Bōshi (帽子) was a Japanese television special about an elderly man who runs an old haberdashery in Kure. The drama was produced by NHK Hiroshima in 2008 for their 80th anniversary[1] and received the valuable TV drama award at the 63rd Japan Agency for Cultural Affairs Art Festival.[2]

Bōshi (Caps/Hats)
Written byShunsaku Ikehata
Directed byHiroshi Kurosaki
StarringKen Ogata
Yukihide Kasahara
Hayami Takahashi
Yūko Tanaka
Aki Asakura
Tetsuji Tamayama
Ittoku Kishibe
Maho Tomita
Hiromi Yuki
Erika Kobayashi
Toshiyuki Kitami
Asae Onishi
Gan Iwata
Teizo Muta
Takayuki Moriwaki
Shin'ya Yamamoto (director)
Ryuji Yamamoto
Mitsuomi Aono
Katsuaki Takahashi
Country of origin Japan
Original language(s)Japanese
Running time90 minutes
Original networkNHK
Original releaseAugust 2, 2008
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In the port city of Kure, there is an old hat shop. Shunpei, the elderly shop owner, is proud of his career as a skillful hatter, with famous clients such as fleet admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. However, as time goes on, the number of orders decreases and his memory begins to fail him. Shunpei occasionally has to ask his security guard, Goro, to help him find his scissors.

One day, Shunpei discovers that his childhood friend, Setsu, is Goro's mother. She left Goro due to an issue with her husband, and now she is in the end stages of cancer. Setsu had been physically weak since childhood, due to radiation exposure from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. Shunpei had thought of Setsu as a sister, but he couldn't ask her to live with him in Kure, so she left to earn a living in Hiroshima. He missed her ever since.

Shunpei decides to reunite Goro with his mother. Shunpei knows that Setsu has been living in Tokyo, suffering discrimination as a radiation exposure victim. But when Shunpei finds Setsu, she seems to be living quite happily. Setsu still has a small sailor hat which Shunpei made for her years ago, and which always cheers her up in the face of hardship. Setsu showed the hat to Shunpei, to encourage him and renew his pride. Upon seeing the hat, Shunpei's mind is restored and his forgetfulness disappears.


  • Ken Ogata as "Shunpei Takayama", an older gentleman living alone in port city Kure as a hatter.
  • Yukihide Kasahara as 28-year-old "Shunpei", working hard, helping Setsu, and loves her.
  • Hayami Takahashi as 6-year-old "Shunpei", likes his father.
  • Yūko Tanaka as "Setsu Takemoto", an older lady living in Tokyo with her family, Shunpei's childhood friend, Goro's real mother.
  • Aki Asakura as 19-year-old "Setsu", in delicate health, loves Shunpei.
  • Tetsuji Tamayama as "Goro Kawahara", Shunpei's security agent and Setsu's son.
  • Ittoku Kishibe as "Masayuki Kawahara", Goro's father and Setsu's ex-husband, a doctor and runs his hospital in Hiroshima.
  • Maho Tomita as "Yu Takayama", Shunpei's granddaughter living in Tokyo.
  • Hiromi Yuki as "Mikazu Kawahara", Goro's stepmother and Masayuki's wife.
  • Erika Kobayashi as "Aki Kawahara", Goro's stepsister.
  • Toshiyuki Kitami as "Katsuto Takemoto", Setsu's husband, runs his laundry with her.
  • Asae Onishi as "Haruko Takemoto", Setsu's daughter.
  • Gan Iwata as a chief "Todoroki", Goro's boss.
  • Teizo Muta as "Fukuzo", Shunpei's friend.
  • Takayuki Moriwaki as Fukuzo's grandchild.
  • Shin'ya Yamamoto (actor) as "Futoyama", principal of Kure Sanjyo junior high school, will order student caps to Shunpei.
  • Ryuji Yamamoto as "Ichimura", a chairman of the PTA of Sanjyo junior high school.
  • Mitsuomi Aono as general "Isoroku Yamamoto",
  • Katsuaki Takahashi as "Reikichi Takayama", Shunpei's father made the cap for Isoroku Yamamoto.

Theme songEdit

The theme song is titled Inochi no Uta / (Songs can change the world) and was written for NHK's 80th anniversary. The lyrics invite the public to join the song to collect their messages of life and peace.[3]

The Inochi no Uta Project continued in 2009.[5]

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