We often receive comments from viewers asking for more information about dramas airing on KIKU. Sometimes people just want to know how many episodes are in the series and when it will end. Other times, we are asked for the names of actors appearing in those dramas, and other series they’ve appeared in. And sometimes we are asked about the theme songs and the performers of those songs.

A lot of this information is available on the internet, but what’s makes searching difficult is we often change the titles of the series from the original Japanese titles.

We do this for two reasons: first is because the Japanese title may be long and complicated, and difficult to remember if English is your first language. And second, because the literal translation from Japanese to English doesn’t always make sense. When we change a title, we try to come up with one that best describes the spirit or essence of the show. Here are a few examples of original Japanese titles and the English titles we assigned those dramas:

Yoidore Kotouji – Oyaji Samurai

110k Keiji  – Fat Detective

Hanayome Noren – Behind the Noren

Naruyouni Narusa – Let It Be

Wataru Seken wa Onibakari – Making It Through

So, we apologize if this makes it harder for you to search for information about the shows. Our goal is actually to make it easier to understand what the show is about.

Ja, ne!




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8 Responses to Coming Up With New Titles



  2. Wayne Yoshioka says:

    Thank you for the update on the names of the shows. What is the title of the theme song for Oyaji Samurai, and who is the artist that sings it?

    • Phyllis Kihara says:

      Hi Wayne, sorry for the delay getting back to you. I think the song you are asking about is Deai ni Kaerasete and the artist is Mariko Takahashi.

  3. L Analu says:

    I think you’ve read the minds of many more of us viewers! Thank you very much, KIKU, for explaining. Learning more background of the drama & actors (via our Internet searches) helps to give us more context, plus build our interest, anticipation & appreciation for the dramas KIKU offers. There have been lengthy searches to identify original titles of the dramas (including the examples you’ve given). We express a big domo arigatou for your just-now website update of current shows that includes the original Japanese titles(!) & hope it will be a permanent change. Domo, KIKU. –LA

  4. David Taylor says:

    When will the audio quality finally be fixed? I know the facilities were damaged during the big windstorm, but it’s been over a month now.

    • Phyllis Kihara says:

      Thank you for your patience and sorry for the delay. We’re hoping this week. It’s taken a lot longer than we would have liked, but it’s not for lack of trying. We first had to diagnose the problem, then order new equipment, then get the new equipment configured. And reconfigured. We are now waiting for the new equipment to be installed at Oceanic.

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