There were a whole lot of posts in this one but I deleted them because it is looking confusing. Hopefully this will look better without losing the essential information!
UPDATES - 30.03.2010
ORIGINALLY POSTED ON 31.12.2009 EXCEPT WHERE NOTED
Some news also. Masha is now in Nagasaki and his fans speculated he is happily celebrating the coming new year with his mom and brother. Whilst I would have wanted him to perform before a live audience (the studio audience were very lively), this special arrangement meant he could have some rest tasting the best food in the world; his mom's cooking. Lucky guy! REST WELL MASHA!! By the way, Ryoma Den starts this Sunday 3rd January 2010 over at NHK channel at 8pm Japan time (Malaysia is 7pm). You can watch using Keyhole (surely it won't be like today! For password, email me at funnlim(AT)gmail(DOT)com or just google NHK Keyhole and you will surely find it.
The show overall was entertaining since I never watched it before, I especially love the lady performing right before Masha in her grand costume and even grander lifelike puppet right behind her! I will post her video here if I can find it. Also Susan Boyle was beautiful and she sang so beautifully. She sang I Dreamed A Dream but unfortunately she sang only 1 song. I thought she was singing 2? I was very disappointed. but Takuya Kimura was especially enthralled by her performance.
Meanwhile, some screencaps to satisfy your curiosity, the captures were taken from the HK Discussion Forums , but the last one, the one in white with the mic by me (all quite by accident when the video window froze one me at this very shot ...
Masha appeared 3 times before he sang Hatsukoi. And there was a trailer of Ryoma-Den. In Appearance 1
Source 1 : Jpopsuki (Torrent)
UPDATES - 27.01.2010