Autumn Specials

I haven’t been blogging much lately. I was dealing with some health issues, but I’ll be posting regularly (weekly) from now on.

And just in time! Our week of Autumn Specials is coming up. This year, we’ll be airing our specials the week of September 8th through the 14th.

We’ll be putting Soko ga Shiritai on hiatus that week, and have a six-night special titled “Ill Still Love You in 10 Years” airing each night Monday through Saturday from 7-8pm that week. This is a somewhat complicated romantic drama about a woman named Rika who is unlucky in love. One day, Rika meets a man who tells her he is her husband from 10 years in the future.  He says he has traveled back in time to prevent their marriage. You’ll want to watch all six episodes to see what reason there could be for him to travel back in time to undo Rika’s happiness.

At 8pm on Monday night (9/8), is a heartwarming drama titled Yasu. This is about the unbreakable bond that forms between a father and son after a freak accident caused by the son results in his mom’s death. Yasu, the father, commits his life to raising his son alone, with the goal of shielding his son from the truth about his mother’s death.

I’ll be posting again soon with more news about our Autumn specials. But don’t make plans to go out to dinner that week; you’ll want to be at home to watch our specials!

Ja, ne!

Partners 10

 

Tomorrow is the night! Partners 10 begins with a two-part episode Thursday night (4/24) at 9pm. The second part airs next Thursday, 5/1, at 9pm.

And don’t forget to also catch the first episode of Doctor X II, on Monday, 4/28, at 9pm! Let me know what you think of her new shorter hair style.

Ja, ne!

How to tame a Beast

 
“Beast Mode” Marshawn Lynch, running back for the Superbowl Champion, Seattle Seahawks, has been criticized for refusing to speak to reporters. Barely fulfilling his media “obligations” he has a history of being late and leaving early from interviews. Lynch was fined $50,000 for not talking to the Seattle media during the season and the NFL threatened to fine him $100,000.

One reporter, however, has managed to get lengthy interviews with the elusive Lynch. How? Emi Koike charmed and weakened Beast Mode with his “Kryptonite”….candy (I’m sure being cute and Asian didn’t hurt either).

For those of you who don’t know, Marshawn Lynch loves Skittles and eats them on the sidelines during games. His mom, Delisa Lynch, gave young Marshawn Skittles in his Pop Warner years. “When Marshawn was 12 or 13, we’d go to his games and I’d always have little candies in my purse. Before the game, I would say, ‘Here Marshawn, come and get you power pellets.’” Marshawn’s Skittles consumption continued during his career at Oakland Technical High School, carried over to his days at the University of California at Berkeley, and followed him to the Seattle Seahawks and the Superbowl.

M&M’s may make friends but Japanese candy can get you an interview with a Superbowl champ. Again it helps to be a cute Japanese reporter with credentials. LOL

NFL JAPAN’s Emi Koike’s Marshawn Lynch interview in January 2014…

NFL JAPAN’s Emi Koike talks to Marshawn Lynch again at Super Bowl Media Day…click below
http://www.nfljapan.com/streaming/20140130-4339.html#ooid=NkbWRnazqzIB1Vl8ypI8sxzhsOYCbXJ4

Did you buy a Mother’s Day gift yet?

 

If not, here’s a way for you to win a trip for two to Las Vegas for your mom.

For the past few years, KIKU has been running a Mother’s Day haiku contest. People send in a haiku written about their mom, and we randomly select one lucky winner to receive a Vacations Hawaii trip for two to Las Vegas.

We changed things up a bit this year. Instead of  a haiku contest, we’re asking you to tell us why your mom is ichiban (#1). And you have to do it in 30 words of less. As an example, here’s what I wrote about my mom:

“My mom is ichiban because she’s always doing things for other people. She makes intricate, hand-designed, hand-sewn patchwork quilts and gifts them to family, friends, and even strangers.” (Whew…just made the 30 word cutoff!)

If you don’t already have a gift for your mom yet, tell us why she’s ichiban and you might just win her a trip to Las Vegas. There are also five great runner-up prizes — $100 gift certificates to either Hakone or The Prince Court restaurants at the Hawaii Prince Hotel.

Even if you don’t win one of the prizes, wouldn’t your mom just love knowing why you think she’s ichiban?

Ja, ne!

The Shower Scene?

 

Last night was the last episode of Doubles. Many people have commented that they really enjoyed this series. But it did not dawn on me until today that maybe the reason they liked it so much was for the shower scene in each episode.  And the only reason I realized this is because one of my cousins has a blog (which I read daily) and in today’s blog, she commented that the thing about the show she looked forward to most each week was the shower scene! (My cousin Jalna is too funny!)

Does anybody else feel this way?

What’s Your Favorite Detective Drama?

 

Detective dramas are big in Japan, and we normally have one or two on our schedule at the same time (in addition to our Mystery Theatre, which is usually also a detective-type drama). Right now, we are airing Doubles (Thursdays at 8pm) and Partners 9 (Thursdays at 9pm). Partners is a long-time favorite amongst our viewers, but we’ve also heard that a lot of you like Doubles.  You’ve told us that your other favorites are the Asami Mystery Theatre series and our Fat Detective series. (Stay tuned for news about Fat Detective 2.) Do any of you remember the Investigator Mariko series? We are considering bringing new episodes of this back.

Which is your favorite? Are you interested in seeing Investigator Mariko again?

Getting back to the current detective series, both dramas are ending soon. The last episode of Doubles is next Thursday, April 3rd. The following week — on April 10th — we begin a new drama titled “853″. This stars Yasufumi Terawaki as Detective Shinnosuke Kamo. The number 853 refers to the busy precinct where Detective Kamo used to work. That is, before he accidentally (?) shot a criminal in his custody. After the shooting incident, Detective Kamo was reassigned to a smaller rural jurisdiction.

For 10 years, Detective Kamo keeps his nose to the grind despite his demotion to a smaller precinct. But one day, he is called upon to put his excellent detective skills back to work in the 853.

The last episode of Partners 9 airs on April 17th. The following week, we begin airing Partners 10! Did you know that in Japan, they are already airing Partners 12?

Last week, I wrote about jidaigeki, and mentioned a new show we will begin airing on April 4th titled “Mission to Kill”. (This is about assassins who are hired by victims to avenge their crimes.) Although this program is a samurai drama, I would consider it a detective drama, too, because the samurai police are tasked with solving the crimes, just like modern detectives.

Tune in to all our different detective dramas!

Ja, ne.

 

 

Are you a fan of Jidaigeki?

Recently, we’ve been airing more jidaigeki shows. Do you know jidaigeki? Basically, it refers to a genre of programs usually described as samurai dramas.

A popular series that aired on KIKU for many years — Abarenbo Shogun — was an example of jidaigeki. And the program that just finished airing, Ninja Sarutobi III, was also jidaigeki. We just began airing a new show on Tuesday nights at 9pm, Hidamari no Ki, which is also jidaigeki.

Typically, jidaigeki are historical dramas depicting people living most often in the Edo period. And although I described the genre earlier as samurai dramas, jidaigeki is also about the lives of merchants, farmers, craftsmen, and other everyday people.

On April 4, we will begin another jidaigeki series. This one is called Mission to Kill (Japanese name: Hissatsu Shigotonin). This drama is about assassins who are hired by victims of crime to avenge the crimes committed against them. Hiring an assassin is also a crime, but when you learn about the victims, you come to understand their motivation.

Please watch all our jidaigeki shows and let me know if you’re a fan.

Ja, ne!

 

Nandemo Kantedan – Japanese Antiques Roadshow

Are you familiar with PBS’s Antiques Roadshow? Experts knowledgeable in various fields, such as art, furniture, jewelry, ceramics, and many other specialties (even weapons), travel around the country and evaluate items people bring to them. In many cases, the items may have been in their families for years, passed down through generations. In other cases, people purchased the items at garage sales or flea markets without knowing whether the item has true value or is just a piece of junk. And in still other cases, people have consciously collected the item as an investment.

Whatever the case, it’s always interesting to hear an expert’s opinion about the market value of a product that may have just been collecting dust in someone’s home for years.

There is a television show in Japan similar to Antiques Roadshow. It’s called Nandemo Kantedan, which literally translates to ‘experts in anything’.

A film crew from Nandemo Kantedan is in Hawaii this week, along with several antique experts from Japan. They are here to evaluate items — primarily Japanese antique items — that may have been brought to Hawaii from Japan, and to provide their expert opinions about the authenticity and/or value of those items.

If you have something that has been passed down to you by your parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents, and you always wondered about its value and authenticity, these experts will be at the Moiliili Community Center this weekend — March 15 and 16, from 10am-6pm in Room 303. No appointment is necessary; just bring your valuables. And good luck!

Ja, ne!

 

Schmall Kine Sumo

In the 90s Sumo was all the rage in Hawaii. Bruddah Iz sang “Akebono…Musashimaru…and Konishiki” as our home grown local Sumotori quickly ascended to the ranks of Ozeki and Yokuzuna. The matches and rivalries were awesome against the great Chiyonofuji and the Hanada brothers.

One of the more entertaining Sumotori because of his diminutive size was Mainoumi. At 5’7″ and a “slim” 216 pounds, Mainoumi was a David amongst the Sumo Goliaths yet managed to climb to the rank of Komusubi in the top makuuchi division. Initially failing the Sumo Association’s physical entrance exam because he didn’t meet the minimum height requirement, Mainoumi got a silicone implant on the top of his head! LOL. He was the Sumotori facing off against Konishiki in the Sports Illustrated “Meat Bomb” article.

Nicknamed “Waza no Depaato” (Department Store of Techniques), Mainoumi, used up to 33 different techniques to juke and out finesse his much larger opponents. Coming off the line at the tachi-ai, he used to clap his hands in front of his opponent’s face as an attempt to throw him off….hilarious and sometimes effective. Other times might made right and he got squashed. Mainoumi was never the same after Sale fell on him in a match he ironically won, and broke his leg.

Who is/was your favorite Sumotori?

K-den,
Paul

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Mainoumi vs. Sale da “Meat Bomb”

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what a short Sumotori does with a silicone implant

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Mainoumi (Shuhei Nagao) is now a TV personality, and does color announcing for Sumo broadcasts

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Bruddah Chad, first foreign born Yokuzuna! Did you have an Akebono POG back in the day?

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da boyz….Hanadas, Akebono, Musashimaru

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The great Chiyonofuji…31 tournament championships!

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Thumb Up or Thumbs Down?

How do you feel about the Making It Through specials we’ve been airing the past three Sundays? On one hand, isn’t it great having the show back after they stopped production of the series? But on the other hand, it’s only.four.hours. It’s like a tiny little teaser, getting us all back into the Okakura family’s dramas, only to be gone again after this Sunday. If they make more specials, should we air them? What do you think? Thumbs up or thumbs down?

We have several new specials starting this month you need to check out:

Let It Be is about a middle-aged couple that is about to experience an empty nest. Daigo and Aya Nagashima have raised three sons. When their youngest son gets married, Daigo, thinking his wife will be lonely, decides to retire and take his wife on a trip around the world. But his wife has other ideas. She can finally be her own woman and do whatever she wants. Watch this series beginning Sunday, March 9, from 9-10pm, to see what Aya’s plans are and whether they include Daigo.

The next new drama is Otome-san, which begins Sunday, March 16, from 8-9pm. Otome-san is the Japanese term for mother-in-law. Traditionally, relationships between mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law are full of tension and strife. At least that’s how Asako Mizusawa’s relationship was with her mother-in-law. She lived with constant nagging and criticism from her husband’s mother, and was determined to have a different relationship with her daughter-in-law if her son ever married. So what happens when her son does marry?

The third new drama is Hidamari no Ki, a samurai drama beginning on Tuesday, March 18, from 9-10pm. This is set in the year 1855, the year following the Treaty of Peace and Amity between Japan and the U.S. A 26-year-old samurai, Manjiro Ibuya, has succeeded his father, and tries to make a name for himself by training more seriously than everyone else. This irritates the other samurai, and Manjiro constantly encounters trouble with other samurai, even his friends.

Catch our three new series starting in March!

Ja, ne!