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Sunday, June 26, 2011

CHANNEL SURF

Disney collection appraisal; feline muses; CM of the week: Intel

The guest on the antique-appraisal show "Kaiun! Nandemo Kanteidan" ("Good Fortune! Team That Evaluates Anything"; TV Tokyo, Tues., 8:54 p.m.) is Hiroshi Yamamoto, the silver medalist in archery at the 2000 Athens Olympics.

Yamamoto brings his huge collection of Disney-themed lapel pins and badges for appraisal. He says that in international competitions, contestants would exchange souvenirs with opponents, usually lapel pins depicting the names of their respective archery clubs, but he found that badges he'd buy from Disneyland were much more popular. Now, whenever he travels overseas he goes to flea markets and other antique stores in search of any Disney pin or badge.

NHK pays tribute to a common artistic muse — the house cat. Over four consecutive nights starting Monday, the docudrama series "Omae Nashi dewa Ikite Ikenai" ("I Can't Live Without You"; BS Premium, 8 p.m.) will present four famous artists and their cats.

On Monday, Naoto Takenaka plays painter Tsuguharu "Leonard" Foujita, a big success in Paris in the 1920s. Married five times, Foujita was more faithful to his cats than to his wives, as shown by how many felines featured in his work.

Tuesday is given over to novelist Hyakken Uchida (Renji Ishibashi), who wrote two books about his cats. On Wednesday, the secret life of late TV scriptwriter Kuniko Mukoda (Mimula) is profiled through the eyes of her feline. And Thursday it's novelist Natsume Soseki (Shingo Tsurumi), whose first published novel, "Wagahai wa Neko de Aru (I Am a Cat)" was inspired by an alley cat.

CM of the week: Intel

Computer processor maker Intel is running two series of commercials featuring a shy young editorial assistant. In one, he is sent to interview an architectural writer and during the assignment falls in love with the author's free-minded daughter.

In the other series, he is charged by his employer, a publisher, to visit one of its popular writers to prod her into submitting her manuscript, which is overdue. The writer is an older woman who would rather bake or chat in French with a handsome young man via her computer, which, in all the commercials, is equated in the young man's mind with "the smell of freedom."



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