Domo, Charo and Zashiki Warashi

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A 5 minute animation dedicated to the Tohoku region's recovery, starring Domo, Charo and a mysterious girl on a flower-filled adventure around some of the breathtaking sights of Tohoku to find "home".

This animation was born from a Tohoku promotion campaign in which Domo and Charo, traveled around the region, meeting smiling faces. In the program, a new uplifting version of NHK’s recovery support song “Hana wa Saku (Flowers Will Bloom)” is introduced.

Summary:

Domo and Charo meet a mysterious girl named Zashiki Warashi in Harajuku, Tokyo. The girl says that she cannot find her way home since “that day”. She starts crying after seeing a boy and his mother in a park hurrying home.

Flowers Will Bloom in Tohoku Summary

Charo gives the girl a single gerbera to cheer her up, but then he sneezes and the flower petals fly up in the air... Suddenly, as if by magic, a flower train appears from a flower field.

Domo, Charo and the girl board the flower train and set off for the girl’s home, overcoming the sadness from “that day”, to the Tohoku region, where people are rebuilding their lives after the disaster.

However, what awaited them there was a terrifying storm.

 

Characters:

Domo

Domo

Domo is a strange brown creature that hatched from an egg. He is known as the mascot for Japan's national broadcaster, NHK, and his name originated from the Japanese greeting "Domo". Domo's favorite food is nikujaga, Japanese-style meat and potato stew, and he can’t stand apples due to an unexplained mystery in his DNA. Domo is known to pass wind repeatedly when nervous or upset.

Charo

Charo

Charo is a puppy from an English learning program on NHK called “Little Charo”. He was found alone in a park on a snowy day soon after he was born by Shota who became his owner. Charo is a very loyal, brave and kind-hearted dog. When he was accidentally left in New York City away from Shota, he never lost his determination to get back to Japan where Shota waited.

Zashiki Warashi

Zashiki Warashi

Zashiki-warashi are house spirits originating from Iwate Prefecture. They are fond of mischief but believed to bring great fortune. They appear as five or six year old children with blushing red faces. They can be boys or girls, and usually wear traditional clothes. It is said that in some instances only the house owners or children are able to see them, therefore they are most often noticed for their pranks.

Flowers Will Bloom in Tohoku - 5 minute animation

Voice

Domo:
YAMAKAWA Shizuo
Charo:
JUNNA Risa
Zashiki Warashi:
TAKAHATA Mitsuki (actress)

♫ "Hana wa Saku" (Flowers Will Bloom)

Lyrics:
IWAI Shunji
Music:
KANNO Yoko
Vocals:
SUZUKI Rio (actress)
Translation:
Roger Pulvers
 
 
Director:
KATO Michiya
Animation:
CYCLONE GRAPHICS Inc.
 
dwarf studio
In association with:
NHK Enterprises
Produced by:
NHK