Trivia Question

On KIKU, we air a combination of modern dramas and historical/samurai dramas. Since the same actors often appear in both modern and historical dramas, it’s always interesting to see an actor in a modern drama dressed in a business suit or dress, and recognize them in a historical drama with the traditional hairstyle (chonmage or nihongami) and kimono.

As a matter of fact, there are three actors/actresses appearing in both a modern and a historical drama that are currently airing on KIKU.

CAN YOU NAME THEM?

I have three KIKU-TV shirts to give away. The first person to name one of the actors and the two shows they appear in will receive one of the shirts. (Once that actor is named and the shirt is given away, you need to identify the next actor.) Only one shirt per person will be given away so if you know all three, don’t reveal them all. Post your answers using the Comments section.

Good luck!

 

Zenigata Heiji

This Tuesday night (7/21) at 9pm, we premier Zenigata Heiji! This, like the Toyama no Kinsan series we just finished airing, is a remake of an original samurai series. Does anyone remember the original Zenigata Heiji shows? The most notable actor who played Heiji was Hashizo Okawa. He played this role for 18 years (1966-1984), and I understand this earned him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running actor playing the same character in a one-hour series.

Despite that, many KIKU viewers associate Kinya Kitaoji as Zenigata Heiji. He played the role for seven years, from 1991-1998.

Our series remake stars Hiroaki Murakami as Zenigata Heiji. Please tune in to catch this series about a police who catches criminals by throwing coins at them.

Ja, ne!

p.s. Although you won’t see Kinya Kitaoji in this Zenigata Heiji remake, the good news is that you can see him in other shows on KIKU, including Hana Moyu, and Doctor X 3, which begins in September.

Naruhodo

Are you familiar with the word “naruhodo”? It means “oh, I see” or “now I get it”.  The way you use naruhodo is if there is something you don’t understand, and someone explains it to you, you say…. “Ahhh, Naruhodo”.

Recently, we began airing a naruhodo segment on KIKU-TV. It features our host, JP Lam, explaining various subjects, including places, people, things, foods or traditions. One recent Naruhodo segment was about aikido. Did you know the very first dojo ever constructed outside of Japan was here in Honolulu in 1961? I’ve often passed this dojo on Waialae Avenue in Kaimuki, just down the street from McDonalds, but never knew this bit of history. Ahhh, naruhodo.

If there is something you want to know about, send us an email, and we’ll have JP check it out! Then you can say “Ahhhh, naruhodo” too!

Ja, ne.

 

True Love and Deceit

Because we truly love our viewers, I want to let you know that we deceived you — although not on purpose — about the upcoming premier of Love and Deceit. We told you episode #1 would be 1-1/2 hours long. We were wrong. It is only one hour long. So Love and Deceit’s premier episode will air on Sunday, July 5th, from 8-9pm, and Behind the Noren will begin at its regular time of 9pm.

Reset your DVRs!!!

 

Love and Deceit

We’re starting a new drama on Sunday, July 5th, at 8pm. The Japanese title is Utsukushiki Wana, which literally translates to Beautiful Snare. This is a drama about relationships and the complicated games people play trying to trap one another. Beautiful Snare didn’t really translate well in English, so we retitled it “Love and Deceit”.

And it really is all about love and deceit. Rika Nishida is a 34-year-old woman who has finally come to terms with the fact that her three year affair with the handsome, ambitious, and married managing director of the company she works for is going nowhere and has to end. However, before Rika can end it, Sota Kashiwagi dumps her. When Rika learns Sota’s wife Mitsuko orchestrated the break-up, she is furious and vows to take revenge.

So begins a game of deceit and entrapment, all fueled by love.

The first episode is 1-1/2 hours long, so it will run from 8-9:30pm. This means Behind the Noren on 7/5 will run from 9:30-10:30pm.

Ja, ne!

Partners 11

I’ve mentioned it before, but here’s a reminder that Partners 11 starts tomorrow night (Thursday, 6/18) at 9pm. The first episode is in two parts, with the second part airing next Thursday, the 25th. This is the 11th in the Partners series! It’s still really popular in Japan, where they are currently airing series #13.

The Japanese word for Partners is Aibou, so if you want to get more information on this show on the internet, use the word “Aibou”.

Don’t forget Sunday is Father’s Day, so get your “My Dad Is Awesome Because…” entries in before midnight tonight!

Ja, ne

Detective Night

 

Somehow over the years, Thursday night became our detective drama night. Not samurai (jidaigeki) detective dramas, but modern detective dramas, like Partners, Omiya-san, Investigator Mariko, and many, many more. Currently, we’re airing Partners 10 at 8pm, and The Interrogator at 9pm.

However, the final episode of Partners 10 aired last night, and the final episode of The Interrogator will air next week (6/11). So, with these two dramas ending, will Thursday night still be detective night?

Mochiron!

Next week Thursday (6/11), we premier The Last Policeman at 8pm. This is about a small, elite team of detectives within the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. Considered the best of the best in their areas of expertise, they were handpicked because of their remarkable skills and are tasked with bringing criminals of heinous crimes into custody alive. But first, they must learn to put their egos aside and work together as a team.

The Japanese title of this drama is Saigo no Keikan.

The following Thursday, 6/18), we premier Partners 11 (Aibou 11) at 9pm! As the title suggests, this is the 11th season in the Partners series, which KIKU began airing in 2007. You’ll want to watch to see if there is a new partner in this series.

Ja, ne!

My Dad is Awesome Because…

This year, Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 21st. The past few years, we’ve conducted a father/child look-alike contest, but we’re doing something different this year.

We’d like to ask you to pay tribute to your dad by telling us why he’s awesome (in 50 words or less). We’ve put together a great prize package we think your dad will love:

  • A 15-pound bag of Tamaki Gold rice;
  • A bottle of premium Japanese sake from The Cherry Company; and
  • A $50 gift certificate for premium steak or seafood from the J-Shop store.

We have five prize packages available, so five lucky dads will be enjoying a great meal for Father’s Day!

I’d like to start things off by telling you why my dad is awesome:

My dad expresses his love for us through food. He is a great cook, and an even better baker. But he is exceptional at making mochi, which he makes for us on every special occasion. I think his mochi is extra good becomes it comes from his heart.

Ja, ne!

Time is running out!

If you have been watching Kuru Kuru Japan the past two weeks for clues to our promotion and you haven’t sent in your answers yet, DO IT NOW!!! The deadline for entries is tomorrow night (5/22) at 11:59pm! Remember, one lucky winner will receive two airlines tickets to Tokyo on China Airlines.

Ja, ne!

Sayonara Oyaji Samurai. Okaeri Toyama no Kinsan!

I’m sad that Oyaji Samurai ended. It was a great series starring Naoto Takenaka as the “drunken” samurai Akame Kotoji. Even thought Akame-san was small in stature, not very handsome, and loved to drink, his sword-fighting ability and the goodness of his character made him very attractive to beautiful women.

Now that Oyaji Samurai is over, get ready for Toyama no Kinsan! This series will bring back many memories for long-time KIKU viewers. The original series was very popular and ran on KIKU for many years. This new remake stars Ken Matsudaira, who will also bring back memories for KIKU viewers. He was the star of Abarenbo Shogun, another very popular series that ran on KIKU for many years. 

Kinsan is a magistrate officer who protects the common people and is tough on criminals. Similar to Abarenbo Shogun, he moves through everyday life incognito, until he discovers crime and confronts the offender. Kinsan’s symbol is a tattoo of flowering sakura on his shoulder. When he lowers his kimono and criminals see his tattoo, they confess and the case is closed!

Toyama no Kinsan begins Tuesday, May 19th at 9pm.

Ja, ne!