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!
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.
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?
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?
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!
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.