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Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005

CHANNEL SURF

Check out vintage clothing in TV Tokyo's "Kaiun! Nan'demo Kanteidan" and more

Though he isn't considered elegant, comedian-musician Joji Tokoro has a distinctive sense of style that goes beyond his huge collection of eyewear and short-cropped blonde hair.

Tokoro, it turns out, is an avid collector of "antique clothing." This week, on the long-running antique-appraisal variety show, "Kaiun! Nan'demo Kanteidan (Good Fortune! The Anything Appraisal Team)" (TV Tokyo, Tuesday, 8:54 p.m.), Tokoro will bring to the studio 52 items from his collection, including vintage Hawaiian shirts and leather jackets, for inspection and to have their value judged by the show's panel of antique experts.

Also on this week's show is a person who owns what he claims to be a previously unknown lithograph by a world-famous artist whose identity won't be revealed until the show airs.


The likes of the late French painter known as Balthus will be revealed in new ways on the art variety show "Anybody Can Be Picasso" (TV Tokyo, Friday, 10 p.m.).

Born Balthazar Klossowski de Rola in 1908, Balthus was famous for his unsettling, often erotic portraits of individuals engaged in extremely intimate activities.

His widow, Setsuko, a painter in her own right who is known to her European friends as Madame Cactus, will talk to host Beat Takeshi about her life in Europe's high society and her subsequent influence over Japanese high society as a style-maker.

She'll be joined by actress Tamao Nakamura, another widow, whose late husband, swashbuckling film star Shintaro Katsu, was greatly admired by Balthus. Although it took the painter 30 years to get Katsu to visit him at his home in Switzerland, the two sets of couples eventually became close friends.


This year, the Japan horse-racing world has been overwhelmed by the success of a three-year old horse named Deep Impact. The "NHK Special" documentary "Sora Tobu Thoroughbred (The Thoroughbred Who Flies Through the Sky); NHK-G, Saturday, 9 p.m.) takes a close look at this outstanding horse, his owners, and his trainers.

Deep Impact has a chance to become the first horse in 21 years to win Japan's Triple Crown. Last April he won the Satsuki Prize and one month later the Japan Derby. On Oct. 23 he tries to complete the Triple Crown by winning the Kikkasho, which takes place in Kyoto.

Deep Impact comes from excellent stock. His sire was Sunday Silence, a champion racer in America who was sold to a breeder in Japan for the princely sum of 1.6 billion, yen and his dam won races in Ireland.

Interestingly, Deep Impact is actually a bit smaller than most thoroughbreds, which is why his first jockey was a woman. The documentary will attempt to explain the secret behind Deep Impact's remarkable performances.



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