Thursday, May 27, 2010

Naka Riisa acts as Japanese teacher in first lead role

Up-and-coming actress Naka Riisa (20) now has her first starring role in a drama series. She will play a teacher in NTV's "Nihonjin no Shiranai Nihongo," premiering on July 15.

The drama is based on the popular comic essay series of the same name by Hebizou and Nagiko Umino. The original books are a collection of stories about a Japanese teacher, and they deal with aspects of the language that even native speakers get wrong.

Naka plays Haruko, a young woman with a dream of becoming a high school teacher. Her former teacher offers to get her a job if she takes on a 3-month position teaching Japanese to foreigners. Her students, which include an anime otaku from France, challenge her constantly with difficult questions about the Japanese language.

The drama will air on Thursday nights at 11:58pm. (Tokyograph)

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