A Summer of Specials

 

We are re-airing a number of special programs this summer. If you missed them the first time, I hope you will catch them this time.

We began a couple of Fridays ago with Sore ga Shiritai. Last night, we aired Yasu. Here is a list of the other specials we will be airing in the coming weeks:

Fri, 8/14 – 9-10pm: Big Family in a Small Village, Part 1

Wed, 8/19 – 8-10pm: The Housekeeper 2

Fri, 8/21 – 9-10pm: Big Family in a Small Village, Part 2

Wed, 8/26 – 8-9:30pm: A Pierrot Praying for the Moon

Wed, 9/2 – 8-10:30pm: Love or Duty: Samurai Rebellion

Wed, 9/9 – 8-10:30pm: Shinzanmono Special

Wed, 9/23 – 8-10pm: The Stork’s Nest

Wed, 9/30 – 8-10pm: Letter to Mom in Heaven

We will also be airing a whole week of new special programs the week of September 14. I’ll share more about these programs with you next time.

Ja, ne!

 

Trivia Question Follow-up

We now have the three winners to our trivia question! Congratulations to the winners for identifying these three actors appearing in shows currently airing on KIKU:

Hiroaki Murakami – in Zenigata Heiji (historical) and Love and Deceit (modern)

Mayumi Wakamura – in Hana Moyu (historical) and Love and Deceit (modern) or Investigator Mariko (modern)

Kanji Tsuda – in Hana Moyu (historical) and Behind the Noren (modern)

We also wanted to share that our viewers are more knowledgeable than us! We thought there were only three actors who qualified as answers to this trivia question, and were surprised to learn (from our viewers) that there are three more actors we hadn’t thought of! They are:

Tsuyoshi (or Takashi) Naito – in Hana Moyu (historical) and Investigator Mariko (modern)

Hirotaro Honda – Hana Moyu (historical) and The Last Policeman (modern)

Rena Tanaka – in Hana Moyu (historical) and Love and Deceit (modern)

We love that you found these actors we hadn’t thought of. Thank you for playing!

Ja, ne!

The Curtain is Closing

This Sunday (8/9), we are airing the final two episodes of Behind the Noren. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that this is just the end of the first season of the series. We will begin airing the second season of Behind the Noren early next year. And for those of you who missed this series from the beginning, we will retelevise the entire first series starting September 22nd.

Ja, ne!

 

Trivia Question

On KIKU, we air a combination of modern dramas and historical/samurai dramas. Since the same actors often appear in both modern and historical dramas, it’s always interesting to see an actor in a modern drama dressed in a business suit or dress, and recognize them in a historical drama with the traditional hairstyle (chonmage or nihongami) and kimono.

As a matter of fact, there are three actors/actresses appearing in both a modern and a historical drama that are currently airing on KIKU.

CAN YOU NAME THEM?

I have three KIKU-TV shirts to give away. The first person to name one of the actors and the two shows they appear in will receive one of the shirts. (Once that actor is named and the shirt is given away, you need to identify the next actor.) Only one shirt per person will be given away so if you know all three, don’t reveal them all. Post your answers using the Comments section.

Good luck!

 

Zenigata Heiji

This Tuesday night (7/21) at 9pm, we premier Zenigata Heiji! This, like the Toyama no Kinsan series we just finished airing, is a remake of an original samurai series. Does anyone remember the original Zenigata Heiji shows? The most notable actor who played Heiji was Hashizo Okawa. He played this role for 18 years (1966-1984), and I understand this earned him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running actor playing the same character in a one-hour series.

Despite that, many KIKU viewers associate Kinya Kitaoji as Zenigata Heiji. He played the role for seven years, from 1991-1998.

Our series remake stars Hiroaki Murakami as Zenigata Heiji. Please tune in to catch this series about a police who catches criminals by throwing coins at them.

Ja, ne!

p.s. Although you won’t see Kinya Kitaoji in this Zenigata Heiji remake, the good news is that you can see him in other shows on KIKU, including Hana Moyu, and Doctor X 3, which begins in September.

Partners 11

I’ve mentioned it before, but here’s a reminder that Partners 11 starts tomorrow night (Thursday, 6/18) at 9pm. The first episode is in two parts, with the second part airing next Thursday, the 25th. This is the 11th in the Partners series! It’s still really popular in Japan, where they are currently airing series #13.

The Japanese word for Partners is Aibou, so if you want to get more information on this show on the internet, use the word “Aibou”.

Don’t forget Sunday is Father’s Day, so get your “My Dad Is Awesome Because…” entries in before midnight tonight!

Ja, ne

Detective Night

 

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?

Mochiron!

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.

Ja, ne!

Sayonara Oyaji Samurai. Okaeri Toyama no Kinsan!

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.

Ja, ne!