano leaves Tokyo and goes to the Tohoku area and then becomes a female diver.

She ends up as a local superstar and then she goes back to Tokyo to become an idol.


But because of the big earthquake she comes back to Tohoku.


She helps everyone in revitalising their town.

The drama itself raised funds for the Tohoku disaster relief after March 2011’s big earthquake.

The drama mixes growing up, love, family, career aspirations and dealing with disaster.

It also popularised the phrase ‘jejeje’ to indicate surprise.


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