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!
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)
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.
Last week, we aired the 50th and final episode of Hana Moyu, which was NHK’s 54th Taiga drama. Many viewers have called or emailed asking for information about the next Taiga drama.
The 55th Taiga drama is titled Sanada Maru. It is about the life of Yukimura Sanada, who is considered one of Japan’s last great commanders of the Sengoku — or warring — period. Yukimura’s actual name was Nobushige, and he was born to an exceptionally intelligent father, Masayuki Sanada, who was himself considered a great military strategist.
The Sengoku period lasted from 1467-1603 and was a time of great political turbulence, social upheaval, and almost constant military battles. Eventually, three warlords emerged as key figures in unifying Japan and ending the warring period: Oda Nobunaga, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Sanada Yukimura was aligned with Toyotomi, and led the defense of Toyotomi’s stronghold, Osaka Castle, against the much larger forces of Tokugawa. Sanada built a fortress on the periphery of Osaka Castle which came to be known as Sanada Maru. In the Siege of Osaka, the fortress was impenetrable, which helped solidify Sanada’s legendary status. He has been called “a hero who may appear once in a hundred years”.
Sanada Maru begins on Tuesday, February 16, at 8pm.