Happy New Year!
You may have already heard that KIKU will not be airing NHK’s 2019 Taiga Drama, Idaten. I wanted to provide you with a little bit of background behind this.
Each year since 1963, NHK has produced a year-long taiga drama based on the life of a key figure in Japanese history. KIKU first began airing NHK’s taiga dramas around 1993, and has been airing them every year since.
Next year, for the first time in 25 years, KIKU will not be airing NHK’s taiga drama.
The 2020 Summer Olympics are scheduled to take place in Tokyo, and to gear up, NHK produced Idaten, a taiga drama based upon two historical figures who shaped Japanese Olympics history. Idaten utilizes historical Olympic footage, and because of the strict rules governing the use of this footage in the U.S., KIKU is prohibited from airing it.
NHK requested and received permission from the IOC to air Idaten on its affiliated cable station, TV Japan, with the understanding that because this station is targeted to Japanese-speaking viewers only; there would be no English subtitles. So Idaten is being shown in the U.S., after all, but only on TV Japan.
Faced with the knowledge we would not be able to air Idaten, we thought long and hard about a program to replace it.
We considered airing a taiga drama produced prior to 1993, the first year we began airing the taiga drama.
We even considered re-airing a taiga drama we had aired before.
In the end, we decided to bring back a well-loved program that many of you have requested over and over: Oshin.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Oshin, it is a story about the life of a woman, beginning from the time she was only seven years old and continuing through the end of her life.
More than that, it is a story of hardship, perseverance, determination, and courage.
If you have not seen Oshin before, it is a program worth watching. If you have, it is a program worth watching again.
KIKU-TV is proud to present Oshin in 2019. New episodes will air each Tuesday and Sunday nights, starting February 5 at 8pm and February 10 at 7pm.
Please don’t miss it!
And again, Happy New Year from all of us at KIKU.