We Re-Air First 21 Episodes of Kirin Ga Kuru

We are excited to announce that KIKU TV will begin re-airing the first 21 episodes of Kirin Ga Kuru starting Sunday, August 2nd.
NHK has given KIKU permission to re-air these programs as we await new episodes, which were delayed due to Covid-19 shutting down production. A different episode will air each Tuesday night at 8, and Sunday night at 7.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to refresh your memory of this Taiga Drama!

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Eye On KIKU-Kirin Ga Kuru

 

EYE ON KIKU Annoucement:

Production of KIRIN GA KURU in Japan was halted for a total of three months due to COVID-19. The last episode which was provided to KIKU-TV before production was halted is Episode 21, which will air July 7th on KIKU-TV. KIKU will air Special Programming in place of Kirin Ga Kuru Starting July 14,2020 until new episodes of KIRIN GA KURU are provided. Listed below is our schedule for the special programs to air in place until further notice. We ask for your patience and support during the unexpected and temporary pause in production. Thank you.

Tuesday, 7/14, 8-9pm: Shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune – Part 1

Sunday, 7/19, 7-8pm: A Tiny School in the Mountains

Tuesday, 7/21, 8-9pm: Shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune – Part 2

Sunday, 7/26, 7-8pm: In Pursuit of Tuna

Tuesday, 7/21, 8-9pm: Shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune – Part 3 (final)

Sunday, 8/2, 7-8pm: Brave Maguro Hunters – Part 1

Tuesday, 8/4, 8-9pm: Seven Days – Part 1

Sunday, 8/9, 7-8pm: Brave Maguro Hunters – Part 2 (final)

Tuesday, 8/11, 8-9pm: Seven Days – Part 2 (final)

Sunday, 8/16, 7-8pm: Tidy Up Your Home – Part 1

Tuesday, 8/18, 8-9pm: Kirisaki Jack – Part 1

Sunday, 8/23, 7-8pm: Tidy Up Your Home – Part 2 (final)

Tuesday, 8/25, 8-9pm: Kirisaki Jack – Part 2 (final)

Sunday, 8/30, 7-8pm: Izakaya Moheji 3 – Part 1

Tuesday, 9/1, 8-9pm: Detective Inukai – Part 1

Sunday, 9/6, 7-8pm: Izakaya Moheji 3 – Part 2 (final)

Tuesday, 9/8, 8-9pm: Detective Inukai – Part 2 (final)

Oshin

KIKU’s re-airing of Oshin began on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, and ends tonight, Tuesday,  January 14, 2020. Thank you for letting us into your homes and your hearts for the last 50 weeks. We’ve loved reading your comments about how Oshin touched you and your families. Please feel free to share more comments here.

 

We are sharing some comments posted before.

  • Thank you for Re-airing Oshin. When it first aired back in the 80’s, my family would have dinner at my grandmas house, the six of us huddled around the tv watching what would unfold. 30+ years later, it continues to bring my family together, as my father and mother -in-law and I talk about what’s happened the night before or what’s to come in Oshin’s life. As a little girl myself, back in the 80s, Im pretty sure I wasn’t *watching* it like my parents were, but I remember clearly it’s effect on my family, and how they would speak of Oshin. And today, I certainly share those same feelings, and appreciation of the program. In documenting the hardships, perseverance, and resilience of Oshin Tanokura, this show masterfully shares Japan’s history and it’s culture throughout history, and all the while documenting how things have changed as the decades have passed (ex. How technology changed businesses; how interactions and expectations within specific relationships (husband/wife, MIL/DIL) had changed). As you can tell, I am a huge fan; and am thankful I was able to appreciate this as an adult as my parents had before me. (by Terri Koyanagi)
  • Happy New Year’s! Thank you so much for Oshin. Oshin really became apart of my life this past year!! I hope one day KIKU may consider bringing in another Asadorama morning drama like Oshin to Hawaii. The formatting was very unique and something my ohana has come to enjoy so much. Mahalo again KIKU, wishing you all a healthy New Year, and looking forward to the next Taiga Drama. (by Eric)
  • Before Oshin, I was only interested in Samurai movies like Zatoishi and lone wolf, But Oshin is masterpiece like no other! It is study of Japanese history, culture, and people during that period. It also represents a broad spectrum of human nature in it’s most intense form. Thank you for Oshin! (by Lief Koyanagi)
  • once again I am saddened by the ending of a show that I enjoyed watching. personally there were lessons to learn from in today’s world of living and to survive. I don’t think I will forget the story of Oshin. looking forward to other dramas and series. programs that I can learn from and enjoy. just three more episodes of Oshin and I never missed an episode. thank you so much. (by maluhia kauanoe)
  • Truly enjoyed watching Oshin. Hope to watch more classic dramas in 2020. A replay of Oshin would be nice. (by Carolyn C Inouye)
  • Oshin is the bomb! Is there anyway that one can purchase the DVDS…?? I even had a friend in Japan to find them but they will not be with English subtitles. This is a great TV series of drama and history! (by thehauoli)
  • Oshin has totally got my attention from episode one just viewed Sunday/Tuesday episodes WOW the transformation of each actress. The age process of Oshin, to me was smoothe, in my mind I still can visualize Oshin the little feisty girl, the teenager that became a tough resilient mature woman who took care of her family and now a much older Oshin. Still. feisty and resilient but her state of mind is tough. (by maluhia kauanoe)

 

2019 Taiga Drama and Oshin

Happy New Year!

You may have already heard that KIKU will not be airing NHK’s 2019 Taiga Drama, Idaten. I wanted to provide you with a little bit of background behind this.

Each year since 1963, NHK has produced a year-long taiga drama based on the life of a key figure in Japanese history. KIKU first began airing NHK’s taiga dramas around 1993, and has been airing them every year since.

Next year, for the first time in 25 years, KIKU will not be airing NHK’s taiga drama.

The 2020 Summer Olympics are scheduled to take place in Tokyo, and to gear up, NHK produced Idaten, a taiga drama based upon two historical figures who shaped Japanese Olympics history. Idaten utilizes historical Olympic footage, and because of the strict rules governing the use of this footage in the U.S., KIKU is prohibited from airing it.

NHK requested and received permission from the IOC to air Idaten on its affiliated cable station, TV Japan, with the understanding that because this station is targeted to Japanese-speaking viewers only; there would be no English subtitles. So Idaten is being shown in the U.S., after all, but only on TV Japan.

Faced with the knowledge we would not be able to air Idaten, we thought long and hard about a program to replace it.

We considered airing a taiga drama produced prior to 1993, the first year we began airing the taiga drama.

We even considered re-airing a taiga drama we had aired before.

In the end, we decided to bring back a well-loved program that many of you have requested over and over: Oshin.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Oshin, it is a story about the life of a woman, beginning from the time she was only seven years old and continuing through the end of her life.

More than that, it is a story of hardship, perseverance, determination, and courage.

If you have not seen Oshin before, it is a program worth watching. If you have, it is a program worth watching again.

KIKU-TV is proud to present Oshin in 2019. New episodes will air each Tuesday and Sunday nights, starting February 5 at 8pm and February 10 at 7pm.

Please don’t miss it!

And again, Happy New Year from all of us at KIKU.

Lone Wolf With Cub

Thank you to all of you who have called or written to let us know you are enjoying the Lone Wolf with Cub series. This show was one of my personal favorites when I was growing up, and I’m so glad we were finally able to get it on KIKU. It took us more than five years to work out the details, but isn’t it worth it?

Let us know if you agree.

Ja, ne!

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

 

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

 

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!