There is only one more episodes of the 53rd Taiga drama, Strategist Kanbe, remaining. We will air the final episode on Tuesday, January 27th, with a retelecast on Sunday, February 1st.
The next (54th) Taiga drama is titled Hana Moyu, which literally translates to “burning flower”. It is presumed that the burning flower this title refers to is Fumi Sugi, a woman who was part of the Choshu clan from Satsuma Prefecture.
Fumi was a somewhat obscure, behind-the-scenes figure in the Meiji Restoration era. She was the younger sister of Shoin Yoshida, who was a well known educator and activist who helped spur the Meiji Restoriation. Fumi was a strong supporter of her brother, and after he was imprisoned and executed, she continued to influence others to support Shoin’s teachings and philosophies.
Although Fumi was not well-known, her contributions did make a difference to modern day Japan; many of Japan’s future leaders emerged from the Choshu domain, and this can be attributed to her strong spirit and determination behind the scenes. She was truly a burning flower.
Hana moyu begins with a 1-1/2 hour episode on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015, at 8pm.
Were you one of the people who lost electricity on January 2nd? I know my home was without power for at least six hours.
Many of you told us you were not able to watch our New Year’s special, The Stork’s Nest, that night because you were without electricity. In answer to your requests, we will be re-airing the special next Friday night, January 23rd, from 8-10pm.
The Stork’s Nest is about a hospital in Kumamoto City that decided to do something to help single mothers or parents unable to raise their children who were desperate and considering abandoning their children rather than face the stigma of dishonor and shame from society.
The caring directors of the hospital converted part of the facility to accommodate people so they could anonymously deposit unwanted babies, knowing they’d be cared for. Response was overwhelming and soon mothers from across the country were coming to deposit babies at the hospital.
This drama tells the story of the creation of “Stork’s Nest” and depicts the lives of some of the mothers who came to use the “nest”.
In Japanese, kuru kuru means to go round and round. And that’s exactly what our new Kuru Kuru Japan shows are about. Shows that take you all around Japan, with a focus on the delicious foods and interesting places that can be found throughout the country.
Kuru Kuru Japan runs Monday through Friday from 6:30-7pm. If you love Soko ga Shiritai, you’ll love Kuru Kuru Japan!
We try to have at least one program in the jidaigeki genre airing on KIKU at any given time. (Jidaigeiki refers to period dramas, usually about the lives of samurai.)
But we have FOUR jidaigeki programs airing in October:
1. Our taiga drama, Strategist Kanbe, which airs Tuesdays at 8pm and replays on Wednesday at 12 noon and Sunday at 7pm.
2. Mission to Kill, which airs Tuesdays at 9pm and replays on Wednesdays at 1pm.
3. Hidamari no ki, which airs Thursdays at 8pm and replays on Fridays at noon.
4. And Ninja Sarutobi III, which airs Fridays at 8pm and replays Saturdays at 7pm.
October is a great month for jidaigeki lovers. But come November, the theme will be modern dramas. I’ll share more with you about that later.
In an earlier post, I told you that the Mariko series that begins on Thursday, October 2 at 9pm was the 7th in the series. That is incorrect. It is the 11th in the series! Please be sure to watch it this Thursday.
In other news, Giselle “G” Tongi, host of our Kababayan Today show was in Hawaii this week, taping segments for her show. Kababayan Today airs Monday-Friday, 3:30-4pm and on Sundays from 4-4:30pm right here on KIKU. I’ll be posting about the upcoming Hawaii segments soon.
Did you see Yasu last night? I’m curious to hear what you thought of it.
If you missed it last night, be sure to watch it today (Tuesday) at noon. It is a heartwarming story about the love and struggles between a father and his son.
One of the detective dramas KIKU used to air regularly was Investigator Mariko, or Inspector Mariko. This series aired on KIKU around the late 90’s through 2010. In one of my earlier blogs, I asked if this was a series you wanted to see again and the response was very positive.
So we are bringing Investigator Mariko back! We will kick off her return with a two hour special on Wednesday, September 10th (during our Autumn Specials week), and the drama (#7 in the series) will begin three weeks later on Thursday, October 2nd, at 9pm, following the conclusion of Partners 10.
Investigator Mariko is about a crime lab in the Kyoto Police Department. Mariko Sakaki, the main character, is a lab agent who practices forensic medicine using blood, hair and DNA samples in addition to traditional investigative methods to solve crimes.
Don’t miss the Investigator Mariko special on September 10th at 8pm!
More about our other Autumn specials next week.
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!
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.
“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