Time flies, doesn't it? 2012 is around the corner.
"Kohaku Utagassen", which literally means "Red and White Song Battle", is an annual music performance competition TV show in Japan, airing every New Year's Eve. The most successful singers/artists are selected to perform based on their performance that year.
Because of the show's large reach, scale, history, and exclusive invitation-based performances, it's a big deal for Japanese people, and many watch this show with their families on New Year's Eve.
Now there is a NHK Kohaku Android app. You can be prepared for this year's Kohaku by playing around with this app.
Any kind of Kohaku-related information can be obtained through the main functions: The one called "The Kohaku of those days（あの頃の紅白）" is the database on past shows, and the "Kohaku News（紅白ニュース）" delivers the latest information and news on this year's show.
The best way to enjoy Kohaku is to obtain the information beforehand, from the names of the hosts and singers, and even trivia about the singers. For people who have no time to watch TV as they have to work during this time of the year, this app will be helpful.
"The KOHAKU of those days（あの頃の紅白）" is a very useful database anyone can enjoy using. You can search what songs were popular in the year you were born, or look up random singer trivia.
Another useful function is the list of performing singers and songs. If your phone has the songs, you can actually listen to it through this Kohaku app. In my case, I already had Nana Mizuki's "Phantom Mind" stored in my micro SD card, so I was able to play back her song from the Kohaku list through this app.
Watching the Kohaku show with your family is great, but this app makes it even better.
Device used: EVO WiMAX ISW11HT
Publisher: NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp. )
Last updated: 11/30/2011
Compatibility: Android 2.2 or higher
Translated by Ruriko Sumi