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Chōshichirō Edo Nikki (長七郎江戸日記 ?) or Chōshichirō's Edo Diaries was a long-running prime-time television series in Japan. The title character was Matsudaira Chōshichirō Nagayori, the son of Tokugawa Tadanaga. The premise of the show focuses on Tadanaga having been killed because of alleged plotting to overthrow his elder brother, the third shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu. Chōshichirō lives among the commoners in the shogunal capital city of Edo. Kōtarō Satomi portrayed Chōshichirō throughout the series.



The show ran from 1983 to 1991 on the Nippon Television network. It occupied the Tuesday evening 8:00–8:54 time slot.

The first series began on October 18, 1983 and continued to December 23, 1986. It consisted of 125 episodes. The second series, 68 episodes long, ran from January 5, 1988 to September 26, 1989. The third (and last) series consisted of 40 episodes broadcast between October 16, 1990 and September 24, 1991.

Affiliates of the Nippon Television network have regularly rebroadcast the show. Most recently, the Jidaigeki Senmon Channel has carried the series on the Sky Perfect satellite. Some other stations also include it on their daytime schedules.

Selected episodes are available in boxed sets of DVDs.


These are the main characters in the show.

  • All series
    • Chōshichirō: Kōtarō Satomi
    • Tatsusaburō (Tatsu): Shōhei Hino
    • Miyake Takubei: Tappei Shimokawa (1928–2004)
    • Oren: Yumiko Nogawa
    • Yagyū Munefuyu: Tetsuro Tamba (special appearances)
    • Narrator: Taketoshi Naitō (Series 1, part), Ryō Kurosawa (Series 1 (part), 2, 3)
  • Series 1
    • Gyūkichi (Gyū-san): Kaku Takashina (1919–1994)
  • Series 2
  • Series 3
    • Naniwaya Kikuzō: Gannosuke Ashiya (1931–2004)
    • Onatsu: Chizuru Azuma


This article incorporates material from 長七郎江戸日記 (Chōshichirō Edo Nikki) in the Japanese Wikipedia, retrieved on December 25, 2007.

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