To our viewers who subscribe to Oceanic (Spectrum):

Oceanic (Spectrum) is making changes to the services they provide to cable subscribers. If you are a Spectrum subscriber and you currently connect the cable line directly into your television (versus through a cable box), you will lose the ability to receive any channels within the next month. You may have already received a notice from Spectrum informing you of this. Please do not ignore the notice. You will need to order equipment by February 13, 2018, in order to continue to watch KIKU and other channels on your television.

If you already have an existing set-top-box, you should not be affected by this change.

Kohaku (Red and White Song Contest) Poll

Thank you for participating in our Kohaku poll and sharing your comments regarding the show. The results were overwhelmingly and resoundingly in favor of us continuing to air the Red and White Song Contest.

It was especially heartening to read your comments. Many of you wrote about Kohaku being a long-standing New Year’s tradition in your homes. Others reminisced of watching the show with your grandparents and parents when you were children. Many shared that Kohaku keeps you connected to your Japanese culture. And even those of you who prefer enka had positive, thoughtful comments about how Japan is changing, and Kohaku needs to change with the times.

So thank you again for letting us know how you feel. Your feedback is valued and appreciated.

Happy New Year!

Phyllis Kihara

 

KANSAI UNIVERSITY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

KANSAI UNIVERSITY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

 “Fieldwork research on local companies and institutes in Hawaii”

 

In 2014, the Japanese government’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology certified Kansai University Senior High School as a Super Global High School in recognition of the school’s dedication to preparing students to serve as global leaders. One example of this is a special program called “Overseas Study Tour”, in which Kansai University Senior High School students conduct fieldwork both domestically and internationally on topics such as global society and global business.

KIKU-TV is honored to have been selected by Kansai University Senior High School as one of the companies its students visited for their fieldwork in Hawaii.

Five students from the school visited KIKU-TV on October 30, 2017: Kana, Raiki, Rikako, Rina, and Shuhei. We found them to be intelligent, well-rounded (in sports, music, and academics), very well prepared, and full of tough questions about our business. They left a strong, positive impression on us, and we are confident Japan’s future is bright in the hands of young people like these.

Last year’s students produced a fieldwork book after they returned to Japan. This year’s students will also be creating a book. We hope we were able to contribute some good material for their book.

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And they gave us this nice souvenir. It’s an original Kawara-Senbei with their logo!! Yummy-yummy!!

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Special thanks to Kana, Raiki, Rikako, Rina, and Shuhei.
See you someday!
Aloha

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KIKU-TV Won an Award!!

We are very honored for winning an award at the 38th Annual Telly Awards.

This award was presented for KIKU’s original segment “Ammoyo Kadi” under the category of TV Broadcast/Cultural Programming, in recognition of its educational value and providing a service to the community. The short-segment we won the award for is about traditional Filipino tattoos.

Go to check the segment in archives.

This is the trophy!!

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Sayonara to Soko ga Shiritai

Yes, we’re saying sayonara to Soko ga Shiritai. After more than 20 years on KIKU, this Friday, 3/24/17, will be the last time we play the show.

We are sad, excited and nervous all at the same time. Sad because Soko ga Shiritai has been such a regular part of our lives for so long. The show had a great concept and was very well produced. It took us to Japan’s famous sites as well as its not so famous quaint back alleys, all the while sharing interesting things about the places, people, and foods of Japan. Its visiting reporters were people we could relate to, and they asked questions we were curious about, too. To this day, people still tell me their interest in visiting Japan was first spurred by watching Soko ga Shiritai.

Excited because although it’s the end of an era, it’s time to learn new things, see new places, and meet new people! We are the first to admit Soko ga Shiritai episodes are dated and have been played and replayed. And replayed. But it’s been difficult to find a replacement, especially at a price we could afford. Japanese programming is extremely expensive, which has made finding a replacement for Soko ga Shiritai extremely challenging. But you deserve to see the Japan of today and we’re excited to share more current programs about Japan with you.

And finally, nervous because there is no show being produced today that is exactly like Soko ga Shiritai. Many have tried to imitate it, but no one show is an exact replica. And since Soko ga Shiritai is no longer being produced, our solution has been to find a series of different programs with similar concepts that focus on the places, people, and foods of Japan. The first in this series is a program titled “Kaze ni Fukarete” or “The Current”. You’ll even recognize one of the hosts, Hiroshi Sekiguchi, from another KIKU show, Dotchi.  Please give these new shows a try and let us know what you think.

To usher in Soko ga Japan, we’re giving away a trip for two to Japan! Please tune in to Soko ga Japan starting Monday, March 27 for a chance to win. Each Monday and Thursday, we’ll be giving you a clue about somewhere in Japan. Each Tuesday and Friday, we’ll be giving you the answer to the previous night’s clue. There will be two questions/answers per week for five weeks. Collect the correct answers for all five weeks, then send in your 10 answers to KIKU-TV. We will randomly select a winner from all of the correct entries.

Monday – clue

Tuesday – answer to Monday’s clue

Thursday – clue

Friday – answer to Thursday’s clue

Thank you for supporting KIKU-TV and Soko ga Shiritai for so many years. We look forward to sharing more of Japan with you through Soko ga Japan.

Ja, ne!

 

Sayonara “SOKO GA SHIRITAI”, Aloha “SOKO GA JAPAN”

Sayonara “SOKO GA SHIRITAI”

For more than 20 years, KIKU-TV and SOKO GA SHIRITAI have entertained, informed, and charmed you with stories of Japan. Sadly we are ending it and it will end on Friday 3/24/2017.

 

 

Aloha “SOKO GA JAPAN”

We will start brand new series “SOKO GA JAPAN” from Monday 3/27/2017.

We will continue to satisfy your need to know about the best food, the most interesting people, and the most beautiful places in Japan…TODAY!

And to celebrate, KIKU-TV will have Watch and Win promotion which can send you to Japan! Watch SOKO GA JAPAN to find out how you can enter to win a trip to Japan for two!
Ja ne!
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Go to “SOKO GA JAPAN” page

 

Filipino Fiesta

KIKU-TV will be at the Filipino Fiesta tomorrow (Saturday, May 14)! Please come visit our booth and take a picture with Giselle Tongi from Kababayan Today! Or, spin our prize wheel for a special gift! The Filipino Fiesta takes place from 9am to 5pm at Kapiolani Park. See you there!

Love him or hate him?

One of the most popular drama series on KIKU is Doctors (Saikyou no Meii). We just began airing the third season of this series this past Monday at 8pm.

Some would say that the show’s popularity is due to the handsome actor, Ikki Sawamura, who stars as the highly principled and capable Dr. Sagara. Dr. Sagara is employed at Dogami General Hospital, a private facility that is struggling to regain its integrity amid a reputation of greed and corrupt management practices. Dr. Sagara’s nemesis at the hospital is the director’s nephew, Dr. Suguru Moriyama, played by actor Masanobu Takashima. The two are constantly at odds over hospital practices and patient treatments.

In my opinion, Masanobu Takashima is the real star of the show. He plays an immature, self-centered, spoiled doctor yearning for attention and acknowledgment. He’s such a good actor because each episode makes you hate Dr. Moriyama and his selfish tactics even more. But you also see a vulnerable side to him that makes him likeable, too.

What do you think? Do you love him or hate him?

Ja, ne!

Doctors #3 is coming!!!

One of the most popular and most requested series on KIKU is coming back for a third season: Doctors 3. Once again, the handsome, kind, and capable Dr. Sagara will have to use his subtle (and sometimes devious) skills to make things happen at Dogami General Hospital, especially when dealing with his nemesis, the ambitious and egotistical Dr. Moriyama.

Doctors 3 begins Monday, March 21, at 8pm. There are nine episodes in this series. The Japanese title is Saikyou no Meii.

Ja, ne!