Mito Komon is a Japanese jidaigeki or period drama that has been on prime-time television since 1969. The title character is the historic Tokugawa Mitsukuni, former vice-shogun and retired second daimyo of the Mito domain. In the guise of Mitsuemon, a retired crêpe merchant from Echigo, he roams the realm with two samurai retainers, fun-loving Sasaki Sukesaburo (Suke-san) and studious Atsumi Kakunoshin (Kaku-san). Episodes typically conclude with a brawl in which the unarmed, disguised protagonists better a crowd of samurai and gangsters, culminating with the presentation of the inro that reveals the hero's identity.
The character normally sports a pointed white beard. He wears the lavish garb of a wealthy retiree, and carries a walking stick.
Since its inception, the program has been a mainstay of the Panasonic Drama Theater (formerly known as the National Theater), sponsored by Panasonic. The TBS network airs the show throughout Japan, and shows reruns on both its analog stations and its CS satellite channel. For nearly three decades, Mito Ko;mon shared the time slot with Ooka Echizen, and various actors and actresses appeared in both series.
An unusual feature of the series is that the credits list the maker of the inro. The TBS website has announced that the show will end in December 2011 and the last episode aired on December 19, 2011
Mito Komon is also a part of title of over 70 Japanese films.
Tokugawa Mitsukuni (1628 – 1701) or Mito Komon was a prominent daimyo who was known for his influence in the politics of the early Edo period. He was the third son of Tokugawa Yorifusa (who in turn was the ninth son of Tokugawa Ieyasu) and succeeded him, becoming the second daimyo of the Mito domain.