The first TV drama: the 12-minute, "Yuge-mae (Before Supper)"

On April 13, 1940, at an STRL studio, the first Japanese TV drama was produced for broadcast to the Broadcasting Hall and Atagoyama. It was "Yuge-mae" by Uhei Ima (later, Harube Ima). The broadcast lasted approximately 12 minutes. The set employed two cameras, four 3 kW lights and two 5 kW lights. It was a domestic drama depicting the ordinary life of a family of three: a young unmarried woman, her older brother, and their mother.

 "Yuge-mae" manuscript

"Yuge-mae" manuscript

 
TV drama broadcasting begins

TV drama broadcasting begins

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