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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have a contest starting on Monday with a grand prize being airline tickets for two people from Honolulu to Tokyo on China Airlines!
To enter the contest, you need to watch Kuru Kuru Japan for the next two weeks for clues of 10 Tokyo landmarks. (Kuru Kuru Japan airs Mondays through Fridays from 6:30-7pm on KIKU.)
Each night from May 4th through May 8th and May 11th to May 15th, a different Tokyo location will be shown in Kuru Kuru Japan. Write down all 10 locations plus your name, address and phone number, and send or email this to KIKU-TV. We will randomly pick a winner from all of the entries with the correct 10 locations.
The airline tickets are provided by China Airlines. Did you know China Airlines has daily direct flights from Honolulu to Tokyo (Narita)?
For more information, check the rules information posted here on our website.
Even if you don’t like boxing, you’ve probably heard about the upcoming May 2nd fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. Some are calling it the biggest boxing match of all time. Certainly, it is the biggest fight in the careers of both fighters.
What is at stake, win or lose, for both of these legendary fighters? Beyond the title, money, fame and glory, it is the boxing history LEGACY both champions are fighting for.
Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao is a champion in eight different weight classes. His legacy is secure, but this upcoming bout is not just about winning another title. For Pacquiao, it is the battle between good and evil.
Undefeated Floyd Mayweather is said to be obsessed with the idea of his legacy. The idea that he is TBE — The Best Ever — will be proven if he beats Pacquiao.
On the road to the ultimate showdown, KIKU will be airing a half hour documentary produced by Balitang America with on-scene interviews and reports from the training camps of both fighters. KIKU will be airing this special four times before the fight:
Sunday, 4/26, 2015 – 4-4:30pm
Thursday, 4/30/15 – 8-8:30pm
Friday, 5/1/15 – 12N-12:30pm
Fri, 5/1/15 – 10-10:30pm
Even if you don’t like boxing, the symbolism of this match makes it one to watch.
We often receive comments from viewers asking for more information about dramas airing on KIKU. Sometimes people just want to know how many episodes are in the series and when it will end. Other times, we are asked for the names of actors appearing in those dramas, and other series they’ve appeared in. And sometimes we are asked about the theme songs and the performers of those songs.
A lot of this information is available on the internet, but what’s makes searching difficult is we often change the titles of the series from the original Japanese titles.
We do this for two reasons: first is because the Japanese title may be long and complicated, and difficult to remember if English is your first language. And second, because the literal translation from Japanese to English doesn’t always make sense. When we change a title, we try to come up with one that best describes the spirit or essence of the show. Here are a few examples of original Japanese titles and the English titles we assigned those dramas:
Yoidore Kotouji – Oyaji Samurai
110k Keiji – Fat Detective
Hanayome Noren – Behind the Noren
Naruyouni Narusa – Let It Be
Wataru Seken wa Onibakari – Making It Through
So, we apologize if this makes it harder for you to search for information about the shows. Our goal is actually to make it easier to understand what the show is about.
We hope you have enjoyed the Kuru Kuru Japan episodes featuring Ishizuka-san (aka The Fat Detective. Tonight, a new series of Kuru Kuru Japan shows begin. These are titled “What’s Hot in Japan” and are produced by a variety of stations with a variety of hosts. Some of the shows are more educational than food-oriented, but they are all about interesting topics relating to different places around Japan. And with that, Kuru Kuru Japan lives up to its name.
If you’ve been to a traditional Japanese restaurant or inn, chances are you’ve passed through a noren — or curtain — at the entrance. (Noren are those fabric room dividers, usually with vertical slits cut at the bottom.)
This Sunday, we begin a new series we are calling Behind the Noren. The actual title of this show is Hanayome Noren, which literally translates to Bridal Curtain.
The series is about the fiery relationship between the madam of an old-style Japanese inn (ryokan) and her new daughter-in-law, a former career woman.
Naoko is the career woman who was working in Tokyo before marrying the eldest son of a family that owns a distinguished traditional inn in Kanazawa. Naoko’s new mother-in-law, Shino, views her as an outsider and refuses to accept her.
However, when Naoko’s husband Sosuke abruptly disappears one day, leaving behind a large debt, Naoko tells Shino about her plan to work at the inn to pay off Sosuke’s debts.
This is a family drama about the laughs, tears, and battles between a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law that go on in the inn “behind the curtain”. Hence, our title: Behind the Noren.
Sundays, 9-10pm, beginning 3/22/15. Hope you enjoy this!
You’ll have even more reasons to stay at home on Sunday nights starting this weekend.
Do you remember the show Let It Be? This is the drama we aired last year about a middle-aged couple whose three sons have grown and moved out, leaving them with a large empty house. With her sons gone, instead of taking it easy, the wife, Aya, decides to live her dream and opens a café in their home.
The drama was about the people Aya hires to work in the café, and the relationships that develop between Aya, her husband, and their young workers. It was a very heart-warming drama written and produced by Fukuko Ishii, the same person who wrote the long-running Making It Through series. Her mastery at telling stories dealing with true-to-life issues and relationships is obvious when you watch her shows.
This Sunday, 3/15, we will air a 1-1/2 hour premier of Let it Be 2 starting at 8pm. Please don’t miss it!
Next Sunday, 3/22, we premier another drama series. I’ll write about Behind the Noren in my next blog.