New TV Show "Shogun" Tells Story of English Man in Japan
This image released by FX shows Eita Okuno as Saeki Nobutatsu, from left, Anna Sawai as Toda Mariko, Hiromoto Ida as Kiyama Ukon Sadanaga in a scene from "Shogun." (Katie Yu/FX via AP)

New TV Show "Shogun" Tells Story of English Man in Japan

February 26th, 2024

There is a new TV show called "Shogun". It is about a story from a big book written a long time ago. The story is about a man from England who comes to Japan on a boat. But then, his boat breaks, and he is stuck in Japan. In Japan, there are many leaders who want to be the most powerful. The man from England, named John, starts to help one of the leaders. They become friends. John also falls in love with a Japanese lady who helps him understand Japan. The show has a lot of action and people in it. Some parts are happy, and some parts are sad or scary. Everyone worked hard to make the show look real and tell a good story. People like this story because it is exciting and it feels like you are part of it. The actors and people making the show wanted to show two different places, England and Japan, learning from each other. They hope that when people watch it, they will think about working together and making a better future.
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💭 Discussion Questions

. What is the new TV show called?
. Who does John help in Japan?
. What do the show makers want people to think about?

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🌐 Cultural context

The article is about a television series from a Western country, potentially the United States or the United Kingdom, based on historical interactions between the West and Japan. The series explores themes of cultural exchange and adventure.

🧠 Further reading

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The Beatles were a famous music band from England. There were four men in the band: John, Paul, George, and Ringo. They were very important in music. People loved them so much, they called it "Beatlemania." The band started in 1963 and finished in 1970. They made new styles in music and fashion. Everyone, especially young people, liked what they did. They made songs and albums that many people bought. The Beatles got a special award from the Queen. They made different music with new ideas. Their music is still famous today.

History is when we learn about what happened long ago. It is looking at old things to know about people's stories from the past. We learn from writing, talking, art, and old objects. Sometimes history is not all known and people can still ask questions about it. People tell history like a story. They try to understand why things happened and talk about what is important. Sometimes, they may not agree. They also think about how history can help us now. Each place has its own history. Sometimes there are tales that are not from history but are important to people, like stories about King Arthur. History must have proof, but tales do not. History can look at different places or special topics. We study history in school, and it is a big subject for learning at universities. A long time ago, in ancient Greece, there was a man named Herodotus. People say he started history. Some think he told the truth, but others do not.

The Big Bang Theory
"The Big Bang Theory" is a funny TV show from America. It is about some friends who are very smart and like science. They live in Pasadena, California. There are two friends, Leonard and Sheldon, who are both scientists and live together. Penny is their neighbor. She works as a waitress and wants to be an actress. Leonard and Sheldon have other smart friends named Howard and Raj. Later, more friends like Amy, Bernadette, and Stuart join the show. People could watch this TV show with an audience. The show started in 2007 and finished in 2019. There were 12 seasons and 279 stories. Some people did not like the show at first, but later many people liked it a lot. The show did very well and even won seven Emmy awards. Jim Parsons, who played Sheldon, won many times. There is even a new show about Sheldon when he was young, called "Young Sheldon." They are making another new show too.