#438 Massan

This drama is based on the story of Scottish Rita Cowan, who founded distillery with husband Masataka Taketsuru.

They renamed the characters Ellie and Masaharu Kameyama.


It’s was the morning drama on NHK from September 29, 2014 to March 28, 2015.

The morning drama is the prime-time slot for housewives and is always a hit.

It’s also the first morning drama with a non-Japanese lead actor.

The story follows the couple’s life story.


Masaharu studied abroad in Scotland and fell in love with Ellie.

He returned to Japan with Ellie and founded the Nikka Whisky Distilling company in Hokkaido.


The drama also shows the struggles of international marriage within old traditional Japanese culture.

The American actress who plays Ellie, Charlotte Kate Fox, has become a household name in Japan.

She didn’t know Japanese before starring in the show but her performance was awesome – which also endeared her to the fans of the show.


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